BORDERER Darcy Graham will start for Scotland against Georgia on Saturday in the final match before the upcoming Rugby World Cup with fellow Hawick man Rory Sutherland listed as a replacement.

Head coach Gregor Townsend named his squad for The Famous Grouse Nations Series fixture which is the last of three home summer Tests at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.

And he named a squad of 23 with six changes from the team selected for the narrow 30-27 defeat to Rugby World Cup hosts France in St Etienne two weeks ago.

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Blindside flanker Ritchie will feature in an unchanged back row, with former Southern Knight Rory Darge on the openside and Jack Dempsey at number 8.

Vice-captain Grant Gilchrist is joined in the second row by Sam Skinner, behind a new-look front row containing Jamie Bhatti and WP Nel at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively, and Dave Cherry at hooker.

In the back division, Ben White returns at scrum-half alongside Finn Russell – also a vice-captain – at stand-off.

Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones once more resume their partnership at centre, and Darcy Graham returns to action to complete a back three alongside fellow wing Duhan van der Merwe and Ollie Smith, who starts at full back.

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Among the replacement forwards, Ewan Ashman, Rory Sutherland and Javan Sebastian offer front row ballast, with Scott Cummings and Matt Fagerson also listed.

George Horne, Ben Healy and Chris Harris also get the nod as back replacements to complete Townsend’s final squad ahead of next month’s tournament in France.

Scotland will compete in Pool B of Rugby World Cup 2023, where they will face South Africa, Tonga, Romania and Ireland.

Scotland: Backs: Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors), Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby), Finn Russell (Bath Rugby) – Vice-Captain, Ben White (Toulon)

Forwards: Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby), WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby), Sam Skinner (Edinburgh Rugby), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – Captain, Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors)

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Replacements: Ewan Ashman (Edinburgh Rugby), Rory Sutherland (unattached), Javan Sebastian (Edinburgh Rugby). Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Healy (Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby)

Tickets for Saturday’s game against Georgia (kick-off 5.30pm) are still available with kids under 12 free until midnight on Thursday (T&Cs apply).

There are no Autumn Test fixtures this year, so this is your last chance to see Scotland men in action on home soil in 2023!