Scots pick seasoned team to tame Wallabies

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has selected an experienced side to play Australia in Sunday's Test match at Murrayfield.

The Scots have made just one change in the starting XV from the team which ended the Six Nations Championship in March with a victory over France in Paris.

Edinburgh loosehead Pierre Schoeman, who made his debut in the 60-14 win over Tonga last weekend, has earned his second cap after injury ruled out Rory Sutherland, the only member of the team from Paris who doesn't feature.

Townsend has selected all his available seven players who were on the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa, including Stuart Hogg, who returns to captain the team at fullback.

Hogg is joined in the back three by Duhan van der Merwe, while other Lions Ali Price and Finn Russell continue their halfback partnership and Matt Fagerson starts at No.8.

Kyle Steyn, who scored a record-breaking four tries against Tonga last weekend, is named among the replacements.

Sale hooker Ewan Ashman and Bath back-row forward Josh Bayliss are also on the bench and could make their debuts.

Townsend explained why he decided to go with such an established team after sending out something of an experimental line-up against Tonga.

He said: "While there were several positives to take from the win against Tonga we face a very different opponent in Australia this week.

"They are coming into this fixture clearly off the back of good results and full of confidence, so we will need to bring focus, accuracy and aggression for the full 80 minutes.

"We have been able to select an experienced team with the availability of our players outside of Scotland and aim to use the remaining Autumn Nations Series fixtures to build our game through improving week on week."

Team: Stuart Hogg (captain), Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Matt Fagerson, Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Pierre Schoeman.

Reserves: Ewan Ashman, Jamie Bhatti, Oli Kebble, Jamie Hodgson, Josh Bayliss, George Horne, Adam Hastings, Kyle Steyn.

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