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Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland for the first time since 2018 when he leads them in Saturday’s opening test against Argentina in San Salvador de Jujuy.
The 31-year-old Edinburgh native won his 50th cap against Wales in February and takes over from Stuart Hogg, who was rested for the tour along with flyhalf Finn Russell.
Gilchrist will start the game alongside Jonny Gray on the second row, while manager Gregor Townsend has given Luke Crosbie his first start in the back row after guiding the senior team to a 45-5 win over Chile last weekend.
He will start alongside fellow Edinburgh flanker Magnus Bradbury, while Glasgow Warriors No.8 Matt Fagerson completes the loose forward trio.
In the absence of Racing 92’s Russell, Blair Kinghorn will retain the fly-half jersey and continue his pairing with scrumhalf Ali Price that began in Scotland’s final game against Ireland in Dublin in March.
Left winger Duhan van der Merwe, who has been suspended for the last two Six Nations games, returns to the starting XI while center Mark Bennett is back in the starting XI for the first time since 2016 when he played against Georgia.
Northampton Saints’ Rory Hutchison takes Hogg’s place at full-back.
Scotland, making their first three-Test tour to Argentina, have won their last five encounters with the Pumas, including a 44-15 win at Resistencia on their last trip to the country in 2018.
The Pumas, now coached by Australian Michael Cheika, will play their first home test since losing 13:46 to South Africa in Salta in August 2019.
After Saturday’s first test in Jujuy, they travel to Salta a week later for the second test before concluding on July 16 with the final test in Santiago Del Estero.
15 Rory Hutchinson; 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Duhan van der Merwe; 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price; 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Luke Crosbie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist (Captain), 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Rory Darge, 21 Ben White, 22 Ross Thompson, 23 Sione Tuipulotu
Gilchrist leads Scotland in first Pumas Test
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