Zander Ferguson to MISS Scotland's Six Nations clash with England

Scotland prop Zander Ferguson to MISS his side’s opening Six Nations clash with England… as head coach Gregor Townsend opts against risking the 27-year-old after two months out with a hamstring injury

  • Zander Ferguson won’t be risked in Scotland’s Calcutta Cup clash with England 
  • Ben White has got the nod over Ali Price at scrum-half for Scotland 

Scotland have decided against throwing Zander Fagerson straight back into action in Saturday’s Six Nations opener away to England.

Forwards coach John Dalziel said on Tuesday the Glasgow prop was in contention for the Calcutta Cup showdown despite being sidelined since the start of December with a hamstring injury.

However, management have opted to give the 2021 British and Irish Lions squad member more time to get up to speed as he has not been included in the side for this weekend’s match at Twickenham.

WP Nel, the 36-year-old Edinburgh prop, takes over from Fagerson in the number three jersey.

Other notable selections include London Irish scrum-half Ben White getting the nod over regular number nine Ali Price, who is not even on the bench.

Zander Ferguson will not feature for Scotland in their Calcutta Cup match on Saturday

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has opted not to risk Zander Ferguson against England

Ben White has been given the nod over Ali Price at scrum-half for the match at Twickenham

Chris Harris – who starts on the bench – is another surprise omission from the XV, with Huw Jones taking over from the Gloucester centre.

Kyle Steyn has beaten off competition from Blair Kinghorn and Sean Maitland to take the place of the injured Darcy Graham on the wing.

Edinburgh flanker Luke Crosbie is the least experienced player in the 23 with two caps. He starts at number seven.

Key duo Stuart Hogg and Duhan van der Merwe are both in the XV despite recent fitness concerns.

There is no surprise that Finn Russell is selected at stand-off after forcing his way back to the head of the queue for the number 10 shirt with a couple of impressive displays against New Zealand and Argentina in November following his omission from the initial squad for the Autumn Tests.

Finn Russell will take the No 10 shirt after forcing his way back into the side at the end of 2022


Team: 15-Stuart Hogg, 14-Kyle Steyn, 13-Huw Jones, 12-Sione Tuipulotu, 11-Duhan van der Merwe, 10-Finn Russell, 9-Ben White, 8-Matt Fagerson, 7-Luke Crosbie, 6-Jamie Ritchie (capt.), 5-Grant Gilchrist, 4-Richie Gray, 3-WP Nel, 2-George Turner, 1-Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: 16-Fraser Brown, 17-Jamie Bhatti, 18-Simon Berghan, 19-Jonny Gray, 20-Jack Dempsey, 21-George Horne, 22-Blair Kinghorn, 23-Chris Harris.

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