Scotland: Zander Fagerson set for 50th cap in series deciding clash with Argentina

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his line-up for their series decider against Argentina at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades on Saturday.

Tighthead prop Zander Fagerson is set to make his 50th appearance for his country, but there’s no Ben White at scrum-half as he drops out of the 23.

While Fagerson makes it a half-century of caps, full-back Ollie Smith will earn his first this weekend as he comes in for Rory Hutchinson at number 15.

It is also a momentous occasion for Hamish Watson as he leads Scotland for the first time, forming one part of the same back-row from last week.

Jonny Gray returns

In the second-row there’s a return for Jonny Gray as he joins Scott Cummings at lock while Ewan Ashman is at hooker and Rory Sutherland is the loosehead.

With White missing out, Ali Price returns and will be vice-captain alongside Blair Kinghorn at half-back. Price’s replacement option on the bench will be George Horne.

Elsewhere, Duhan van der Merwe retains his spot on the left wing while Rufus McLean starts at 14. Sione Tuipulotu joins Mark Bennett in the midfield.

The bench includes Pierre Schoeman, Dave Cherry, Glen Young, Javan Sebastian, Andy Christie, Ross Thompson and last weekend’s starter, Sam Johnson.

Scotland: 15 Ollie Smith, 14 Rufus McLean, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson (c), 6 Rory Darge, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Ewan Ashman, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 Dave Cherry, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Glen Young, 20 Andy Christie, 21 George Horne, 22 Ross Thompson, 23 Sam Johnson

Date: Saturday, July 16
Venue: Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades, Santiago Del Estero
Kick-off: 16:10 local (20:10 BST, 19:10 GMT)
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Tual Trainini (France)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

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