Laidlaw and Hogg back for Scotland against Fiji

© SNSStuart Hogg will play for Scotland against Fiji just seven weeks after ankle surgery.
Stuart Hogg will play for Scotland against Fiji just seven weeks after ankle surgery.

Scotland have made nine changes to their side to take on Fiji in the second Autumn Test with Greig Laidlaw restored to captain after nearly two years.

Laidlaw and fellow French exile Finn Russell return to the side alongside Stuart Hogg, who hasn’t played for nearly two months after ankle surgery.

Hogg was a shock recall to the squad this week and goes straight into the team at the expense of Blair Kinghorn. Laidlaw had been Scotland’s regular captain until he was injured in the second game of the 2017 Six Nations in Paris, when John Barclay took on the role.

Laidlaw returned to the team in this year’s Six Nations but Barclay retained the skipper’s job until he was injured at the end of last season, when hooker Stuart McInally took on the role.

The uncapped Sam Skinner starts in the second row with Pete Horne, Sean Maitland, Fraser Brown, Grant Gilchrist and Matt Fagerson – still only 20 and making his first appearance at home – all coming into the side.

Jonny Gray is on the bench, as is Josh Strauss, who hasn’t played for Scotland since they lost to Fiji in Suva two summers ago.

Team: S Hogg; T Seymour, A Dunbar, P Horne (all Glasgow), S Maitland (Saracens); F Russell (Racing 92), G Laidlaw (Clermont-Ferrand); A Dell (Edinburgh), F Brown (Glasgow), WP Nel (Edinburgh); S Skinner (Exeter), G Gilchrist (Edinburgh); R Wilson (Glasgow), J Ritchie (Edinburgh), M Fagerson (Glasgow).

Replacements: S McInally (Edinburgh), A Allan (Glasgow), S Berghan (Edinburgh), J Gray (Glasgow), J Strauss (Sale), G Horne (Glasgow), C Harris (Newcastle).

 

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