Townsend on new caps, Dobie & Canada

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend
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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has been talking to the media before his side's summer tour opener against Canada on Saturday (22:00 BST).

Here are the key points from his press conference:

  • He says having younger, more inexperienced players in this Scotland squad is "exciting and refreshing", and is expecting a "great occasion" as several players win their first caps on Saturday.

  • On selecting Jamie Dobie on the wing, Townsend says playing there helps Dobie to "play more games and also help his running game and support lines when he goes to nine". Stressed that Dobie's best position is scrum-half and he will get opportunities there as the tour goes on.

  • Believes some of the new faces will become "genuine contenders" to start in this summer's Autumn internationals and next year's Six Nations. Highlighted prop Elliot Millar Mills and how he took his opportunity to impress earlier this year.

  • Townsend is anticipating a "very physical" Canada side, and says it's important Scotland adapt throughout the game against unfamiliar opposition.