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Stuart McInally will captain Scotland at the Rugby World Cup as coach Gregor Townsend axed centres Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson from his 31-man squad for the tournament in Japan on Tuesday.

Edinburgh hooker McInally has been chosen ahead of John Barclay and Greig Laidlaw to lead the Scots, who begin their campaign against Ireland in Yokohama on September 22.

“Stuart has done a really good job in the opportunities he’s had to captain Scotland,” said Townsend.

“He captained Edinburgh last season and is a real lead-by-example player, both in training and in games. He’s a calming influence and is very good at bringing the best out of others.”

The omission of Jones and Hutchinson, who scored two tries on his first test start in

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