Rugby

Scotland to focus on future

2013-11-05 17:19
Scott Johnson (AFP)

Edinburgh - Scotland head coach Scott Johnson will give home debuts to Tommy Seymour and Tim Swinson in Saturday's Test against Japan as he continues to build a team for the future.

Wing Seymour and lock Swinson won their first caps over the summer and were in the team who beat Italy 30-29 thanks to a last-gasp try in a four-nation tournament in South Africa in June.

There were no huge surprises in Johnson's team selection with flanker Kelly Brown back as captain after recovering from a leg injury.

Johnson, who is aware of his team's reputation as being slow starters in campaigns, said his picks for the Murrayfield game (16:30 CAT) were all about the longer term.

"We are looking to the future and we're also looking at people's futures too," he said on Scotland rugby's official website.

"This selection is a first chance for some to put their hand up.

"We have a 22-months campaign pre-World Cup and one of the mantras is 'this could be your last Test match'.

Saturday's game against Japan, who were thumped 54-6 by world champions New Zealand last weekend, is the first of three home internationals this month before the more challenging visits of South Africa and Australia.

Teams:

Scotland:

15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 David Denton, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Alastair Kellock, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant

Substitutes: 16 Pat MacArthur, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Richie Gray, 20 John Barclay, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Duncan Taylor

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