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Co-captains named for Scotland rugby team

Scotland have named two captains and four uncapped players in their starting line-up for Saturday’s rugby Test against Tonga at Murrayfield.

Halfback Ali Price and loose-forward Jamie Ritchie will both share the reins in an experiment by coach Gregor Townsend who has also named four new faces on his bench.

As the match falls outside of the international window, Townsend has only been able to call on players based in Scotland, ruling out regular skipper Stuart Hogg, who will play for English side Exeter on Friday.

Those players will return for games against Australia, South Africa and Japan that follow on consecutive weekends.

Winger Rufus McLean, centre Sione Tuipulotu, South Africa-born prop Pierre Schoeman and lock Jamie Hodgson will all make their debuts in the starting line-up while Marshall Sykes, Luke Crosbie, Jamie Dobie and Ross Thompson are the new faces on the bench.

“This week has been our first opportunity since the Six Nations to come together as a team, and our goal is to become a better team over the next month,” Townsend said.

“Saturday will also be a huge occasion for a number of players in our squad who have the honour of playing for their country for the first time.”

Blair Kinghorn will start at five-eighth to partner Price, while Kyle Steyn will add to his single cap as the opposite wing to Glasgow Warriors teammate McLean.

Tighthead prop Zander Fagerson and flanker Hamish Watson both start after they were part of the British & Irish Lions squad that lost the series in South Africa in August.

Scotland team: Darcy Graham, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean, Blair Kinghorn, Ali Price (capt), Matt Fagerson, Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie (capt), Rob Harley, Jamie Hodgson, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Pierre Schoeman

Interchange: Stuart McInally, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Marshall Sykes, Luke Crosbie, Nick Haining, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson.

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