Watson returns as Townsend names team to face Argentina

Scotland face Argentina in the second test on Saturday.

Hamish Watson returns from injury for Scotland test against Argentina SNS Group

Hamish Watson has returned from injury to win his 50th international cap against Argentina in Scotland’s second test on Saturday.

Gregor Townsend has named his side for the match in Salta and Watson will replace Edinburgh team-mate Luke Crosbie in the team.

The change is one of five that the Scotland head coach has made for the latest game on the South American tour.

Ben White will make his first start, replacing Ali Price at scrum-half. The London Irish player’s previous appearances, including his try-scoring debut against England, have all come off the bench.

Dave Cherry, Sam Skinner and Rory Darge come into the pack, replacing George Turner, Jonny Gray and Magnus Bradbury.

Townsend revealed the players are billing the match as a “cup semi-final” after their 26-18 defeat in Jujuy left them one down in the three test series.

The head coach said: “It is a cup semi-final for us and we have got to make sure we put our game out there.

“We didn’t do that last weekend. We were frustrated with our performance and the errors that we made.

“We want to get better. This tour is about a number of things – a group of players come together for four weeks and seeing how that environment is.

“It is about giving players opportunities but it is also about winning a test series.

“We have made things more difficult for ourselves now by not winning the first test but all our effort is going toward winning this weekend.”

Scotland team to face Argentina at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, live on Sky Sports, Saturday 9 July – kick-off 8.10pm BST.

15. Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints – 6 caps
14. Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 28 caps
13. Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 25 caps
12. Sam Johnson – Glasgow Warriors – 25 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 17 caps
10. Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 32 caps
9. Ben White – London Irish – 5 caps
1. Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – 10 caps
2. Dave Cherry – Edinburgh Rugby – 5 caps
3. Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 48 caps
4. Sam Skinner – Edinburgh Rugby – 21 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – (Captain) – 54 caps
6. Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – 5 caps
7. Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby (Vice-Captain) – 49 caps
8. Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps


16. George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 26 caps
17. Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps
18. Javan Sebastian – Scarlets – 2 caps
19. Scott Cummings – Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps
20. Andy Christie – Saracens – 1 cap
21. Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 52 caps
22. Ross Thompson – Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap
23. Kyle Rowe – London Irish – uncapped

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