Ford primed to make Scotland history

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Ross Ford is set to make history on Saturday after being selected to face Fiji in what would be a record 110th appearance for Scotland.

The Edinburgh hooker is primed to overtake Chris Paterson as his country's most capped player when Gregor Townsend's men conclude their three-match tour in Suva.

Townsend oversaw a stunning 24-19 win over Australia last time out and makes 12 changes for this weekend's clash, with Nick Grigg handed a debut at centre.

"It's a great storyline that we have Nick making his international debut at the same time as Ross will make history and become the most capped Scot of all time," said Townsend.

"Ross has been an outstanding tourist, both on and off the field. This week he has been driving our standards and working as hard as usual to make sure we get our preparations right for what will be a very tough game."

Ford, 33, made his international debut against the Wallabies in 2004 and has featured in three World Cups, as well as the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour.

 

Scotland XV: Ruaridh Jackson; Damien Hoyland, Nick Grigg, Duncan Taylor, Tim Visser; Peter Horne, Henry Pyrgos; Alex Allan, Ross Ford, Willem Nel, Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray, John Barclay, John Hardie, Josh Strauss.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Zander Fagerson, Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson, Ali Price, Greig Tonks.