Preview: Chile v Scotland A
Scotland A face Chile at Estadio Santa Laura-Universidad SEK on Saturday as their summer tour in South America begins.
What they said:
Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “For the tour ahead, we’re getting an opportunity to have an extra game, see players that are going to challenge for a test start but also players that are not going to be involved in the test series, so that’s a bonus.
“We’re playing an international side that have already won this year against Russia and Canada. They play America the following week for a place in the World Cup, so they’ll be a massive challenge for us.
“And just getting an extra game, just seeing players that are desperate to play for Scotland in any form, and for some this is the first time outside of age group rugby they’ve played for the national team.
Damien Hoyland said: “I’m absolutely buzzing for the opportunity I’ve got right now, just being involved in the camp and being able to showcase what I’ve got in training, it’s always an opportunity and one that I’m very excited about.
“I feel that I hit some good form at the start of the season which I’ve maybe not had for the last few years.
“I’m confident now that I’ve got that form, I’ve got that confidence and my body is feeling so I can just kick on from here hopefully.
“There’s a lot of competition. Across all positions in the back line, the competition is great. I feel that competition is always good for me and it’s always got the best out of me as well.
“They’re going to be a tough side. I think it’s going to be one we’re going to have to be prepared for physically and mentally because it’s going to be a tough game, but it’s going to be one that we’re going to be mentally switched on for and one we think we can get one up on.”
Head Coach Gregor Townsend reflects on his selections for the Scotland A side to take on Chile. #AsOne pic.twitter.com/crw3gmrFcr
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) June 23, 2022
- This is the first ever match between Chile and Scotland, and a first game for Scotland A since 2014.
- Luke Crosbie will captain a Scotland side for the first time.
Where to Watch
Join us in the Scottish Rugby Match Centre on Saturday for exclusive insight, match stats and live commentary from Santiago.
As always we’ll bring you the big moments as they happen, along with the latest from inside the Scotland camp.
Chile v Scotland A kicks off at 9pm BST and you can watch the game live on Premier Sports in the UK and Republic of Ireland from 8.50pm.