Townsend returns for Scotland
October 18, 1999
Jim Telfer has brought back Gregor Townsend for the quarter-final play off against Samoa at Murrayfield on Wednesday.
The Brive fly half displayed some indifferent form in his two games in the pool stage, but despite a sound performance by Duncan Hodge in the final group game against Spain Townsend returns.
James McClaren remains in the centre where he will partner Jamie Mayer with first choice Alan Tait on the bench.
In the pack, the veteran Doddie Weir, who started against the Spanish, retains his place, in favour of Stuart Grimes. Otherwise the side is the same as that defeated by the Springboks in the opening group game three weeks ago.
Scotland team: 15-Glenn Metcalfe; 14-Cameron Murray, 13-Jamie Mayer, 12-James McClaren, 11-Kenny Logan; 10-Gregor Townsend, 9-Gary Armstrong (captain); 8-Gordon Simpson, 7-Budge Pountney, 6-Martin Leslie, 5-Doddie Weir, 4-Scott Murray, 3-George Graham, 2-Gordon Bulloch, 1-Tom Smith.
Replacements: A Tait (Edinburgh Reivers), D Hodge (Edinburgh Reivers), B Redpath (Narbonne), C Mather(Edinburgh Reivers), S Grimes (Glasgow
Caledonians), P Burnell (Montferrand), R Russell (Edinburgh Reivers).