Scotland squad for Autumn Internationals

scotlandFive uncapped players have been named in the Scotland squad for the upcoming Autumn Internationals. They are: Glasgow Warriors’ Mark Bennett, Jonny Gray and Chris Fusaro and the London Irish back-row pair of Kieran Low and Blair Cowan.

The squad comprises 18 Glasgow Warriors players, 13 Exiles and ten from Edinburgh Rugby, reflecting the good form of the Warriors this season. Experienced campaigners Ross Ford, Nick De Luca, Max Evans and John Barclay also return to the squad, having missed the summer tour to South Africa with injury.

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: “This squad is about getting the job right for our upcoming Test matches but it’s also about the next 24 months as we build towards Rugby World Cup 2015.

“As I said during the tour we need and want to expand our playing pool and within that we have to be clear on which of our long-experienced players will make the journey to the World Cup. We have to make sure, too, that our young players, who have the ability to play international footy, get the mileage on the clock ahead of the World Cup.”

Regarding the new faces, Johnson noted: “I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from Mark Bennett and Jonny Gray. They’ve been consistent, which is often a challenge for younger players, and they’ve shown the resolve to get better.

“Low is a good, young player who is athletic and big enough to play at lock or blindside and we don’t have many players who can do that. One of the lessons from the South African tour, and especially given the attritional nature of the position, is that we must increase our back-row depth and compare the skills set of the players there. We know Ross Rennie is coming back to fitness and Chris Fusaro is an out and out 7. