Ben White is again within the Scotland XV to face Georgia at Murrayfield on Saturday – simply three weeks after fearing harm may rule him out of the Rugby World Cup.
The scrum-half limped off in clear misery within the first half of the house win over France earlier this month and regarded exasperated as he made his manner up the tunnel along with his ankle closely strapped. He missed the following match away to France and later revealed that he was “really concerned” when the harm first occurred.
However, White – Gregor Townsend’s first-choice scrum-half – has now been deemed match sufficient to return to the No 9 jersey for Scotland’s final warm-up match earlier than heading to France for the World Cup at the beginning of September.
In an extra enhance for supporters, Edinburgh wing Duhan van der Merwe, who suffered a minor ankle harm within the final match in Saint-Etienne, can be match sufficient to start out in opposition to Georgia.
Despite Scotland’s first recreation of the match in opposition to South Africa being solely three weeks away and the 33-man squad having been finalised, head coach Townsend has opted to ship out a powerful XV.
Ollie Smith, with 5 caps to his title, is the least skilled participant within the workforce as he stands in for Blair Kinghorn at full again, however the backline is in any other case arguably as sturdy because it might probably be.
In the ahead division, Glasgow prop Jamie Bhatti begins together with Edinburgh veteran WP Nel, with Pierre Schoeman rested and Zander Fagerson suspended. Richie Gray is one other doubtless starter on the World Cup who has been given the weekend off, with Sam Skinner taking his place alongside Grant Gilchrist within the second row.
Dave Cherry begins forward of George Turner and Ewan Ashman at hooker, whereas the again row is comprised of captain Jamie Ritchie, Rory Darge and Jack Dempsey.
Scotland XV: 15. Ollie Smith, 14. Darcy Graham, 13. Huw Jones, 12. Sione Tuipulotu, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Ben White; 1. Jamie Bhatti, 2. Dave Cherry, 3. WP Nel, 4. Sam Skinner, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Jamie Ritchie, 7. Rory Darge, 8. Jack Dempsey
Replacements: 16. Ewan Ashman, 17. Rory Sutherland, 18. Javan Sebastian, 19. Scott Cummings, 20. Matt Fagerson, 21. George Horne, 22. Ben Healy, 23. Chris Harris.