Scotland vs New Zealand LIVE rugby: Result and reaction as hosts denied historic win over All Blacks

Scotland vs New Zealand LIVE rugby: Result and reaction as hosts denied historic win over All Blacks

Scotland were denied a historic first victory over New Zealand as a nine-point lead against the All Blacks slipped through their fingers in the autumn internationals at Murrayfield.

In the first meeting of the teams in five years, New Zealand made lightning start to quiten the Murrayfield crowd with scores from Samisoni Taukei’aho and debutant Mark Telea inside seven minutes.

But the match turned following a chip-and-charge from Stuart Hogg, resulting in a penalty try and yellow card for Anton Lienert-Brown. Scotland took full advantage, with Darcy Graham intercepting and then finishing a brilliant try to level.

The returning Finn Russell kicked Scotland into the lead before half time, before stretching their advantage to nine points after the break. But New Zealand hit back when Jack Dempsey was shown a yellow card for a knock-on, and Scott Barrett crashed over to help restore their lead.

And a second try from Telea late on sealed New Zealand’s win, as Scotland were made to regret missed chances earlier in the contest. Follow live reaction from Scotland vs New Zealand, below.

Scotland vs New Zealand LIVE: Latest updates

  • FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

  • TRY! Telea scores second try to put match beyond Scotland (23-31)

  • TRY! Scott Barrett crashes over against 14-man Scotland (23-24)

  • YELLOW CARD! Dempsey sent to the bin for knock-on (23-17)

  • PENALTY! Finn Russell kicks Scotland into nine-point lead (23-14)

  • TRY! Graham races clear to level after All Blacks yellow card (14-14)

  • TRY! Hogg impeded and Scotland score penalty try (7-14)

  • TRY! Debutant Telea touches down to double All Blacks lead (0-14)

  • TRY! Taukei’aho powers over from lineout as All Blacks make fast start (0-7)

  • Doddie Weir presents match ball at Murrayfield before kick-off

  • Fixture live on Amazon Prime Video

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:51 , Jamie Braidwood

“That was the best opportunity they have had,” says the former Scotland captain John Barclay. “That is a huge opportunity missed. That’s the only way they can look at it. And that will hurt more than Australia two weeks ago, but a lot, because some of those players won’t get the opportunity to play New Zealand again. It would have a huge win for the country, to kick on from a disappointing Six Nations. They best teams have an opportunity and take it. New Zealand found a way to win.”

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:41 , Jamie Braidwood

Reaction from Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend: “We’re disappointed. There’s so much to be proud about the performance but we didn’t see it though and that’s the disappointment for us as a squad and supporters. We will look back at the opportunities and the way they got back in the game, our errors, penalties. After the yellow card they were the better team. The courage was good. It was a show of resilience after going 14 points down. There was a lot of good play in there, but we didn’t win. That’s ultimately why we are here.”

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:33 , Jamie Braidwood

Reaction from Scotland captain Jamie Ritchie: “It's tough to be on the wrong side of the result. We were there or there abouts. Three penalties on their line but I'm so proud of the boys, we spoke about being courageous and we did that today. It’s bigger than rugby but ee did that for Doddie. Such a special man but we are sorry we couldn't get the result. It means everything. It's hard to put into words. I don't think anybody defines bravery more than Doddie. It's a bit raw to talk about, but that was some of the best rugby we've played over the last three weeks.”

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:29 , Jamie Braidwood

Reaction from former Wales and British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland: “What a great game of rugby. I feel for Scotland a little bit because I thought they played outstandingly well. Scotland kept the All Blacks scoreless for 50 minutes. I thought the difference was the bench for the All Blacks. They had a huge impact going forward, TJ Perenara, Rieko Ioane, that was the difference. Scotland should take pride from that performance.”

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:27 , Jamie Braidwood

Reaction from New Zealand captain Sam Whitelock: “It’s never easy here. It’s such an awesome place to play and you could tell the Scotland side were up for it. Pretty tough at the start, but the guys were awesome. There was a bit of ill-discipline that allowed Scotland to get back into it. They fed on it but we got away with the win. History says it’s not easy here so we’ll take the win.”

