Luke Crosbie to captain Scotland A in Chile

Luke Crosbie to captain Scotland A in Chile

Edinburgh Rugby flanker Luke Crosbie will captain Scotland A against Chile this Saturday in the first match of this year’s tour of South America - live on Premier Sports (kick-off 9pm BST).

Crosbie, 25, made his Scotland debut against Tonga last year and will partner Ben Muncaster who will pull on his first senior Scotland jersey having graduated from Scotland Under-20s and impressed with Edinburgh Rugby last season.

Glasgow Warriors back rower Matt Fagerson makes his return from injury and will start the match at number 8.

Scott Cummings will start the match having missed the Six Nations through injury, and he’ll be joined in the second-row by Jamie Hodgson who played against France and Italy during the championship this year.

In the front row Glasgow Warriors’ prop Jamie Bhatti and Javan Sebastian will start the game, alongside Dave Cherry. The Edinburgh Rugby hooker last played for Scotland in 2021 when he featured in all of the matches during the Six Nations Championship.

In the backs, Glasgow Warriors’ duo George Horne and Ross Thompson are partnered at 9 and 10.

Warriors’ centre Sione Tuipulotu will be Vice-Captain for the match with Edinburgh Rugby’s Matt Currie also in the centre.

Damien Hoyland will play his first match for Scotland since 2017 after bouncing back from injury last season with Edinburgh Rugby. Glasgow Warriors’ winger Rufus McLean is also named with Ollie Smith making his first appearance in a senior Scotland shirt having trained with the team this year.

On the bench Glasgow Warriors’ Johnny Matthews is the replacement hooker with fellow clubmate George Turner ruled out through illness. Murphy Walker and Glen Young will be aiming for their first appearances in a Scotland shirt while Ali Price, Blair Kinghorn and Mark Bennett are all options from the bench.

English Premiership players are unavailable for this match due to the game falling outside of the international window.

Chile will use the match as preparation for their Rugby World Cup play-offs against USA after beating Canada last year in an Americas qualifying match. This will be the first time Chile have played a Six Nations team in more than 60 years.

Scotland A were last in action in February 2014 at Scotstoun Stadium in a match against England Saxons where Byron McGuigan scored Scotland’s only try in a 16-16 draw.

Following the match in Santiago, Gregor Townsend’s touring party will travel to Argentina for a three-test series.

Scotland A team to face Chile at the Estadio Santa Laura Universidad SEK, Santiago, live on Premier Sports, Saturday 25 June - kick-off 9pm BST.

15. Ollie Smith - Glasgow Warriors- 0 caps
14. Damien Hoyland - Edinburgh Rugby - 4 caps
13. Matt Currie - Edinburgh Rugby - 0 caps
12. Sione Tuipulotu - Glasgow Warriors - (Vice-Captain) - 5 caps
11. Rufus McLean - Glasgow Warriors - 2 caps
10. Ross Thompson - Glasgow Warriors - 1 cap
9. George Horne - Glasgow Warriors - 17 caps

1. Jamie Bhatti - Glasgow Warriors - 22 caps
2. Dave Cherry - Edinburgh Rugby - 5 caps
3. Javan Sebastian - Scarlets - 1 cap
4. Jamie Hodgson - Edinburgh Rugby - 5 caps
5. Scott Cummings - Glasgow Warriors - 21 caps
6. Ben Muncaster - Edinburgh Rugby - 0 caps
7. Luke Crosbie - Edinburgh Rugby- (Captain) - 1 cap
8. Matt Fagerson - Glasgow Warriors - 21 caps

Replacements

16. Johnny Matthews - Glasgow Warriors - 0 caps
17. Pierre Schoeman - Edinburgh Rugby - 9 caps
18. Murphy Walker - Glasgow Warriors - 0 caps
19. Glen Young - Edinburgh Rugby - 0 caps
20. Magnus Bradbury - Edinburgh Rugby - 18 caps
21. Ali Price - Glasgow Warriors - 51 caps
22. Blair Kinghorn - Edinburgh Rugby - 31 caps
23. Mark Bennett - Edinburgh Rugby - 24 caps


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