The Scots will look to end the tournament on a high
Scotland Six Nations Squad 2022
Scotland ended the Six Nations with a disappointing 26-5 defeat by Ireland in Dublin.
They were outscored four tries to one by Ireland and finished fourth in the Six Nations table as their campaign petered out following an impressive opening victory over England.
Scotland team to play Ireland – Saturday 19 March
Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Kyle Steyn; Blair Kinghorn, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Jonny Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Rory Darge, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Josh Bayliss, Ben White, Finn Russell, Mark Bennett.
Italy 22-33 Scotland
It wasn’t a complete performance from Scotland – they let Italy reduce the 23-point advantage they had built in the final quarter and missed 30 tackles – but they returned to winning ways after the defeats by Wales and France.
Chris Harris scored two tries while Sam Johnson, Darcy Graham and captain Stuart Hogg also crossed.
Scotland team to play Italy – Saturday 12 March
Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Kyle Steyn; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Rory Darge, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Allan Dell, WP Nel, Jamie Hodgson, Magnus Bradbury, Ben Vellacott, Adam Hastings, Sione Tuipulotu.
Scotland 17-36 France
Rory Darge scored a try on his first Scotland start while Duhan van der Merwe crossed late in the game, but it was les Bleus who dominated the match in Edinburgh.
First-half tries came from Paul Willemse, Yoram Moefana and Gael Fickou before Jonathan Danty and Damian Penaud (two) scored in the second half to wrap up a bonus-point win and keep French hopes of a first Slam in 12 years on track.
Scotland team to play France – Saturday 26 February
Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, Zander Fagerson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Nick Haining, Rory Darge, Magnus Bradbury.
Replacements: George Turner, Oli Kebble, WP Nel, Jamie Hodgson, Andy Christie, Ben White, Blair Kinghorn, Mark Bennett.
Wales 20-17 Scotland
Scotland fell to a 20-17 Six Nations defeat in Wales, extending their losing run to the Welsh in Cardiff to 20 years.
The visitors started brightly at the Principality Stadium when some fancy footwork from Darcy Graham saw him score a try in the 12th minute, but the scores were locked at 17-17 at the hour mark after Wales had hit back with a Tomas Francis try as well as four Dan Biggar penalties to equal those of Finn Russell.
The drama came in the 68th minute when Russell was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on as the hosts attacked close to the Scottish line. Biggar opted to kick for touch from the penalty and again when Scotland infringed at the maul, and when Wales couldn’t cross the whitewash the skipper slotted a drop-goal to secure the win.
Scotland team to face Wales – Saturday 12 February
Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Jonny Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: George Turner, Rory Sutherland, Zander Fagerson, Magnus Bradbury, Rory Darge, Ben White, Blair Kinghorn, Cameron Redpath.
Scotland 20-17 England
Gregor Townsend‘s squad trailed 17-10 with 15 minutes to go but a Finn Russell cross-field kick was slapped into touch by Luke Cowan-Dickie and the Scots were awarded a penalty try, with the officials adjudging that Darcy Graham would have collected the ball to score if not for the England hooker’s actions.
Finn Russell then slotted a penalty to make it 20-17 as Scotland won back-to-back matches against England for the first time since 1983-84.
Scotland team to face England – Saturday 5 February
Stuart Hogg (captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Jonny Gray, Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Pierre Schoeman, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Magnus Bradbury, Ben White, Blair Kinghorn, Sione Tuipulotu.
Scotland Six Nations Squad 2022
Back-row Andy Christie, flanker Rory Darge, wing Kyle Rowe and scrum-halves Ben Vellacott and Ben White could all win their first Scotland caps.
Omissions include Adam Hastings, Huw Jones, Fraser Brown and Sean Maitland.
But it will be a welcome return for centre Cameron Redpath, who is named after an injury kept him out of action for months. In addition, Rory Hutchinson is back in the side after not playing for Scotland in 2021.
The team will meet for a training camp on 24 January and Townsend said: “When you look through the squad this is the most competitive I’ve seen it in so many areas and that’s testament to the strength and depth we have.
“We are able to call-up several new players into the squad, such as Andy Christie, Kyle Rowe and Ben White. We have been aware of all of the uncapped players for a while now and recently they have all experienced a breakthrough in terms of their performances at club level.
“A key part of the squad selection was rewarding form and that definitely applies to Ben Vellacott and Rory Darge, who have been excellent for their clubs this season.”
