Scotland delivered dramatic victories in this year's championship

Scotland Six Nations Squad 2021

Scotland ended the 2021 Six Nations as they started it – with an historic victory.

Having kicked off their campaign with a first win over England at Twickenham since 1983, they brought the championship to a close with a 27-23 victory against France in Paris, Duhan van der Merwe’s second try late on the clincher.

Related: Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 years

They ultimately finished fourth in the Six Nations table, but there were clear signs of improvement for Scotland.

Scotland team to play France – Friday 26 March

Stuart Hogg; Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Nick Haining.

Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Ryan Wilson, Scott Steele, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones.

Scotland team to play Italy – Saturday 20 March

Sean Maitland; Darcy Graham, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Stuart Hogg, Scott Steele; Rory Sutherland, David Cherry, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: George Turner, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Alex Craig, Nick Haining, Ali Price, Jaco van der Walt, Chris Harris.

RUGBY WORLD VERDICT

Pay close attention to this one because Scotland’s selection could become a collector’s item, writes Alan Dymock. Stuart Hogg gets to wear the ten jersey for the first time and leads a backline designed to fit the attacking mantra “go, go, go!” However they perform defensively, speed going forward is at the heart of their approach.

Which will be just swell… provided the Scottish set-piece performs much better than it did against Ireland. Six lost lineouts was a disaster. Dave Cherry is in at hooker, while injuries mean that there is a brand new lock pairing with Skinner and Gilchrist jumping for the ball. Dominating collisions has to be back on the agenda.

And look who else is back in the mix. Zander Fagerson has just served a lengthy ban having taken a red against Wales and if he is to reignite talk of a Lions tour he faces a big fortnight. He needs to make an impact, while playing clean and staying on the referee’s good side.

Scotland team to play Ireland – Sunday 14 March

Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, WP Nel, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: David Cherry, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Nick Haining, Scott Steele, Huw Jones, Darcy Graham.

RUGBY WORLD VERDICT

Jamie Ritchie’s return is timely, writes Sarah Mockford. He and Hamish Watson have developed a great partnership on the flanks, and they’ll need to be at their best to keep a snaffling Irish back row in check.

It’s a shame to see Darcy Graham drop to the bench as he is a real livewire in attack. Gregor Townsend may feel Sean Maitland will be better under the high ball, particularly given his bigger frame, but let’s hope Graham gets a decent chunk of game time as he could jink his way through Ireland’s defence.

Scotland team to play Wales – Saturday 13 February

Stuart Hogg; Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, James Lang, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Blade Thomson, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, WP Nel, Richie Gray, Gary Graham, Scott Steele,  Jaco van der Walt, Huw Jones.

Scotland team to play England – Saturday 6 February

Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Cameron Redpath, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Scott Cummings, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: David Cherry, Oli Kebble, WP Nel, Richie Gray, Gary Graham, Scott Steele, Jaco van der Walt, Huw Jones.

Scotland Six Nations Squad 2021

Forwards

(DoB/Club/Position/Test debut/caps)

Ewan Ashman (3 Apr 2000/Sale Sharks/Hooker/Uncapped)
Josh Bayliss (18 Sep 1997/Bath/Back-row/Uncapped)
Simon Berghan (7 Dec 1990/Edinburgh/Prop/2017 v France/31)
Jamie Bhatti (8 Sep 1993/Bath/Prop/2017 v Samoa/17)
David Cherry (3 Jan 1991/Edinburgh/Hooker/2021 v England/5)
Alex Craig (26 Apr 1997/Gloucester Rugby/Lock/2021 v Italy/2)
Scott Cummings (3 Dec 1996/Glasgow Warriors/Lock/2019 v France/19)
Cornell du Preez (23 Mar 1991/Worcester/Back-row/2017 v England/9)
Matt Fagerson (16 Jul 1998/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2018 v USA/13)
Grant Gilchrist (9 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Lock/2013 v France/45)
Jonny Gray (14 Mar 1994/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/2013 v South Africa/64)
Richie Gray (24 Aug 1989/Glasgow Warriors/Lock/2010 v France/67 (+1 for Lions))
Rob Harley (26 May 1990/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2012 v Samoa/22)
Oli Kebble (18 Jun 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2020 v Georgia/8)
WP Nel (30 Apr 1986/Edinburgh/Prop/2015 v Italy/43)
Darcy Rae (21 Dec 1994/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2019 v Ireland/1)
Jamie Ritchie (16 Aug 1996/Edinburgh/Back-row/2018 v Canada/27)
Grant Stewart (28 Feb 1995Glasgow Warriors/Hooker/2019 v France/3)
Rory Sutherland (24 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Prop/2016 v Ireland/16)
George Turner (8 Oct 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Hooker/2017 v Samoa/17)
Hamish Watson (15 Oct 1991/Edinburgh/Back-row/2015 v Italy/41)

Backs
Jamie Dobie (7 Jun 2001/Glasgow Warriors/Scrum-half/Uncapped)
Darcy Graham (21 Jun 1997/Edinburgh/Wing/2018 v Wales/19)
Chris Harris (28 Dec 1990/Gloucester Rugby/Centre/2017 v Samoa/28)
Stuart Hogg (24 Jun 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Full-back/2012 v Wales/85)
Sam Johnson (19 Jun 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Centre/2019 v Italy/18)
Huw Jones (17 Dec 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Centre/2016 v Japan/31)
James Lang (4 Apr 1995/Harlequins/Centre of fly-half/2018 v Canada/6)
Sean Maitland (14 Sep 1988/Saracens/Wing/2013 v England/53)
Ali Price (12 May 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Scrum-half/2016 v Georgia/42)
Finn Russell (23 Sep 1992/Racing 92/Fly-half/2014 v USA/55)
Scott Steele (24 Jul 1993/Harlequins/Scrum-half/2020 v Wales/3)
Duncan Taylor (5 Sep 1989/Saracens/Centre/2013 v Samoa/28)
Duhan van der Merwe (4 Jun 1995/Edinburgh/Wing/2020 v Georgia/10)
Jaco van der Walt (1 Feb 1994/Edinburgh/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/2)

Scotland Six Nations Fixtures 2021

(All kick-off times are GMT)

Round 1

Sat 6 February, England 6-11 Scotland Scotland win Calcutta Cup at Twickenham

Round 2

Sat 13 February, Scotland 24-25 Wales Louis Rees-Zammit stuns the Scots

Round 3

Fri 26 March, France 23-27 Scotland Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 years

Round 4

Sun 14 March, Scotland 24-27 Ireland Scotland score comedy try against Ireland

Round 5

Sat 20 March, Scotland 52-10 Italy Scotland secure try bonus point in 28 minutes against Italy

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