NatWest 6 Nations Championship
Kinghorn earns first start for Scots in Dublin
Blair Kinghorn is set to make his first start for Scotland against Ireland in Dublin (pic SNS Group)
Edinburgh Rugby back Blair Kinghorn is set to make his first start for Scotland in Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash against an unbeaten Ireland side in Dublin.
He is the only change to Gregor Townsend’s starting XV on Saturday after back-to-back wins over France and England at BT Murrayfield.
Kinghorn comes in to replace the injured Glasgow Warriors wing Tommy Seymour, who has failed to recover sufficiently from the back injury sustained in the Calcutta Cup win.
Glasgow Warriors wing Lee Jones steps up to the bench.
Townsend has made one further change to the replacements bench, with Glasgow Warriors hooker Fraser Brown – who featured in all but two Scotland Tests last year – returning from injury to replace Scott Lawson.
“We were delighted with the result against England and backing up our win against France with an improved performance,” said Townsend.
“The intent we showed in attack and defence in the first half was very encouraging and we continued to work hard in the second-half. The effort that went into denying England a second try in the closing minutes was great to see.
“Our players had prepared very well for the challenge of taking on England and there has been a similar focus and commitment this week at training.
“There are a few areas of our game that we are working to improve and we are aware that we will have to be better if we are to beat a very good Ireland side in Dublin.”
Scotland: Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Huw Jones Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russsell (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Gordon Reid (London Irish), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Scarlets, captain), Hamish Watson Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).
Replacements: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), David Denton (Worcester Warriors), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors).