The Scotland squad for the 2019 Six Nations has been announced. See it here.
Scotland Six Nations Squad 2019 – Team To Play England
Scotland Team to face England in the Six Nations – Saturday 16th March
Sean Maitland; Darcy Graham, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Byron McGuigan; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally (capt), Willem Nel; Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist; Sam Skinner, Hamish Watson, Magnus Bradbury.
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss, Greig Laidlaw, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris
Gregor Townsend has made six changes to his side that narrowly lost to Wales last weekend.
Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie and Josh Strauss have all dropped out of the startling line-up with Ben Toolis, Sam Skinner and Hamish Watson coming in. Magnus Bradbury has also shifted from blindside flanker to number eight.
In the back-line, Sean Maitland comes in to replace Blair Kinghorn, and then Sam Johnson and Byron McGuigan have been named as starters for Peter Horne and Tommy Seymour.
Scotland Team to face Wales in the Six Nations – Saturday 9th March
Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Peter Horne, Darcy Graham, Finn Russell, Ali Price, Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Josh Strauss
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson, Greig Laidlaw, Adam Hastings, Byron McGuigan.
Scotland Team to face France in the Six Nations – Saturday 23rd February
Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland, Peter Horne, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Josh Strauss
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Alex Allan, Zander Fagerson, Ben Toolis, Gary Graham, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Darcy Graham.
Scotland team to face Ireland in the Six Nations – Saturday 9th February
Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw, Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Ryan Wilson, Jamie Ritchie, Josh Strauss
Replacements: Fraser Brown, Jamie Bhatti, D’arcy Rae, Ben Toolis, Rob Harley, Ali Price, Pete Horne, Blair Kinghorn
Scotland team to face Italy in the Six Nations – Saturday 2nd February
Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner, Jamie Ritchie, Ryan Wilson
Replacements: Jake Kerr, Jamie Bhatti, Simon Berghan, Gary Graham, Josh Strauss, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Chris Harris.
Scotland Six Nations Squad 2019
Forwards (22): Alex Allan, Adam Ashe, Simon Berghan, Jamie Bhatti, Fraser Brown, David Cherry, Luke Crosbie, Allan Dell, Grant Gilchrist, Gary Graham, Jonny Gray, John Hardie, Jake Kerr, Murray McCallum, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, D’Arcy Rae, Jamie Ritchie, Josh Strauss, Tim Swinson, Ben Toolis, Ryan Wilson
Coming off a fairly competitive win against Italy, Gregor Townsend has named a couple of changes to his Scotland squad that currently sits atop the 2019 Six Nations table.
Fraser Brown and Murray McCallum have been introduced into the Scottish squad with fellow front-rower Grant Stewart returning to his club.
Additionally, Townsend has added Glasgow Warriors backs Rory Hughes and Stafford McDowall, along with Edinburgh scrum-half Henry Pyrgos.
In terms of their injury problems, Scotland have been badly afflicted with many of their regular squad players currently out including; John Barclay, Hamish Watson, David Denton, Richie Gray, and Byron McGuigan.
The latest casualty is Sam Skinner who injured his ankle against Italy and he has returned to his club Exeter.
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Head coach Gregor Townsend said of the squad; “There’s certainly been a lot of improvement from this group of players in recent seasons and I believe there’s much more to come. They’ve a genuine desire to get better and reach their potential in what is a huge year for our sport.
“In the past 18 months we’ve played 18 Test matches and have introduced 18 new players to Test-level rugby. Once again, our squad features players aiming to take that step, which is a testimony to their performances this season and the growing strength in depth of Scottish rugby.
“It is a privilege for our players to be involved in the Guinness Six Nations, which is such a prestigious tournament and will be highly competitive once again.
“We look forward to taking on the challenge of Italy and working hard as a squad over the next two weeks to deliver a winning performance.”
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