Canadian Duke set to make debut against Scotland

Sean Duke is set to make his Canada debut on Saturday after being selected at right wing by coach Kieran Crowley for the international against Scotland at Pittodrie.

Elsewhere the former All Black has altered his front-row following a much-improved Canada display during last week’s 34-13 loss to Wales in Cardiff, which came hot on the heels of a 55-0 thrashing by Ireland.

Scott Franklin starts at tighthead prop with Mike Pletch now moving across to hooker in place of Pat Riordan, injured against Wales.

Duke takes a wing spot vacated by Ciaran Hearn, now at outside centre.

Ed Fairhurst will captain Canada from scrum-half with stand-off Matt Evans making his first full start at the age of 20.

Canada team to play Scotland in a rugby union international at Pittodrie on Saturday (1445GMT):

(15-1) James Pritchard; Sean Duke; Ciaran Hearn, Ryan Smith, Justin Mensah-Coker; Matt Evans, Ed Fairhurst (capt); Aaron Carpenter, Adam Kleeberger, Jebb Sinclair; Josh Jackson, Tyler Hotson; Scott Franklin, Mike Pletch, Kevin Tkachuk

Replacements: Frank Walsh, Mike Burak, Sean Michael Stephen, Morgan Williams, Nathan Hirayama, Bryn Keys, TBC

Sapa-AFP –

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