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Wilson to captain Scotland in Rugby World Cup warm-up

Ryan Wilson will captain Scotland against Georgia (AFP Photo/ANDY BUCHANAN )

Glasgow (AFP) - Glasgow back-row Ryan Wilson will captain Scotland for the first time in Friday's World Cup warm-up against Georgia at Murrayfield.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend selected Wilson to wear the armband after leaving out several regulars including skipper Stuart McInally for their final match on home soil before the tournament in Japan.

Fraser Brown, John Barclay, Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg will all be rested, but Jonny Gray returns from injury to make his first appearance in Scotland's pre-World Cup fixtures.

Townsend has made 12 changes to the Scotland side that defeated Georgia 44-10 in Tbilisi.

Warriors wing Tommy Seymour and Scarlets number eight Blade Thomson return after concussions sustained against France almost a fortnight ago.

"We've been together since the middle of June and Friday night is our final chance this year to play in front of our supporters," Townsend said.

"It's another opportunity for players to get valuable game time and build on what was a very good performance last weekend in Georgia.

"It's a boost to have Jonny back in side for the first time since last season and for others, like Tommy, Blade and Duncan Taylor, to have made a return to full fitness, following their recent injuries.

"Friday night gives us the opportunity to keep improving and get one step closer to playing our best rugby over the next few weeks."

Scotland (15-1)

Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Sam Johnson, Darcy Graham, Adam Hastings, Ali Price, Blade Thomson, Jamie Ritchie, Ryan Wilson (capt), Jonny Gray, Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Gordon Reid