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Scotland name their team to play against the USA

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Scotland has named their team for the upcoming World Cup game against the USA. 

Scotland has made 10 changes to the starting line-up that beat Japan 45-10 on Wednesday, including making Henry Pyrgos captain of the side. Everyone who was on the bench for Scotland in the first game against Japan has been promoted to the starting team.

Stuart Hogg, Mark Bennett, Finn Russell, Grant Gilchrist and John Hardie retain their places. Jonny Gray, David Denton, Sean Lamont and Tommy Seymour drop from the 23 who played against Japan. Tim Swinson and Duncan Weir get put on the bench.


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Josh Strauss moves from the bench to start at No.8 against the USA to make his full debut for the side only a week after he gained qualification to play for Scotland on residential grounds.

Elsewhere in the side Bennett lines up alongside Peter Horne, who plays at Inside Centre while Matt Scott drops to the bench. Al Strockosch and Strauss replace Ryan Wilson, who drops to the bench, and Denton.

Richie Gray, who was on the bench for the first game against Japan replaces his younger brother Jonny Gray in the Second Row. Tim Visser and Sean Maitland come in on the wings for Lamont and Seymour. Ryan Grant, Fraser Brown, and Jon Welsh make a straight swap in the Front Row.

Finally Henry Pyrgos, who will captain Scotland for the second time in his career on Sunday, comes in for Greig Laidlaw and takes his place as captain of the side. Meanwhile, Russell will be taking the kicks.

Scotland Team in Full







7. Hardie

8. Strauss

9. Pyrgos (C)

10. Russell

11. Visser

12. Horne

13. Bennett

14. Maitland

15. Hogg


16. Ford

17. Dickinson

18. Nel

19. Swinson

20. Wilson

21. Laidlaw

22. Weir

23. Scott

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