Fiji, Scotland name starting teams for Test


Scotland hooker Ross Ford is set to break his country’s caps record on Saturday after being named in the starting line-up to face Fiji.

Ford is poised to earn his 110th cap as coach Gregor Townsend announced 12 changes to the side which began the match against Australia. Glasgow centre Nick Grigg is set to make his debut, with Finn Russell having left the tour to link up with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand and Alex Dunbar granted permission to leave the tour a week early.

Grigg is one of three players who have not featured on the tour so far to get their first outing against Fiji. Alex Allan, the Glasgow prop whose only cap came three years ago, comes in for Gordon Reid in a new-look front row. John Hardie, who should have played the opening game against Italy but damaged his back in the work-up, also starts.

Fiji sprang their own surprises when they named a side showing seven changes from the one which squeaked past Italy with an 80th-minute drop goal. Niko Matawalu, a former crowd favourite at Glasgow, has been left out, though Leone Nakarawa, who also played in Scotland, is included.

Scotland: Jackson; Hoyland, Grigg, Taylor, Visser; Horne, Pyrgos; Allan, Ford, Nel; Swinson, Gray; Barclay, Hardie, Strauss.

Replacements: Brown, Reid, Fagerson, Toolis, Watson, Wilson, Price, Tonks.

Fiji: Murimurivalu; Tuisova, Vulivuli, Vatubua, Osborne; Volavola, Vularika; Ravai, Koto, Tawake; Cavubati, Nakarawa; Waqaniburotu, Yato, Qera,

Replacements: Talemaitoga, Veitayaki, Ducivaki, Nabou, Dawai, Seniloli, Stewart, Masilevu.