Blair Kinghorn earns first Scotland start against Ireland in Six Nations

7 March 2018, 11:12

Blair Kinghorn will replace Tommy Seymour in the only change to Scotland's starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations match against Ireland in Dublin.

The Edinburgh wing made his debut off the bench in the 25-13 Calcutta Cup win over England last month and will replace Seymour who has failed to recover sufficiently from the back injury he sustained at Murrayfield two weeks ago.

Seymour's Glasgow Warriors team-mate Lee Jones will take the vacant position on the bench.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has made one further change to the list of replacements with Warriors hooker Fraser Brown - who featured in all but two Scotland Tests last year - returning from injury to replace Scott Lawson.

Townsend said: "We were delighted with the result against England and backing up our win against France with an improved performance.

"The intent we showed in attack and defence in the first half was very encouraging and we continued to work hard in the second half. The effort that went into denying England a second try in the closing minutes was great to see.

"Our players had prepared very well for the challenge of taking on England and there has been a similar focus and commitment this week at training.

"There are a few areas of our game that we are working to improve and we are aware that we will have to be better if we are to beat a very good Ireland side in Dublin."

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Blair Kinghorn, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Stuart McInally, 3 Simon Berghan, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 John Barclay (C), 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Ryan Wilson

Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Nick Grigg, 23 Lee Jones