2019 Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Saturday, 9 February Kickoff: 14:15 GMT
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Blair Kinghorn has”done nothing wrong” and his omission for Saturday’s Six Nations match Ireland is down to Sean Maitland’s much better experience, states Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

Kinghorn, 22, scored a hat-trick of attempts against Italy, the first Scot to do so from the Championship for 30 decades.

However, Townsend has chosen to recall Saracens wing Maitland, together with Kinghorn.

“We’re always hoping Sean would return fit with this match,” Townsend said.

“Sean might have already been starting against Italy with [fellow wing] Tommy Seymour if he’d already been fit. We believe Sean and Tommy are best designed with this match, although the performance of blair did imply we had an protracted discussion that went to another day.

“However nothing should be taken from Blair’s performance. Therefore to own the three of these open to usoff the seat, means we’ve got stronger cover in rear three than ever before.”

Townsend confessed that Kinghorn, called Six Nations player of the round after his exploits against the Italians, was frustrated to miss from a spot at the starting team.

“players go differently – sometimes they’re quiet, some times they’re accepting, and sometimes they argue back,” clarified the head coach, that additionally name-checked Darcy Graham, Lee Jones and Byron McGuigan among the”growing and healthy competition” for wing spots.

“Blair was silent. He’ll be disappointed, I know. He has been playing well in fullback for Edinburgh and to be in a position to move around to wing [where he’s showcased in six of his eight Scotland Tests to date] implies the right mindset, and that advancement and attitude to succeed.

“It should also bring the best out of Tommy and Sean.”

After having a surprise defeat England at Dublin, Ireland arrive at Murrayfield knowing only a victory will preserve their hopes of keeping the title, and Townsend is currently expecting a performance.

“We play a slightly different manner from other foreign teams, but the players’ve seen exactly what England did, how they were able to achieve that win and I am sure we’ll have a couple lessons out of it”

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