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:23 , Jamie Braidwood

Reaction from New Zealand’s Dalton Papali’i, who was named man of the match: “I think we trusted our leaders. We went in at half time and said the rub of the green wasn’t going our way. But we came out and said let’s get back to our basics. We got the momentum back and we went on from there. I wasn’t really calm but we trusted our gain drivers. We trusted their calls and focussed on our job. We knew it was going to be a tough match. Second half we knew it was a big one, we pulled through.”

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FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:20 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland’s brave effort to earn a first ever victory over New Zealand fell agonisingly short in a 31-23 defeat at Murrayfield.

After 31 attempts, Scotland could sense a historic win over the All Blacks, but late tries from Scott Barrett and Mark Telea dashed hopes and ended a spirited performance from Gregor Townsend’s men.

Read the instant report, here:

FULL TIME! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Out it goes, and New Zealand’s winning run over Scotland continues.

But there was a moment, when the hosts were nine-points up, when it looked we were set for a historic result.

But it wasn’t to be.

Scotland 23-31 New Zealand

16:13 , Jamie Braidwood

79 mins: This one will hurt for Scotland. New Zealand have the ball in the corner and there are just second remaining.

TRY! Scotland 23-31 New Zealand (Telea 76’)

16:09 , Jamie Braidwood

Oh and that could be it. It’s a second try for the debutant Mark Telea, set up brilliantly by the substitute Rieko Ioane. New Zealand seized that opportunity, and Jordie Barrett squeezes in a sublime kick from the touchline.

Scotland 23-24 New Zealand

16:08 , Jamie Braidwood

75 mins: New Zealand are into the 22... Just seconds left of the sin bin...

Scotland 23-24 New Zealand

16:07 , Jamie Braidwood

73 mins: Penalty New Zealand! It’s been the story of the game. The All Blacks were sloppy earlier on but they have tightened in the second half, with Scotland now making the costly errors. Graham comes in from the wrong side and Barrett boots into the corner. The All Blacks have about 60 seconds left of their man advantage.

Scotland 23-24 New Zealand

16:03 , Jamie Braidwood

70 mins: And here New Zealand come. They looked to be moving the ball confidently but then Barrett rather strangely kicks through, and Scotland are able to clear.

All they need to do is hold on and hope to go again in the final five or so minutes, when they are back at full strength.

Scotland 23-24 New Zealand

16:01 , Jamie Braidwood

69 mins: Scotland face a long six minutes with 14 men, and they then concede the penalty from the scrum. New Zealand clear to touch.

TRY! Scotland 23-24 New Zealand (Scott Barrett 66’)

15:57 , Jamie Braidwood

With the man advantage, New Zealand go again and Scott Barrett crashes over the line.

Jordie Barrett converts and New Zealand have the lead once more.

Huge task for Scotland now.

YELLOW CARD! Scotland 23-17 New Zealand

15:55 , Jamie Braidwood

65 mins: A yellow card is coming. Jack Dempsey is found out for a deliberate knock-on and Scotland will be down to 14 men for 10 of the remaining 15 minutes.

New Zealand still have a penalty under the posts.

Scotland 23-17 New Zealand

15:54 , Jamie Braidwood

65 mins: The pressure builds from New Zealand... They work through the phases and look to attack down Scotland’s throat - it breaks to Dalton Papali’i who looked to have a free run at the line but Scotland do just enough to hold them back, but is there a penalty in here?

Penalty! Scotland 23-17 New Zealand (J Barrett 63’)

15:51 , Jamie Braidwood

Jordie Barrett kicks New Zealand their first points since seventh minute. They cut Scotland’s lead back to six.

Scotland 23 -14 New Zealand

15:49 , Jamie Braidwood

60 mins: Scotland win the lineout but New Zealand earn an important penalty from the resulting phase. They will have a scrum inside the Scotland 22.

Penalty advantage... and Beauden Barrett chips out wide to Caleb Clarke. It’s overhit.

