Scotland have made four changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Bank of Scotland Corporate August Test against South Africa at Murrayfield.
Introduced to the team are prop Gavin Kerr, back-row forwards Kelly Brown and Dave Callam and winger Nikki Walker. They replace Allan Jacobsen, Allister Hogg, Simon Taylor and Sean Lamont respectively.
Scotland head coach Frank Hadden explained: “With our first World Cup game 19 days away Saturday is a massive challenge for us.
“As ever the selection is about identifying a team that can win. In this case it’s also about striking a balance between giving as many players in the squad game time and looking for continuity after our victory earlier this month against Ireland.”
Two players were not considered for selection: hooker Scott Lawson and scrum-half Chris Cusiter who are both continuing to recover from ankle injuries.
Hadden added: “Simon Taylor could have played this weekend but we’ve decided in light of the very deep gash to his face that he sustained against Ireland that it will do him no harm to rest.”
Saturday 25 August at Murrayfield (kick-off 5pm)
15 Rory Lamont (Sale Sharks)
14 Nikki Walker (Ospreys)
13 Rob Dewey (Ulster)
12 Andrew Henderson (Glasgow Warriors)
11 Simon Webster (Edinburgh)
10 Chris Paterson (Gloucester)
9 Mike Blair (Edinburgh) *
1 Gavin Kerr (unattached)
2 Ross Ford (Glasgow Warriors) *
3 Euan Murray (Northampton Saints)*
4 Nathan Hines (Perpignan)
5 Jim Hamilton (Leicester Tigers)
6 Jason White (Sale Sharks) CAPTAIN
8 Dave Callam (Edinburgh)*
7 Kelly Brown (Glasgow Warriors) *
16 Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Warriors) *
17 Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh)
18 Scott Murray (Montauban)
19 Allister Hogg (Edinburgh) *
20 Rory Lawson (Gloucester) *
21 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
22 Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh)
* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport.
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France). Touch-judges: Rob Debney and Roy Maybank (both England). TMO: George Clancy (Ireland)