Rory Lawson has been given the nod at 9 for Scotland, presumably to bring some Cusiter-style nuggetry to the half-backs in a side that is otherwise pretty similar to the sort we saw throughout the Six Nations. Moray Low comes in for the injured Euan Murray, while Al Kellock will lead the team in his usual abrasive style, one can only hope. I would also hope that Jim Thompson gets a shot late on, his lines of running could be helpful against an Argentina team that may tire a little. Of course, so could the Scots, but with a season shorn of knockout European rugby or Lions involvement (except for Ford) they shouldn’t be as tired as the Pumas many of whom have been involved in the usually punishing Top 14 or indeed Leicester’s GP title-winning campaign. I think with the “don’t turn up” game against Japan cleverly out of the way, Scotland should be able to at least compete with the Argies and hopefully convert a few scoring chances to get a win, possibly two.
Scotland: Hugo Southwell, Max Evans, Nick De Luca, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont, Dan Parks, Rory Lawson, Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Moray Low, Jim Hamilton, Alastair Kellock (capt), Kelly Brown, Johnnie Beattie, John Barclay. Replacements: Scott Lawson, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Alasdair Strokosch, Mike Blair, Phil Godman, Jim Thompson.
Edinburgh prop Kyle Traynor has been called up to the touring squad as cover for Al Dickinson. David Young will join the A Team in Romania.