Scotland 23 -14 New Zealand

15:47 , Jamie Braidwood

59 mins: Almost a chance there, though, as Scotland lose possession and New Zealand go wide to Telea. The winger is forced out of play by Van der Merwe.

Scotland 23 -14 New Zealand

15:45 , Jamie Braidwood

59 mins: There’s an exchange of kicks between Hogg, Russell, Jordie Barrett and Beauden Barrett. Scotland gain some yards but it is remarkable how little threat New Zealand have shown since scoring two tries in the opening seven minutes...

Scotland 23 -14 New Zealand

15:43 , Jamie Braidwood

57 mins: Scotland keep the ball from the lineout, and New Zealand help them out by conceding another penalty. From a nervy situation, Russell can clear downfield.

Scotland 23 -14 New Zealand

15:40 , Jamie Braidwood

55 mins: There are gasps around Murrayfield as Russell sees a ball slip through his fingers, but he is able to get back to recover and Ali Price can clear. New Zealand look for the switch with Barrett kicking towards Clarke, but it goes out of play off the winger!

PENALTY! Scotland 23 -14 New Zealand (Russell 54’)

15:38 , Jamie Braidwood

Thank you very much, says Russell following New Zealand’s latest error. He makes sure of his kick and now Scotland lead by nine!

Is this actually going to happen?

Scotland 20-14 New Zealand

15:36 , Jamie Braidwood

50 mins: There’s an exchange of kicks between Scotland and New Zealand, one brilliantly taken by Van der Merwe, before Barrett slips inside the All Blacks 22. Scotland win the penalty as the All Blacks knock on! That is so sloppy, and Scotland must now take their chance!

And now it’s penalty Scotland from the scrum!

Scotland 20-14 New Zealand

15:33 , Jamie Braidwood

48 mins: CHANCE! Murrayfield rises as Hogg bursts through the New Zealand defence, accelerating towards the line! But the All Blacks get the bodies back and stop Hogg one metre out! New Zealand win the penalty, but Barrett misses touch with his clearance.

Scotland 20-14 New Zealand

15:31 , Jamie Braidwood

46 mins: Scotland then wrestle it back as Ritchie makes a turnover at the breakdown. Russell clears into the 22, so another good opportunity for Scotland as they march downfield.

Scotland 20-14 New Zealand

15:29 , Jamie Braidwood

45 mins: But Scotland lose their momentum as Dempsey is penalised for a high tackle on Ardie Savea. It allows New Zealand to clear.

Scotland 20-14 New Zealand

15:28 , Jamie Braidwood

44 mins: New Zealand concede a silly penalty inside the Scotland 22, the mistakes continuing to add up for the All Blacks. Scotland now have New Zealand on the back foot once again.

PENALTY! Scotland 20-14 New Zealand (Russell 43’)

15:26 , Jamie Braidwood

Perfect from Russell, and Scotland to start this second half. They stretch their lead to six.

Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:24 , Jamie Braidwood

Back underway at Murrayfield! Scotland immediately go on the attack and win the penalty for offside as they tried to build the phases. It gives Finn Russell an early chance to go for the posts, with the penalty pretty central.

HALF TIME! Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:16 , Jamie Braidwood

A brilliant half - from the reception given to Doddie Weir before kick-off to Darcy Graham’s sensational try - it’s been special. “I take my hat off to Scotland,” says Warren Gatland on Amazon.

HALF TIME! Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:09 , Jamie Braidwood

New Zealand kick into touch to end the half and that has to be missed opportunity for Scotland before the break!

But what a half of rugby that was. This is a proper contest, which was unthinkable after the first two minutes.

Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:07 , Jamie Braidwood

39 mins: The lineout breaks favourably for Scotland, and they will launch one last assault on the New Zealand before half-time...

Russell flings one out to Van der Merwe but the winger is slowed down one metre out!

They edge closer as the clock goes red!

But no! Penalty to the All Blacks.

Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:05 , Jamie Braidwood

38 mins: The penalties are racking up for New Zealand, and Scotland win another one now on halfway. Russell kicks for touch again and the edge closer to the line...

Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:03 , Jamie Braidwood

36 mins: There is still pressure on Scotland, though, with the scrum five metres out. Down goes the first attempt, and the second too. But Scotland win the penalty! Russell boots clear.

Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

15:02 , Jamie Braidwood

35 mins: This is serious pressure again from New Zealand, but Scotland hold their own and win the penalty as the All Blacks lose the ball! Barrett had a chance to find Caleb Clarke on his outside, but the pass was slightly behind. There’s good defence from Graham and Hogg and Scotland get the scrum following the knock-on.

Scotland 17-14 New Zealand

14:59 , Jamie Braidwood

33 mins: New Zealand again try to ramp up the pressure and rack up the phases with ball-carrying through the middle. But Scotland stand strong and the All Blacks aren’t able to make much ground. There is an injury concern for Richie Gray, though, who is down.

PENALTY! Scotland 17-14 New Zealand (Russell 30’)

14:56 , Jamie Braidwood

From under the posts, Russell knocks over. Could Scotland had been braver there, and gone for the scrum? Easy to say. They lead.

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:55 , Jamie Braidwood

30 mins: Scotland went for touch and are able to maintain their attack, with New Zealand pinned back to their 5-metre line. Scotland get the advantage and Russell looks for the kick through, but it just goes out of play as Hogg chased. Russell will this time go for the points.

NO TRY! Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:52 , Jamie Braidwood

Wow - if this counts, it is a sensational score!

From the lineout, Scotland win the penalty advantage and go wide through Stuart Hogg. He times the pass to Graham perfectly and the winger touches down acrobatically in the corner.

But it comes back, Graham just touched the line.

Still, Scotland keep the pressure on...

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:52 , Jamie Braidwood

26 mins: Scotland win a lineout and took a chance with a long throw - it was collected by Ritchie and the hand-off almost created a gap for Duhan van der Merwe. New Zealand then concede a penalty and Russell has the chance to kick for touch. Not much of an angle but they gain ground.

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:48 , Jamie Braidwood

23 mins: Now New Zealand look to reassert their authority. They work through the phases with charges through the middle before Jordie Barrett hangs once up. Hogg collects brilliantly and then Russell is able to clear to halfway.

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:46 , Jamie Braidwood

22 mins: Amid the madness, Scotland have lost Hamish Watson to injury. He has been replaced by Jack Dempsey. Now New Zealand’s David Havili is down with a problem.

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:44 , Jamie Braidwood

21 mins: The first scrum of the match offers a chance to breathe. New Zealand will be back up to their full 15 very soon, but Scotland have taken full advantage of Lienert-Brown’s yellow card.

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:41 , Jamie Braidwood

19 mins: What an start we’ve had, and Scotland keep their foot on the gas as Stuart Hogg pressures in the corner to win Scotland the lineout. From it, Sione Tuipulotu gains ground but New Zealand win the penalty after Ritchie tried to roll towards the line.

Scotland 14-14 New Zealand

14:38 , Jamie Braidwood

What a response from Scotland - they have breathed life into this contest. Finn Russell converts from out wide and the hosts are level.

TRY! Scotland 12-14 New Zealand (GRAHAM 15’)

14:35 , Jamie Braidwood

WOW! Scotland have come roaring back! David Havili gives away a gift of a pass, which Darcy Graham intercepts. But what a finish from the Scotland winger, who ducks inside and then out, and crosses in the corner!

PENALTY TRY! Scotland 7-14 New Zealand

14:34 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland are back in it - the TMO awards a penalty try, as well as a yellow card for Lienert-Brown!

Scotland 0-14 New Zealand

14:31 , Jamie Braidwood

12 mins: Chance for Scotland! Stuart Hogg chips, charges and races under the posts. He looks set to touch down but Anton Lienert-Brown chases back and appears to impede Hogg... it’s going to the TMO!

Scotland 0-14 New Zealand

14:30 , Jamie Braidwood

10 mins: Scotland had actually just made their way downfield for the first time, following New Zealand’s opening try - but they conceded a penalty in possession and the All Blacks were ruthless in taking their chance.

