Jamie Ritchie ruled out of Six Nations as Scotland make five changes for Wales


Skinner comes into the back row for the game against Wales on Saturday, replacing the injured Jamie Ritchie who has been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations campaign.

The Edinburgh flanker damaged his hamstring in the 20-17 win over England and has undergone surgery.

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Tuipulotu’s inclusion is reward for an excellent first season with Glasgow Warriors. A dynamic attacker, the Aussie-born back is preferred to his club-mate Sam Johnson at inside centre. Johnson drops out entirely and will instead play for Glasgow against Munster in the United Rugby Championship at Scotstoun on Friday night.

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Edinburgh trio Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally and WP Nel stood up to extreme scrum pressure in the dying minutes of last weekend’s Calcutta Cup clash and are given the nod to start in Wales.

Rory Sutherland, George Turner and Zander Fagerson all drop to the bench but are likely to be introduced early in the second half in a reverse of last week’s strategy.

Scotland’s Sione Tuipulotu impressed off the bench against England and will start in Wales. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)

In looking to build on a superb start to the Six Nations, Townsend’s side will have to do what no Scotland team has done since he himself was playing.

The coach was at stand-off in 2002 when the Scots last won in Cardiff thanks to two tries from hooker Gordon Bulloch, 14 points from the boot of Brendan Laney and three from Duncan Hodge.

Townsend, who guided Scotland to victory in Llanelli in the delayed 2020 Six Nations, seems unencumbered by the side’s history in Cardiff and believes the current group have shown their aptitude for winning important away games.

“We’ve not been there for four years and a lot has happened in that time,” said the coach. “We’ve had experiences against top sides home and away and shown resilience in those games. We’ve not won them all, but I believe the tests we had in Paris and Twickenham set us up for a great challenge this week with a full stadium, one of the best venues in the world.”

Jamie Ritchie has been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations after undergoing surgery. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group)

Scotland (v Wales, Guinness Six Nations, Principality Stadium, Saturday, 2.15pm. TV: live on BBC One)

15. Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs – (Captain) – 89 caps

14. Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 23 caps

13. Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby – 32 caps

Sam Skinner will replace Jamie Ritchie in the back row. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group)

12. Sione Tuipulotu – Glasgow Warriors – 2 caps

11. Duhan van der Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 14 caps

10. Finn Russell – Racing 92 – (Vice-Captain) – 59 caps

9. Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 47 caps

1. Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – 5 caps

2. Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 44 caps

3. WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby – 44 caps

4. Jonny Gray – Exeter Chiefs – 65 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – (Vice-Captain) – 49 caps

6. Sam Skinner – Exeter Chiefs – 16 caps

7. Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby – 46 caps

8. Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 18 caps

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16. George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps

17. Rory Sutherland – Worcester Warriors – 17 caps

18. Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 43 caps

19. Magnus Bradbury – Edinburgh Rugby – 15 caps

20. Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – Uncapped

21. Ben White – London Irish – 1 cap

22. Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 28 caps

23. Cameron Redpath – Bath Rugby – 1 cap


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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