Match Preview: McInally fit for Scotland’s final game

Captain Stuart McInally has recovered from injury to start the third and final Test of Scotland’s summer tour as they face Argentina this weekend.

Captain Stuart McInally has recovered from injury to start the third and final Test of Scotland’s summer tour as they face Argentina this weekend.

McInally missed the victory over Canada and last week’s defeat to the USA due to a calf strain and is one of eight changes to the Scotland starting XV.

Tim Swinson is the only member of the pack to keep his place from last week as Edinburgh props Allan Dell and Simon Berghan join McInally in the front row.

Grant Gilchrist is alongside Swinson in the engine room with the front eight completed by Magnus Bradbury, David Denton and Fraser Brown.

Gregor Townsend makes just one change to his backline with Dougie Fife set for his first start since 2015 after scoring against the Eagles last weekend.

Full-back Stuart Hogg and Blair Kinghorn complete the back three with Peter Horne and Nick Grigg in the centres and George Horne and Adam Hastings the half-back pairing.


Head Coach Townsend said: “The players have responded well in training this week with focus, effort and accuracy. This is our last Test of the tour and we’re determined to finish on a high.

“With the majority of the squad involved in two Tests, we believe that we’ll be in a much better position in the future, having exposed more players to Test-level rugby, for the season ahead

“We’ve learned a lot on this tour about this group of players. Now we have to use that learning to put in a very good performance to beat Argentina on their home patch.

“We’re looking forward to a passionate atmosphere in a football stadium with the crowd very close to the pitch.

“Argentina will bring their passion and physicality where they have traditionally been strong – set piece, ball carrying and in the contact area.”


Argentina enter the game off the back of consecutive defeats to a young Wales side already this summer and have a mixed record against the Scots.

Los Pumas beat Scotland in both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups but have lost their last three meetings against Townsend’s men twice in Edinburgh and once in Cordoba.


It will be the third time that Fraser Brown – typically a hooker – will operate on the openside for Scotland, twice he’s featured off the bench in the role, last weekend against USA and in the 2015 World Cup.

Scotland team to face Argentina:

15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 61 caps 14. Dougie Fife (Edinburgh) – 7 caps 13. Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps 12. Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps 11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 4 caps 10. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps 9. George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 12 caps 2. Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 17 caps 3. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 9 caps 4. Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps 5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 24 caps 6. Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 3 caps 7. Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 33 caps 8. David Denton (Leicester Tigers) – 41 caps

Substitutes: 16. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps 17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps 18. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps 19. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 11 caps 20. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 1 cap 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Scarlets) – 11 caps 22. James Lang (Harlequins) – 1 cap 23. Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 3 caps