Scotland make four changes for Canada clash

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has made four changes to the starting side for Saturday’s summer tour Test match against Canada in Toronto.

Two of the four are injury-enforced, with lock Grant Gilchrist and centre Peter Horne replacing injured Jim Hamilton and Duncan Taylor.

Horne’s outing will be his first start for the national team, having made two substitute appearances on last year’s summer tour.

A knee injury sustained in his second Test against South Africa curtailed the 24-year-old playmaker’s international involvement this season.

He returned to action for Glasgow Warriors in April and now aims to extend his international honours in the three remaining summer Tests.

Gilchrist will make his third start and sixth appearance for Scotland, with the added responsibility of calling the lineouts alongside Richie Gray.

The remaining changes see Kelly Brown and Moray Low replace last week’s debutant back-row Blair Cowan and prop Geoff Cross, who start on the bench.

“Peter (Horne) was due to fly out for the second part of the tour but, because of injury, we’re getting a look at him a week earlier than we thought we would,” Cotter said.

“He’s a specialist 12 and he gets an opportunity to slot straight in, having worked hard and asked a lot of questions since arriving.

“Grant came on after 35 minutes against USA and played very well. He’s a leader within the group through his communication and his performances and was a good example of someone who’s keen and wants to do well for the team.”

Scotland will be looking to build on last weekend’s 24-6 victory over the United States in Houston, which was Cotter’s debut as coach.

The Scots have won two from the three meetings between the sides, the most recent being the 41-0 win at Pittodrie in 2008.

Canada are coming off a 34-25 loss to Japan last weekend in a Pacific Nations Cup clash in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Canada coach Kieran Crowley has made three changes.

In the forwards, Aaron Carpenter slots into the front row at hooker to join props Hubert Buydens and Jason Marshall.

Jebb Sinclair will make his first appearance for Canada this year at blindside flanker after missing the Japan game with a leg strain and will join Japan try-scorer John Moonlight and Captain Tyler Ardron in Canada’s back-row.

“It feels great to be back. I’m thankful to our physiotherapy team for working hard with me over the last week to help me get fit,” Sinclair said.

Scrumhalf Phil Mack also comes in but the rest of Canada’s backline remains untouched.


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