Chile v Scotland A: Luke Crosbie captains’ tourists as three uncapped players start
Gregor Townsend believes Luke Crosbie was “in the lead” after being appointed captain of Scotland’s A game against Chile on Saturday.
Three players who did not play in the opening game of the tour are playing in South America.
Ben Muncaster starts at the back, Matt Curry in the middle and Ola Smith in the center of defense.
Eighth-ranked Matt Ferguson and lock Scott Cummings have returned from injuries to gain experience with Jamie Bhatti and center George Horne.
The Damien Hoyland wing made its Scottish debut within five years.
Edinburgh’s Crosbie arrived for Scotland’s only game against Tonga last year and will lead the team in San Diego before facing Gregor Townsend’s Argentina in a three-match Test series next month.
“He is very proud to represent Scotland and has gained captaincy experience in Edinburgh,” Townsend said.
“A year ago, he was going to coach our A game against England, but he was canceled. We thought about him a lot then and we think about him a lot now. He missed the Six Nations with an injury but has since recovered.
I think at the end of the season he will be one of the best players. ”
Scotland’s Premier League players are ineligible for Chile as they are out of the international window.
The hosts will use the game to prepare for the World Cup playoffs, where they will face the United States.
SRU Head Dodson Extended the Contract
Mark Dodson will be the CEO of Scottish rugby until the summer of 2025 after the board unanimously approved an 18-month contract extension.
Dodson headed the company 12 years ago, and President John Jeffrey said his performance “speaks for itself.”
Jeffrey added: “As we enter a period of significant potential change and some uncertainty, the board unanimously approved a request for a further 18-month extension.
“Through our management review, we have recommended changes to the Scottish rugby structure, which may take time to determine.
“The Mark-led leadership team will help make this happen and it is important that we maintain continuity and experience as this work progresses.”