Scotland Rugby Squad Named For Autumn Internationals

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Vern Cotter has this morning announced his squad to take on Australia, Argentina and Georgia in next month’s Autumn Internationals at Murrayfield and Rugby Park.

Cotter has chosen a strong squad thanks to few injuries

There are a total of nine changes from the squad that toured Japan in the summer, with uncapped Edinburgh prop Allan Dell coming in from the injured Willem Nell and Rory Sutherland.

The loss of Scotland’s MVP prop, and up and coming Sutherland will be a bitter blow, but there is good news with the return Zander Fagerson to shore up the front row.

It’s great news for the perennially injured Grant Gilchrist, who returns to fold following a terrible run of injuries.

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In the backs on form Harelquin Tim Visser and Glasgow duo Finn Russell Alex Dunbar lend their talent to line, whilst Lamont, Jackson, Scott and Denton miss out. Many will be surprised by Scot not making the team, especially considering his rejuvenated form for Premiership side Gloucester.

Another surprise exclusion is the newly Scottish qualified Cornell du Preez who, alongside Nel, has been Edinburgh’s stand out player for the past few seasons.

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[blockquote author=”Vern Cotter” pull=”normal”]“This is an important season for this group of players who are determined to be successful in a Scotland jersey, and have a clear will to win.”[/blockquote]

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FULL SQUAD TO FACE AUSTRALIA, ARGENTINA AND GEORGIA:

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PROP

Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped

Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 58 caps

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Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs) – 34 caps

Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps

HOOKER

Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 99 caps

Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps

SECONDROW

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps

Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps

Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 58 caps

Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps

BACKROW

John Barclay (Scarlets) – 52 caps

John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps

Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps

Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps

Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps

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SCRUM-HALF

Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester) – 53 caps

Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps

STANDOFF

Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps

Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps

CENTRE

Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps

Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps

Huw Jones (Stormers) – 1 cap

Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 18 caps

WING

Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps

Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 23 caps

Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps

Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 26 caps

FULLBACK

Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 45 caps

What do you think of the squad selected? Let us know in the comments below.


Here’s what happened last time Scotland met Australia in October’s Rugby World Cup Quarter Final.


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Credit: World Rugby

44 COMMENTS

  1. Having watched the Rugby championship, both Australia and Argentina will be hard to beat, Argies are improving all the time, whilst the Aussies are having a run of poor results are still a decent side

    • Argentina is a game Scotland can win, they’re a good side but have been really undisciplined this year and that gives Scotland a good shot at beating them. Australia could go either way depending on what form the Wallabies show up in.

  2. We’re down to pretty much the bare bones thanks to injury situation at Glasgow & Edinburgh. Is what it is as others have said.
    Zander should do grand. He was part of pack that took apart the Leicester pack (albeit not one up to Martin Johnson & Co era standards)

  3. Shame about Nel
    Sure young Zander will step up, Bradbury should have got a shout; these games should open window of opportunity to blood the young lads. Glad to see Watson in taking a chance on Dickinson & Taylor, both fine players but will lack game time after injury which makes exclusion of Matt Scott bizarre !!! Kinghorn should have been invited to train with squad like Bradbury.

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