Scotland team to face Ireland in Six Nations

Gregor Townsend before Scotland v Italy match in 2019 Six Nations

Hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn has dropped to the bench as Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend made four changes for the Six Nations clash with Ireland.

Kinghorn has made way for the fit-again Saracens winger Sean Maitland despite bagging three tries in Scotland's opening victory over Italy.

The other three changes for Saturday's BT Murrayfield contest come in the pack. Prop Simon Berghan and back-row forward Josh Strauss replace injured pair WP Nel (calf) and Sam Skinner (ankle), while Jonny Gray has recovered from a shoulder injury to displace Ben Toolis.

Scotland team to play Ireland

Forwards: 1 Allan Dell (Edinburgh), 2 Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), 3 Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), 4 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), 5 Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), 6 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), 7 Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), 8 Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks)

Backs: 9 Greig Laidlaw (CAPTAIN, Clermont Auvergne), 10 Finn Russell (Racing 92), 11 Sean Maitland (Saracens), 12 Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), 13 Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), 14 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), 15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)

Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), 17 Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), 18 D'arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors)*, 19 Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), 20 Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), 21 Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), 22 Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), 23 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh)

*Denotes uncapped player

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