Ewan Ashman (3 Apr 2000/Sale Sharks/Hooker/2)
Josh Bayliss (18 Sep 1997/Bath/Back-row/3)
Simon Berghan (7 Dec 1990/Glasgow/Prop/2017 v France/31)
Jamie Bhatti (8 Sep 1993/Bath/Prop/2017 v Samoa/22)
Magnus Bradbury (23 Aug 1995/Glasgow Warriors/No 8/2016 v Argentina/18)
David Cherry (3 Jan 1991/Edinburgh/Hooker/2021 v England/5)
Andy Christie (22 Mar 1999/Saracens/Back-row/2022 v France/1)
Scott Cummings (3 Dec 1996/Glasgow Warriors/Lock/2019 v France/19)
Rory Darge (23 Feb 2000/Glasgow Warriors/Flanker/2022 v Wales/4)
Matt Fagerson (16 Jul 1998/Glasgow Warriors/Back-row/2018 v USA/17)
Zander Fagerson (19 Jan 1996/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2016 v England/47)
Grant Gilchrist (9 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Lock/2013 v France/53)
Jonny Gray (14 Mar 1994/Exeter Chiefs/Lock/2013 v South Africa/67)
Nick Haining (1 Sep 1990/Edinburgh/Back-row or No 8/2020 v Ireland/11)
Jamie Hodgson (19 Mar 1998/Edinburgh/Lock/2021 v Tonga/3)
Oli Kebble (18 Jun 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Prop/2020 v Georgia/10)
Kiran McDonald (1 Nov 1994/Glasgow/Lock or flanker/Uncapped)
Stuart McInally (9 Aug 1990/Edinburgh/No 8 or flanker/2015 v Italy/48)
WP Nel (30 Apr 1986/Edinburgh/Prop/2015 v Italy/48)
Jamie Ritchie (16 Aug 1996/Edinburgh/Back-row/2018 v Canada/32)
Pierre Schoeman (7 Mar 1994/Edinburgh/Prop/2021 v Tonga/9)
Javan Sebastian (2 Sep 1994/Scarlets/Prop/2021 v Japan/1)
Sam Skinner (31 Jan 1995/Exeter Chiefs/Back-row or lock/2018 v Fiji/20)
Rory Sutherland (24 Aug 1992/Edinburgh/Prop/2016 v Ireland/18 (+2 for Lions))
Marshall Sykes (29 Dec 1999/Edinburgh/Lock/2021 v Tonga/1)
George Turner (8 Oct 1992/Glasgow Warriors/Hooker/2017 v Samoa/25)
Hamish Watson (15 Oct 1991/Edinburgh/Back-row/2015 v Italy/49 (+1 for Lions))
Mark Bennett (3 Feb 1993/Edinburgh/Centre/2014 v Argentina/23)
Darcy Graham (21 Jun 1997/Edinburgh/Wing/2018 v Wales/27)
Chris Harris (28 Dec 1990/Gloucester Rugby/Centre/2017 v Samoa/36)
Stuart Hogg (24 Jun 1992/Exeter Chiefs/Full-back/2012 v Wales/92 (+2 for Lions))
Rory Hutchinson (29 Jan 1996/Northampton Saints/Centre or Full-back/2019 v France/5)
Sam Johnson (19 Jun 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Centre/2019 v Italy/25)
Blair Kinghorn (18 Jan 1997/Edinburgh/Wing/2018 v England/31)
James Lang (4 Apr 1995/Edinburgh/Centre/2018 v Canada/6)
Rufus McLean (2 Mar 2000/Glasgow/Full-back or wing/2021 v Tonga/2)
Ali Price (12 May 1993/Glasgow Warriors/Scrum-half/2016 v Georgia/51)
Cameron Redpath (23 Dec 1999/Bath Rugby/Centre/2021 v England/2)
Kyle Rowe (8 Feb 1998/London Irish/Wing/Uncapped)
Finn Russell (23 Sep 1992/Racing 92/Fly-half/2014 v USA/63 (+1 for Lions))
Ollie Smith (7 Aug 2000/Glasgow/Centre/Uncapped)
Kyle Steyn (29 Jan 1994/Glasgow/Centre/2020 v France/4)
Sione Tuipulotu (12 Feb 1997/Glasgow/Centre/2021 v Tonga/4)
Duhan van der Merwe (4 Jun 1995/Edinburgh/Wing/2020 v Georgia/16 (+3 for Lions))
Ben Vellacott (28 March 1995/Edinburgh/Scrum-half/2022 v Italy/2)
Ben White (27 May 1998/London Irish/Scrum-half/2022 v England/4)
Scotland Six Nations Fixtures 2022
(All kick-off times are GMT)
Sat 5 February, Scotland 20-17 England Scotland retain Calcutta Cup
Sat 12 February, Wales 20-17 Scotland Wales snatch dramatic win with Dan Biggar drop-goal
Sat 26 February, Scotland 17-36 France France remain on track for Grand Slam
Sat 12 March, Italy 22-33 Scotland Five-try Scots bounce back in Italy
Sat 19 March, Ireland 26-5 Scotland Hugo Keenan try-saving tackle on Stuart Hogg
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