Scotland: Seventeen uncapped players in squad for summer Tests

 

Edinburgh flanker Jamie Ritchie will captain Scotland in their three summer Tests
Edinburgh flanker Jamie Ritchie will captain Scotland in their three summer Tests

Scotland has named 17 uncapped players to a 37-man squad for summer Tests against England A, Romania, and Georgia.

Head coach Gregor Townsend joins the British and Irish Lions' staff for the tour of South Africa as an assistant coach.

Eight Scotland players are also unavailable due to Lions commitments.

Scotland will be captained by Edinburgh's Jamie Ritchie, one of six players in the squad with more than 20 caps.

Glasgow Warriors quartet Rory Darge, Jamie Dobie, Rufus McLean, and Ross Thompson, Edinburgh pair Luke Crosbie and Charlie Shiel, Bath's Josh Bayliss, and Sale Sharks' Ewan Ashman are among the uncapped players.

Glasgow's Sione Tuipulotu, Kiran McDonald, and Cole Forbes are among the newcomers, as are Edinburgh's Jack Blain and Jamie Hodgson, Northampton Saints' Nick Auterac, Scarlets' Javan Sebastian, Doncaster Knights' Robin Hislop, and Leicester Tigers' Cameron Henderson.

The 37-man squad will meet 12 days before the England A away game on June 27, with a smaller pool then travelling to Romania and Georgia on July 10 and 17, respectively.

“We have selected a mix of genuine Test match experience and a number of players who have impressed recently to warrant a place in a squad that will want to continue the positive progress we have built up on and off the field in recent months,” Blair said.

“With the next Rugby World Cup two years away, this period allows us to add depth in key positions.”

 

 

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