TRY! Scotland 0-14 New Zealand (Telea 7’)

14:25 , Jamie Braidwood

New Zealand have another! Two tries in seven minutes! It’s the debutant Mark Telea who touches down, after New Zealand had the penalty advantage. Jordie Barrett picked out the crossfield kick to Telea, who was in acres of space. Barrett then adds the conversion.

TRY! Scotland 0-7 New Zealand (Taukei’aho 3’)

14:21 , Jamie Braidwood

And there’s the opening score! Murrayfield is stunned. That was so easy from New Zealand. From the lineout, the All Blacks retain the ball and Samisoni Taukei’aho powers over. Jordie Barrett adds the conversion - the perfect start for them, but a nightmre for Scotland.

Scotland 0-0 New Zealand

14:21 , Jamie Braidwood

Penalty to New Zealand! Inside two minutes, the debutant Mark Telea makes a nice break on the wing after retrieving a loose kick from Finlay Christie. It leads to a penalty and the All Blacks kick for the corner.

Scotland 0-0 New Zealand

14:19 , Jamie Braidwood

Kick-off! And we are underway.

Scotland vs New Zealand

14:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Incredible scenes as Murrayfield rises to applaud Doddie Weir, one of the greats of Scottish rugby. Five years on from his appearance at the same fixture just months after he revealed his motor neurone disease diagnosis, he presents the ball to Jamie Ritchie ahead of kick-off.

Scotland vs New Zealand

14:15 , Jamie Braidwood

‘Scotland, Scotland!’ rings out around Murrayfield in response. Scotland keep their line, and their distance. Kick-off is next!

Scotland vs New Zealand

14:13 , Jamie Braidwood

Stirring stuff as Flower of Scotland is belted out by 67,000 at Murrayfield - enough for Jamie Ritchie to crack a grin.

Now time for the Haka.

Scotland vs New Zealand

14:09 , Jamie Braidwood

The teams are out! Ahead of the anthems, Murrayfield falls silent for Remembrance Sunday.

Scotland vs New Zealand: Stuart Hogg on captaincy and Jamie Ritchie

14:08 , Jamie Braidwood

Stuart Hogg, speaking to Amazon, on Gregor Townsend’s decision to remove him from the captaincy, following Jamie Ritchie into battle and taking on the All Blacks.

“I found it quite challenging,” he said of losing the captaincy. “I want to concentrate on my preparation, getting my head right and body right. It’s a challenge not being captain but it’s something I accept. I did things as captain that I’m not proud of. Everyone knows what happened after the Italy game. I’m proud of what we did when I was captain, winning in England, winning in Wales, winning in France, but I know Gregor has my best interests at heart. Jamie Ritchie as captain is an unbelievable talent. I can see him captaining Scotland for a long, long time. I want to follow him into battle. We want to look back on this game and know we gave everything. Let’s go out and have some fun.”

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Scotland vs New Zealand: LIVE

14:01 , Jamie Braidwood

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster was under pressure earlier this season but talk of his sacking has calmed ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup thanks to five consecutive wins. Here he is talking to Amazon:

“It’s the last two weeks of the year for us and we have a squad who are pushing for places. I believe it’s the right group for today. It’s a new experience for us. We spent the week in Edinburgh and the guys have been soaking it up. Scotland are a team who are growing and it will be a big ocassion for them.”

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Scotland vs New Zealand: Hosts to ‘throw kitchen sink’ at All Blacks

13:55 , Jamie Braidwood

Chris Harris is relishing his first crack at New Zealand and has vowed that Scotland will “throw the kitchen sink at it” as they bid to make history on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Gloucester centre missed out on the last meeting with the All Blacks, which took place at Murrayfield the week after he made his debut for the national team against Samoa in November 2017.

Asked if facing the All Blacks was the stuff of childhood dreams, Harris said: “Rugby was never a big thing for me growing up. I enjoyed watching it but it was never something I thought I’d be even close to doing professionally, let alone representing Scotland.

