TOKYO, 11 Oct - Scotland have omitted captain Stuart McInally, pictured above, from their starting line-up for Sunday’s decisive Pool A encounter with Japan in Yokohama. 

There are 12 changes to the side that started on Wednesday when head coach Gregor Townsend rested the majority of his frontline players who started in the 34-0 win over Samoa to keep them fresh to face Japan.

Fraser Brown, who played the first 30 minutes of Wednesday’s 61-0 win over Russia at open-side flanker, starts at hooker with McInally on the bench. 

Sean Maitland has not recovered sufficiently from a groin problem to take a full part in training, so Darcy Graham continues on the left wing, with Tommy Seymour retaining his place on the right wing after playing 80 minutes against Russia. 

There are further changes to the 23 that featured in that second pool game among the replacements, where Pete Horne and Blair Kinghorn offer cover in midfield and the back three, ahead of Adam Hastings and Duncan Taylor.

Scotland

1. Allan Dell
2. Fraser Brown
3. Willem Nel
4. Grant Gilchrist
5. Jonny Gray
6. Magnus Bradbury
7. Jamie Ritchie
8. Blade Thomson
9. Greig Laidlaw (capt.)
10. Finn Russell
11. Darcy Graham
12. Sam Johnson
13. Chris Harris
14. Tommy Seymour
15. Stuart Hogg

16. Stuart McInally
17. Gordon Reid
18. Zander Fagerson
19. Scott Cummings
20. Ryan Wilson
21.George Horne
22. Pete Horne
23. Blair Kinghorn

RNS djk