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What are the teams for Scotland v Georgia in the Summer Nations Series?

What are the teams for Scotland v Georgia in the Summer Nations Series?

What are the teams for Scotland v Georgia in the Summer Nations Series?

Scotland will look to finish a positive Summer Nations Series on a high against Georgia, who have won both of their matches this summer.

Gregor Townsend’s side defeated Italy and France at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, coming back from 21-3 down at half-time to defeat Les Bleus three weeks ago, before a narrow 30-27 defeat in Saint Etienne the week later.

Georgia recorded their biggest ever win earlier this month, beating Romania 56-6 in Tbilisi before a 22-7 win over USA last week.

Both sides will be hoping to secure their third win of the summer before their head off to the World Cup with knockout ambitions in mind.

Scotland team news 

Ben White has returned to the Scotland starting XV having recovered from an ankle injury sustained against France three weeks ago.

The Toulon-bound star re-joins Finn Russell in the half-backs, with Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones in the centres as Townsend names a full-strength back-line.

Darcy Graham and Duhan van der Merwe are on the wing, with Ollie Smith earning his sixth cap at full-back.

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In the forwards, Jamie Ritchie captains the side from blindside flanker, joined in the back row by Rory Darge and Jack Dempsey.

Vice-captain Grant Gilchrist forms the second row with Sam Skinner, behind a front row of Jamie Bhatti, Dave Cherry and 37-year-old WP Nel at tighthead prop.

Ben Healy could earn his third cap from the bench, which also sees inexperienced pair Ewan Ashman and Javan Sebastian named.

Scotland team to face Georgia: 

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 (C), 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

Georgia team news 

Shalva Mamukashvili will make his 100th appearance for Georgia against Scotland, becoming just the sixth Georgian player to reach the century mark.

The 32-year-old hooker, who made his debut for Los Lelos in 2011, will lead his side out at Scottish Gas Murrayfield ahead of captain Merab Sharikadze, who could himself reach triple figures at the Rugby World Cup.

Mamukashvili is joined by Misha Nariashvili and Beka Gigashvili in the front row, with Nariashvili one of three changes to the forward pack from the 22-7 win over USA in Tbilisi.

Lado Chachanidze comes into the second row alongside Konstantine Mikautadze, with Mikheil Gachechiladze named at openside flanker alongside Luka Ivanishvili and Tornike Jalagonia in the back row.

In the backs, there are just two changes, as Demur Tapladze joins his captain in the centres, while Miriani Modebadze comes onto the wing alongside Aka Tabutsadze and Davit Niniashvili in the back three.

Georgia team to face Scotland:  

15 Davit Niniashvili, 14 Aka Tabutsadze, 13 Demur Tapladze, 12 Merab Sharikadze (c), 11 Miriani Modebadze, 10 Luka Matkava, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 1 Misha Nariashvili, 2 Shalva Mamukashvili, 3 Beka Gigashvili, 4 Lado Chachanidze, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 6 Luka Ivanishvili, 7 Mikheil Gachechiladze, 8 Tornike Jalagonia

Replacements: 16 Tengiz Zamtaradze, 17 Guram Gogichashvili, 18 Guram Papidze, 19 Lasha Jaiani, 20 Sandro Mamamtavrishvili, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Tedo Abzhandadze, 23 Giorgi Kveseladze

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