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.
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.
[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:
Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 58 caps
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs) – 34 caps
Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 99 caps
Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps
Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps
Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps
Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 58 caps
Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps
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
Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester) – 53 caps
Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps
Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps
Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps
Huw Jones (Stormers) – 1 cap
Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 18 caps
Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps
Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 23 caps
Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps
Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 26 caps
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.
Credit: World Rugby