Mark Bennett and Fraser Brown in 2015
Mark Bennett and Fraser Brown in 2015
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Saturday, 30 October Kick-off: 14:30 BST
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Scotland have lost centre Mark Bennett and hooker Fraser Brown to injury ahead of their opening Autumn Nations series encounter against Tonga.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has called up Edinburgh’s Dave Cherry as a replacement for Glasgow Warriors’ Brown for Saturday’s game at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury has also come into the squad.

Australia (7 November), South Africa (13th) and Japan (20th) also face the Scots in Edinburgh.

Zander Fagerson is one of six props in Townsend’s pool for the autumn series and says the current squad is “the most competitive Scotland squad I’ve been involved”.

“It’s a good opportunity to see some new guys coming in,” said the Glasgow Warriors player.

“The young guys coming through are pushing some other players, every new addition’s brought something different.

“Tonga play physical rugby so it’s definitely up my street. They’re going to bring very direct running routes.”

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