Scotland named 36 players for November


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Scotland named 36 players for November

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.”

Forwards:

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

Backs:

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


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