The head coach of Scotland’s Gregor Townsend today appointed a team of 36 players for a two-day training camp before the first game of the 2021 Fall Nations Series..
The group predominantly brings together local players, 19 of whom were part of the 2021 Scotland Summer Team, that he could not play the three scheduled games due to Covid-19.
Lions Ali Price, Hamish Watson and Zander Fagerson bring their expertise to the group. Also on the roster are Grant Gilchrist, Stuart McInally, Fraser Brown, Nick Haining and Rob Harley who in total contribute 169 tests.
Also returning are Darcy Graham, Mark Bennett and Sam Johnson, who are off to a brilliant start to the new season. Townsend also adds four new faces, three forwards and a back. Edinburgh Rugby forwards Pierre Schoeman and Marshall Sykes join center Charlie Savala in the training group.
There is also a call-up for Cell C Sharks forward Dylan Richardson, who can play for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born father. The 22-year-old winger has started two URC games this season after lining up against Munster in the first round and Glasgow Warriors in the second round and was part of Matchday 23 for the South African team’s third-round victory against Ospreys.
The training team will meet on Sunday October 17 and train on Monday October 18 at the Oriam High Performance Center on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Speaking about the national team, head coach Gregor Townsend said: “It has been great to see both Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors get off to a positive start to their URC campaigns driven by some outstanding performances from young and established players.
“With four tough test matches ahead of us in this year’s Fall Nations Series, it is important to get the players together early, connect with them as coaches and allow them to grow as a group before the campaign against Tonga begins at BT Murrayfield. Then we will move on to the challenge of facing a fit Australia, world champion South Africa and a very dangerous team from Japan.
“We are pleased with the depth to which we can draw to build this training team and it provides a genuine opportunity for players to raise their hands to be selected for the full Fall Nations Series squad.”
Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 13 caps
Nick Haining – Edinburgh Rugby – 8 caps
Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby – 41 caps
Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – no caps
Dylan Richardson – Cell C Sharks – no caps
Jamie Ritchie – Edinburgh Rugby – 27 caps
Luke Crosbie – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps
Jamie Hodgson – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Rob Harley – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps
Marshall Sykes – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 38 caps
Oli Kebble – Glasgow Warriors – 8 caps
Murray McCallum – Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps
George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 17 caps
Fraser Brown – Glasgow Warriors – 54 caps
Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 40 caps
Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors – 18 caps
Rufus McLean – Glasgow Warriors – no caps
Damien Hoyland – Edinburgh Rugby – 4 caps
Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 19 caps
Cole Forbes – Glasgow Warriors – no caps
Sione Tuipulotu – Glasgow Warriors – no caps
Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
Matt Currie – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Sam Johnson – Glasgow Warriors – 18 caps
James Lang – Edinburgh Rugby – 6 caps
Kyle Steyn – Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap
Jack Blain – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 25 caps
Ross Thompson – Glasgow Warriors – no caps
Charlie Savala – Edinburgh Rugby – no caps
Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 42 caps
George Horne – Glasgow Warriors – 14 caps
Jamie Dobie – Glasgow Warriors – no caps