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Scots Change One for Calcutta Cup Game

Scotland have made only one change for their Calcutta Cup clash with England this weekend

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made only a single change to his starting line-up for his team’s Six Nations game against England at Murrayfield this Saturday at 16 45.

That one change comes in the form of Magnus Bradbury, who takes the place of Nick Haining, who in turn moves to the bench. 

However, the rest of the team remains the same as the one that lost to Ireland 19-12 last weekend. 

That means that Rory Sutherland and Zander Fagerson start either side of hooker Fraser Brown, with Scott Cummings and Jonny Gray slotting in behind the trio in the second-row. 

It’s an all-Edinburgh back-three with Jamie Ritchie at blindside-flanker, Hamish Watson on the openside and Bradbury at No 8. 

Ali Price continues alongside Adam Hastings in the half-backs, with Finn Russell still missing from the squad, while Sam Johnson and Huw Jones will have another chance to impress in the midfield pairing. 

Blair Kinghorn is once again on the left-wing, with Sean Maitland on the right and captain Stuart Hogg finishes off the starting line-up from full-back. 

There is plenty of excitement on the bench with the likes of Stuart McInally, Haining, George Horne and Rory Hutchinson among the replacements for Townsend to call upon if needed. 

Speaking ahead of the game Townsend is aware of the threat that England possess and has warned his team that they will need to be at their best to get a positive result on Saturday. 

“England are an excellent team whose run to the Rugby World Cup final was no fluke. They will be smarting from their opener in Paris and Eddie [Jones, Head Coach] will have them primed to come to Edinburgh and put in an improved performance. This famous fixture is one that stands out given the history surrounding it and we will have to be at our very best to stand a chance of winning against our oldest rivals,” he said. 

Both sides head into the game on the back of opening round losses and will be desperate to kick-start their Six Nations campaign, while the hosts will be hoping to get one over on their rivals and hold on to the Calcutta Cup for a third-year running with another great result. 

Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below. 

Starting XV: 

15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – 73 caps

14. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 45 caps

13. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps

11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 18 caps

10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps

1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 4 caps

2. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 47 caps

3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 26 caps

4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps

5. Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 56 caps

6. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 15 caps

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 29 caps

8. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 11 caps

Replacements: 

16. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 34 caps

17. Allan Dell (London Irish) – 29 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 24 caps

19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 23 caps

20. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 1 cap

21. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps

22. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – 4 caps

23. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 15 caps

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Cian Healy signs short term extension

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Ireland and Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Cian is Ireland’s most capped prop forward having lined out for Ireland on 107 occasions to date. He made his Ireland debut against Australia in November 2009 and was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia making two appearances before injury ended his involvement.

Cian has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and represented Leinster on 226 occasions winning four Heineken Cup titles during his career in blue.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Cian has been a cornerstone of both the Irish and Leinster packs for over a decade.  He has shown incredible resilience to come back from serious injury and perform at the highest level.  Cian has a lot to contribute to Irish Rugby and we are delighted that he has signed on for another year.”

Cian Healy, commented,

“My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever.  I am lucky enough to currently be part to two teams with the same mentality which is special and I look forward to another season of pushing boundaries and achieving our goals.

I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career and looking forward to having our supporters back in stadia.”

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O’Mahony Signs Contract Extension with IRFU

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Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O’Mahony has signed a two year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

Peter made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012 and has gone on to win 74 caps and captain his country on eight occasions.  A Lions tourist in 2017, Peter captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

Peter has represented Munster on 141 occasions becoming captain of his province in 2013 at the age of 24.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad.  He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster.”

Peter O’Mahony, commented,

“It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware, however, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch.”

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Sexton extends contract

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Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the Ireland captaincy in January 2020 and is one of Irish rugby’s most decorated players.

He has been central to both Ireland and Leinster’s success for over a decade following his international debut against Fiji in November 2009.

A two time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Johnny has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels.  He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.”

Johnny Sexton, commented,

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments.   I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.  My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”

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