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33-man squad named

Townsend’s twin targets on summer tour

Gregor Townsend

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is already looking towards next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan (pic: SNS Group)

Six uncapped players have been named in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad for the summer tour to Canada, USA and Argentina next month.

The potential debutants are split between the touring forwards and backs, with Edinburgh Rugby duo Lewis Carmichael and Jamie Ritchie joined by Glasgow Warriors back-row Matt Fagerson in the pack.

Glasgow Warriors half-backs George Horne and Adam Hastings earn the opportunity to continue a fine debut season on the tour, alongside former Scotland U18 and Harlequins midfielder James Lang, who is also included in the 33-man squad.

“There are twin goals for this tour – the first is to build on the work we’ve done so far this season and finish with improved performances,” said the head coach.

“We also have the Rugby World Cup in our thoughts, as this will be our last tour before we leave for Japan next year.

“Touring and staying together for four weeks and experiencing different environments will be very informative – seeing how players get on with each other, how much they improve and how they rise to each challenge we face on tour.”

The squad, which has an average age of 25 and just two players aged 30 or above, also features notable absentees with Townsend giving a number of  squad regulars an extended break.

With John Barclay rested, Townsend has handed the tour captaincy to hooker Stuart McInally for the first time, a just reward for consistently-impressive performances for club and country.

The Scots kick-off their tour on Saturday 9 June in Edmonton against Canada, before taking on USA in Houston seven days later. The final match in the three-game series is against Argentina in Resistencia on the weekend of 22 June.


Forwards (18)

Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps, Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps, Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps, Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 31 caps, Lewis Carmichael (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped, Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – 10 caps, David Denton (Worcester Warriors) – 39 caps, Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped, Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps, Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 22 caps, Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 65 caps, Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) – 1 cap, Murray McCallum (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap, Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh Rugby) – 17 caps, Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped, Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps, George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps, Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps.

Backs (15)

Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps, Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 2 caps, Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps, Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps, Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 60 caps, George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped, Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 33 caps, Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps, Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps, Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps, James Lang (Harlequins) – uncapped, Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 3 caps, Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps, Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 21 caps.

Unavailable through injury: Luke Crosbie (knee), John Hardie (back), Huw Jones (wrist), Willem Nel (knee), Hamish Watson (shoulder).

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