Brown back to lead Scotland against Wallabies
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Flanker Kelly Brown returns to lead Scotland against Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday, but the backline won’t be finalized until winger Tommy Seymour passes a fitness test.
Brown was among four changes in the pack on Wednesday, three days after the 28-0 hiding from South Africa. Also back were loosehead prop Ryan Grant, lock Tim Swinson, and flanker Johnnie Beattie.
They replaced Alasdair Dickinson, in the reserves, Richie Gray, Alasdair Strokosch and John Barclay.
Uncapped London Irish flanker Kieran Low, a former England junior international, was in the reserves.
Only hooker Ross Ford, lock Jim Hamilton, who plays his 50th test, and No. 8 David Denton will have started all three autumn tests at home for the Scots in pre-planned lineups.
Among the backs in contention was Glasgow centre Mark Bennett, yet to play for Scotland.
Coach Scott Johnson said he will wait for Seymour to recover from a sore leg before choosing the backs and their reserves.
“We’re clear in what we’re trying to do at the moment which is look at different combinations with a view to intensifying the competition for places in the team,” he said. “That mantra doesn’t change, so we adhere to the plan, while dealing with injuries and while always being true to the jersey.”
Scotland: Backline to be confirmed. Forwards: David Denton, Kelly Brown (captain), Johnnie Beattie, Jim Hamilton, Tim Swinson, Moray Low, Ross Ford, Ryan Grant. Reserves: Pat MacArthur, Alasdair Dickinson, Euan Murray, Grant Gilchrist, Kieran Low, 3 backs to be confirmed.