Darge earns first start for Scotland this weekend

Darge earns first start for Scotland this weekend

Rory Darge will make his first start for Scotland on Saturday when they take on France in the third match of this year’s Guinness Six Nations Championship at BT Murrayfield.

The Glasgow Warriors flanker made his international debut at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff earlier this month and is named alongside Hamish Watson and Magnus Bradbury in a new-look starting back-row. Bradbury has been involved in the two previous Six Nations matches but will start his first game for Scotland since 2020 on Saturday.

Exeter Chiefs’ Sam Skinner replaces his club teammate Jonny Gray, who is ruled out through injury, in the second row and will partner Edinburgh Rugby’s Grant Gilchrist fresh from collecting his 50th cap in Cardiff.

Edinburgh Rugby duo Pierre Schoeman and Stuart McInally retain their front row berths from the Wales v Scotland match with Glasgow Warriors’ Zander Fagerson returning to the starting line-up.

Glasgow Warriors centre Sione Tuipulotu starts for a second consecutive game at inside centre, alongside Gloucester Rugby’s Chris Harris in midfield.

Worcester Warriors’ Duhan van der Merwe continues on the left wing with Edinburgh’s Darcy Graham occupying the right-wing position after his try scoring appearance in Wales.

Glasgow Warriors’ Ali Price and Racing 92’s Finn Russell are the half-back pairing for the sixth game in a row and Exeter Chiefs full-back Stuart Hogg will lead the team out 10 years on from his first start for Scotland, against France in 2012.

In the replacements Glasgow Warriors’ hooker George Turner and Edinburgh Rugby prop WP Nel are named along with Oli Kebble who is included after joining the squad this week.

Edinburgh Rugby’s Jamie Hodgson and Nick Haining will be aiming to make their first appearances in this year’s Guinness Six Nations off the bench. Hodgson made his Scotland debut in the Autumn Nations Series against Tonga and featured in two subsequent matches.

London Irish’s Ben White is once again selected as well as Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn.

Kinghorn’s teammate at club level, Mark Bennett, makes his return to a Scotland squad for the first time since 2018 and will start from the bench. The centre has impressed for Edinburgh this season and will look to add to his 22 caps in an international career that has seen him start on 17 occasions and score six tries.

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Scotland team to face France in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations at BT Murrayfield live on BBC One, Saturday, 26 February – kick-off 2.15pm.

15. Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs – (Captain) – 90 caps

14. Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 24 caps

13. Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby – 33 caps

12. Sione Tuipulotu – Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps

11. Duhan van der Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 15 caps

10. Finn Russell – Racing 92 – (Vice-Captain) – 60 caps

9. Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 48 caps

1. Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – 6 caps

2. Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps

3. Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 44 caps

4. Sam Skinner – Exeter Chiefs – 17 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – (Vice-Captain) – 50 caps

6. Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap

7. Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby – 47 caps

8. Magnus Bradbury – Edinburgh Rugby – 16 caps


16. George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps

17. Oli Kebble – Glasgow Warriors – 11 caps

18. WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps

19. Jamie Hodgson – Edinburgh Rugby – 3 caps

20. Nick Haining – Edinburgh Rugby – 10 caps

21. Ben White – London Irish – 2 caps

22. Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 29 caps

23. Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps


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