Scotland v Tonga: Geoff Cross one of four changes by Vern Cotter

Scotland prop Geoff Cross
Tight-head prop Geoff Cross, of London Irish, will earn his 35th Scotland cap
Autumn Test: Scotland v Tonga
Venue: Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Date: 22 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, HD, BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website

Head coach Vern Cotter has made four injury-enforced changes for Scotland's final autumn Test against Tonga on Saturday in Kilmarnock.

Prop Geoff Cross and number eight Johnnie Beattie come into the pack for Euan Murray and Adam Ashe.

Sean Lamont retains his midfield spot, having replaced Mark Bennett during last week's defeat by New Zealand.

And Edinburgh's free-scoring winger Tim Visser comes in for Glasgow Warriors' Sean Maitland.

It will be Visser's first appearance since the team's summer tour of North America and South Africa.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter
"The Pacific Islanders pride themselves on their physicality, power and pace, all of which combined to hurt Scotland at Pittodrie two years ago."

Warriors' Lamont will earn his 91st cap at the home of Scottish Premiership football side Kilmarnock, the first time a major Test will be played on a synthetic pitch.

Lamont came on in the 13th minute in the 24-16 defeat against the All Blacks at Murrayfield on Saturday when his club-mate Bennett damaged a hamstring.

Cotter said: "We came very close to the best side in the world last Saturday, which left us very disappointed.

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"But when you look at the content of our performance and what the players did on the paddock, it'd be hard for any coach to be too unhappy.

"There were a lot of good things and a lot things we've looked to improve. That's the nature of this squad - they're a young group that wants to move forward."

The Scots are determined not to have a repeat of their 21-15 loss to Tonga at Pittodrie - the home of Aberdeen Football Club - two years ago.

Cotter warned: "The Pacific Islanders pride themselves on their physicality, power and pace, all of which combined to hurt Scotland at Pittodrie two years ago.

"We will have to be on top of our game and continue our trajectory of improvements if we are to secure the win."

Scotland team to play Tonga: Hogg; Seymour, Lamont, Dunbar, Visser; Russell, Laidlaw (capt); Dickinson, Ford, Cross, R Gray, J Gray, Harley, Cowan, Beattie.

Replacements: Brown, Reid, Grant, K Low, Strokosch, Cusiter, Weir, Taylor.

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