“But since getting involved with Scotland, this is the one fixture I’ve wanted to play in. It obviously doesn’t happen very often and I missed out on it when we were due to play them on our summer tour and it got cancelled due to Covid. I’m really excited to play against the All Blacks.

“It’s an opportunity to test our defence against one of the best attacks and to test our attack against a decent defence. It’s an exciting opportunity to test ourselves against New Zealand.

“It would be insane if we could win. It would be a historic win. That is the opportunity for us. We’re looking forward to getting out there.”

Scotland to ‘throw kitchen sink’ at bid for first New Zealand win

Scotland vs New Zealand: Townsend - ‘We might not get the opportunity to play the All Blacks again'

13:47 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend, speaking to Amazon Prime Video: “It’s a huge ocassion. We’ve not played New Zealand since 2017 and that was a very special night, in terms of the energy the crowd brought and getting to show our appreciation for Doddie Weir, which we get to do again today. But also, it was a cracking match and we will have to deliver a better performance today to win.”

On the recall of Finn Russell and how he has looked this week: “Finn has been very good. He got in on Tuesday and he has led the attack really well this week. You can tell on his face that today is a big opportunity for him. We might not get to play New Zealand again so we are going to do everything we can to win.”

On what to expect from New Zealand following their thrashing of Wales in Cardiff: “Something similar - that worked for them last week. Coming to the northern hemisphere, New Zealand have tended to play a tighter game. But we will have to adapt to whatever they throw at us. It’s great weather so it could be attacking rugby, it could be kick chase, it could be up front. We just have to manage those moments.”

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Scotland vs New Zealand: Hosts told to take their chance

13:40 , Jamie Braidwood

Grant Gilchrist has called on Scotland to seize their chance to make history against New Zealand.

The Scots have never beaten the All Blacks, although they came mighty close in their last meeting in 2017 when a strong fightback brought Gregor Townsend’s team within a score of victory before they succumbed to a 22-17 defeat.

Edinburgh lock Gilchrist played in that match and believes the current team are equipped to go a step further and record a victory if they can put all the positive aspects of their game together on Sunday.

“It was one of the highlights of my career, that game,” he said. “It was so special. We came so close.

“We know the amount of effort and the level of performance it will take but what an opportunity it is to play them at home and try to make history. It’s something the team will relish this week.

“If we put everything into our training week, make a few fixes and put on our best performance on Sunday, we believe we can win.”

Grant Gilchrist issues battle cry as Scotland eye historic win over New Zealand

Scotland vs New Zealand: Townsend praises Russell ahead of return

13:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Gregor Townsend praised Finn Russell’s professionalism as he handed the recalled stand-off an instant return to Scotland’s starting XV for Sunday’s showdown with New Zealand.

The high-profile 30-year-old was controversially left out of the initial squad for the autumn internationals, with the head coach citing concerns about his “form and consistency” for Racing 92 as he instead opted to place his faith in Blair Kinghorn and Adam Hastings to be his main options at number 10.

However, Russell – who has had a strained relationship with Townsend at times in recent years – was called up at the start of this week after Hastings withdrew following an injury sustained in last weekend’s victory over Fiji.

“Finn’s been excellent,” said Townsend, when asked how the fly-half had slotted back into the international set-up for the first time since March.

“He came into the squad on Tuesday, he’s got other things going on in his life which are very important, his partner Emma is close to giving birth, but since he’s come in he’s been very professional. He’s trained well, he’s led the attack very well.”

Gregor Townsend praises Finn Russell’s professionalism ahead of Scotland return

Scotland vs New Zealand: Ritchie urges team to be inspired by Doddie Weir

13:20 , Jamie Braidwood

Captain Jamie Ritchie has told his Scotland team-mates to draw inspiration from the presence of Doddie Weir as they bid to conquer New Zealand for the first time in their history on Sunday.

Accompanied by his family, the 52-year-old former Scotland international is expected to be at Murrayfield for the showdown with the All Blacks, five years on from his appearance at the same fixture just months after he revealed his motor neurone disease diagnosis.

