Hogg, Seymour back for Autumn tests
Townsend names ten uncapped players in squad
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named 10 uncapped players in his squad for the Autumn internationals (pic: SNS Group).
Head coach Gregor Townsend has named ten uncapped players in a 36-man Scotland squad for next month’s Autumn Tests.
The national squad check in to camp next week and begin the 2017/18 season against Samoa at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, 11 November followed by tests against New Zealand and Australia.
The uncapped group features four backs and six forwards, with centres Phil Burleigh (Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), wing Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) and scrum-half Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby) joined by front-row trio Jamie Bhatti, George Turner (both Glasgow Warriors) and Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby), Glasgow Warriors lock Scott Cummings and back-row forwards Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) and Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby).
Bhatti, Burleigh, Cummings and Ritchie were involved in the senior Scotland squad in the summer camp in St Andrews, while Turner was also an uncapped tourist in the summer, so the selection stands as something of a recall, however it’s a first involvement for the remaining five.
Other notable inclusions see full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour return to the Scotland set-up, having missed the summer tour due to British & Irish Lions selection, while centre Huw Jones and Stuart McInally come back, having missed out on the summer tour through injury.
“The players selected have worked exceptionally hard at their clubs to earn inclusion in the national squad and we’re looking forward to working with them throughout the autumn series,” said Townsend, who has been denied the services of Greig Laidlaw, Duncan Taylor, Adam Ashe, Richie Gray, Sean Maitland, Matt Scott, Fraser Brown and Allan Dell all through injury.
“They will need to intensify their efforts further still to earn the opportunity and honour of playing in front of capacity crowds in what are three exciting fixtures.
“We’re facing two of the world’s top three sides after a significant challenge from Samoa in our opening game. It will be an excellent challenge for our players.”
Edinburgh’s John Hardie wasn’t considered for selection amid an internal investigation into reported cocaine abuse, while team-mate Magnus Bradbury was also missing from the squad while he serves a club suspension.
Former Glasgow Warriors back, McGuigan (28) played for Scotland 7s in 2012, making six tournament appearances. He earned one Scotland A cap in 2014, scoring in the side’s 16-16 draw with England Saxons at Scotstoun. He joined current club Sale Sharks in 2016 and is joint top try-scorer in this season’s English Premiership.
Prop Darryl Marfo (26) has impressed at Edinburgh Rugby since arriving from Bath at the start of the season, featuring in every game so far this season. Born in London, he is eligible to play for Scotland through his mother, who is from Ayr.
Former Wales U20 player Hamilton (25) – whose father is from Stirling – joined Leicester in the summer of 2016 after two seasons in France with Agen, winning the Pro D2 in his first season.
He joined the Tigers last year and impressed in his recent starts in both of the club’s European Champions Cup matches on the openside flank.
Fowles (24) joined Edinburgh Rugby in 2015, initially on a three-month loan from Sale Sharks, before committing to the club full-time ahead of the 2015/16 season, making 40 appearances so far.
Carlisle-born Harris (26) is a product of the Newcastle Falcons Academy and has played 57 times for the club since his 2014 debut, starting all but one of the club’s matches in a season that sees them currently placed fourth in the English Premiership.
He is eligible for the national team through his grandmother from Edinburgh.
SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR 2017 AUTUMN TESTS
Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – 3 caps
Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
John Barclay (Scarlets) CAPTAIN – 63 caps
Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Cornell Du Preez (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 12 caps
Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 110 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 16 caps
Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps
Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps
Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) – uncapped
Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps
Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 18 caps
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps
Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) – 4 caps
George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 30 caps
Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps
Phil Burleigh (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 26 caps
Dougie Fife (Scotland 7s) – 6 caps
Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – uncapped
Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 53 caps
Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps
Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors) – 31 caps
Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
Huw Jones (Stormers) – 8 caps
Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – uncapped
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps
Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps
Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps
Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps