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Chris Harris named in Scotland team to face Wales on Saturday

Chris Harris named in Scotland team to face Wales on Saturday
Chris Harris has maintained his place in the Scotland starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

​Head Coach Gregor Townsend makes three changes to his starting XV, all in the pack where hooker and vice-captain Stuart McInally, number 8 Magnus Bradbury (both Edinburgh), and second-row Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) come in – the latter starting for the first time this campaign.

Glasgow Warriors pair Fraser Brown (hooker) and Scott Cummings (second-row) move to the bench as a consequence, with fellow Warrior Matt Fagerson coming into the match-day squad to take the place among the replacements vacated by the promoted Bradbury, with Nick Haining unavailable through illness.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said:

“We set out this season to improve our consistency over a run of five tough games, something we have done well so far.

“We’ve stayed in the fight in every game, which is a credit to how hard the players have worked in training and during the Tests.

“It’s also been encouraging to see how well the players have grown together and have taken on board the input from new coaches, Steve (Tandy) and Pieter (de Villiers), who have done a great job in their first season with the team.

“We have huge respect for the Welsh team, who narrowly missed out on a World Cup Final a few months ago. They are well coached and have some outstanding players.

“It will be a fantastic occasion and one last opportunity to play to our potential in this championship.”

Scotland:

  1. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – 76 caps; 14. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 48 caps, 13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 18 caps, 12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps; 11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 21 caps, 10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps, 9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps; 1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 7 caps, 2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 37 caps, 3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps; 4. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 7 caps, 5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 42 caps; 6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 18 caps, 7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 32 caps, 8. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 14 caps


Substitutes:

  1. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 50 caps, 17. Allan Dell (London Irish) – 32 caps, 18. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 38 caps, 19. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 12 caps, 20. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps, 21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps, 22. Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 28 caps, 23. Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

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