The Scots will wear their purple away kit with the numbers on the back in the colour of Weir’s famous blue and yellow tartan to mark the five-year anniversary of his My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which has now committed almost £8 million to research projects across the UK.

“It will be a proud day to lead the boys out for such a big game, especially with Doddie being there,” said Ritchie. “Five years ago, he presented the ball the last time we played New Zealand.

“It was a hugely emotional moment. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house and it will be special to have him there tomorrow.”

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Scotland vs New Zealand: Team news

13:10 , Jamie Braidwood

The All Blacks will debut wing Mark Telea, who was brought in as injury cover for Leicester Fainga'anuku, who returned home for family reasons before the tour-opening test in Japan.

Telea starred for the Blues in their run to the Super Rugby Pacific final, and joined the All Blacks squad as cover during the home series against Ireland.

The All Blacks have made eight changes and a positional switch after beating Wales 55-23 last weekend in Cardiff. They also brought in hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho and prop Nepo Laulala, and rotated in Akira Ioane on the blindside flank and moved Shannon Frizell to the reserves.

Finlay Christie and Beauden Barrett were the halves instead of Aaron Smith and Richie Mo'unga, and centers David Havili and Anton Lienert-Brown were starting after being reserves for the last two tests.

New Zealand team to face Scotland: Jordie Barrett, Mark Telea, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Caleb Clarke, Beauden Barrett, Finlay Christie; Ardie Savea, Dalton Papali’i, Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock (captain), Nepo Laulala, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ethan de Groot

Reserves: Codie Taylor, George Bower, Fletcher Newell, Tupou Vaa’i, Shannon Frizell, TJ Perenara, Stephen Perofeta, Rieko Ioane

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Scotland vs New Zealand: Team news

13:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Finn Russell goes straight into the Scotland XV at fly-half after being recalled to Scotland’s squad follwing injury.

Russell has got the nod to start ahead of Blair Kinghorn at number 10. Kinghorn is once again named on the bench after playing second fiddle to Adam Hastings against Fiji last weekend.

In the other two changes to the team, Fraser Brown replaces the injured George Turner at hooker, while Sione Tuipulotu returns at number 12 in place of Cam Redpath, who will turn out for Bath this weekend.

Scotland team to face New Zealand: Stuart Hogg, Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Matt Fagerson, Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie, Grant Gilchrist, Richie Gray, Zander Fagerson, Fraser Brown, Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Rory Sutherland, WP Nel, Jonny Gray, Jack Dempsey, Ben White, Blair Kinghorn, Mark Bennett

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Scotland vs New Zealand: LIVE

13:02 , Jamie Braidwood

Latest odds

Scotland: 4/1

Draw: 33/1

New Zealand: 1/4

Scotland vs New Zealand: LIVE

13:01 , Jamie Braidwood

The match will kick off at 2:15pm GMT on Sunday 13 November.

How can I watch it?

Like all fixtures in the Autumn Nations Series, the match will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video, which can be accessed across a range of digital devices. If you’re not an Amazon Prime Video subscriber start a free 30-day trial here.

Good afternoon

13:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Scotland vs New Zealand in the autumn internationals. In the first meeting of the teams in the five years, Scotland will be looking to rewrite history with their first ever win over the All Blacks, with the return of Finn Russell to Gregor Townsend’s side also set to be a major talking point at Murrayfield.

Scotland came agonisingly close to a first ever victory over New Zealand in 2017, with the All Blacks holding on to secure a thrilling 22-17 win. Over the past 12 months, New Zealand have been made to look vulnerable and Scotland will hope to join Ireland, France, South Africa and Argentina by inflicting defeat on the fearsome outfit.

Scotland have shuffled their pack with Russell recalled to the squad following his omissions against Australia and Fiji, in what is a huge call from head coach Townsend. The mercurial fly-half remains crucial to Scotland’s hopes, while Chris Harris has vowed that the side will “throw the kitchen sink” at the All Blacks in search of a famous and historic victory.