Gregor Townsend has selected 33 players for France 2023

After a lengthy stint off following the loss to South Africa, Gregor Townsend has named the Scotland Rugby World Cup squad to take on Tonga.

Kyle Steyn comes onto the wing, with Chris Harris starting at outside centre. Rory Sutherland wears No 1, and Scott Cummings also makes the starting line-up.

The back-row that took on the Boks remains, while lurking on the bench are Huw Jones and Darcy Graham.

See the full squad below.

Scotland team to face Tonga

Blair Kinghorn; Kyle Steyn, Chris Harris, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ben White; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Scott Cummings, Jamie Ritchie (captain), Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey.

Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Pierre Schoeman, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Huw Jones, Darcy Graham.

Scotland Rugby World Cup squad 2023


Ewan Ashman, Jamie Bhatti, Dave Cherry, Luke Crosbie, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Richie Gray, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie (c), Pierre Schoeman, Javan Sebastian, Sam Skinner, Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Hamish Watson.


Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn, Chris Harris, Ben Healy, George Horne, Huw Jones, Ali Price, Cameron Redpath, Finn Russell, Ollie Smith, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, Ben White.

Scotland World Cup Pool

Scotland have been drawn in Rugby World Cup Pool B alongside reigning champions South Africa, Ireland, Tonga and Romania.

Sun 10 Sept Scotland v South Africa  (Stade de Vélodrome, Marseille)

Sun 24 Sept Scotland v Tonga (Stade de Nice, Nice)

Sat 30 Sept Scotland v Romania (Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille)

Sat 7 Oct Scotland v Ireland (Stade de France, Saint-Denis)

The knockout stages will follow the same format as previous years, with teams from Pools A and B then Pools C and D meeting in the quarter-finals. So Wales and England could meet in the last eight, for example.

QF1 – Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
QF2 – Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
QF3 – Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
QF4 – Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B

Then the semi-finals will be the Winner of QF1 v Winner QF2 and the Winner QF3 v Winner QF4.

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