Zander Fagerson will become his country’s most-capped prop when he runs out for Scotland against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

The Glasgow man will win his 67th cap at the Aviva Stadium, taking him beyond another former Warriors tighthead, Euan Murray.

Fagerson was the youngest prop to represent Scotland for 68 years when he made his debut aged 20 as a replacement in the 2016 Six Nations against England.

He has since established himself as Scotland’s number one tighthead prop and is arguably, along with Finn Russell and Duhan van der Merwe, one of Gregor Townsend’s most valuable players, particularly given the lack of depth in the position.

After naming the 28-year-old in the team to play title-chasing Ireland, Townsend paid tribute to Fagerson, who won his 50th cap on the summer tour to Argentina in 2022.

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The Scotland head coach said: “Zander’s consistency is probably the thing that impresses us the most.

“He’s a consistent trainer, he’s one of the hardest workers in our team - when you see the stats at the end of the game, Zander is up there with some of the most rucks hit.

“He carries ball - for a tighthead he does really well, he tackles, and he still has to scrum and get the lineout detail right.

“It was nice to see him scoring a try in Rome. And he’s one of our key players.”

Fagerson will need to be at his very best if Scotland are to end a run of nine matches without a win over the Irish – and spoil their title party.

Townsend added: “He knows the Irish team really well, the physical exchanges are probably where the game is going to be won and lost, and Zander is someone who can bring real physicality for us on both sides of the ball.”