South African-born Duhan van der Merwe is one of three Scotland internationals in the British & Irish Lions for the first time since 1997, as coach Warren Gatland made some bold decisions for the first Test against the Springboks.
British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland showed the ruthless selection streak that has successfully won a series in Australia in 2013 and tied with the All Blacks in 2017, when he named his first Test team to face the Springboks on Saturday.
Scrumhalf Conor Murray, named as tour captain when lock Alun Wyn Jones was ruled out with a shoulder injury, has only made the bench for the first Test. Scotland’s Ali Price will start at scrumhalf instead, indicating that Gatland wants snappier service and a better running game.
Price, along with fullback Stuart Hogg and wing Duhan van…