Kerr, Bhatti, Berghan, Graham, Strauss, Price, Hastings, Harris
With Edinburgh resurgent under Richard Cockerill this season, Townsend has chosen to go with the capital outfit’s tight five. Hooker Stuart McInally squeezes in between props Allan Dell and WP Nel, with Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist forming the second row.
Exeter lock Sam Skinner slots in at flanker after showing he can fill in during his impressive introduction to the national team set-up during the autumn, with Ryan Wilson and Jamie Ritchie completing the back row.
Skipper Greig Laidlaw partners Racing 92 star Finn Russell in the half-backs, while Australia-born Johnson – who qualifies on residency grounds after signing for Glasgow in 2015 – lines up alongside Huw Jones in midfield.
Stuart Hogg again provides an attacking threat from full-back as he slots in beside Blair Kinghorn and Tommy Seymour in the back three.