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Nel replaces Fagerson as Scotland name team to face Ireland

Gregor Townsend has made four changes from the team that lost to Wales.

Nel replaces Fagerson as Scotland name team to face Ireland SNS Group

WP Nel will replace Zander Fagerson in the Scotland team that face Ireland in the Six Nations on Sunday as Gregor Townsend makes four changes to his side.

Fagerson is serving a four-game suspension for an illegal clear out on Wales’ Wyn Jones, handing Nel his first start since the 2019 World Cup match against Japan.

Townsend has also brought in Sean Maitland to replace Darcy Graham on the wing, while Sam Johnson and Jamie Ritchie replace James Lang and Blade Thomson.

Townsend said: “We are well aware of the threats posed by an experienced Ireland squad and our players have prepared for a contest they know is going to require one of their best performances.

“We had prepared well for our postponed game against France, and the players have adapted well to the change of plans and have brought real energy and focus to our training sessions this week.”

“Playing Ireland is always a physical affair and one that demands you keep stepping up to make tackles or contest for possession. They have played well in their opening three games of the Championship and have some outstanding players in their squad. It should be a cracking game.”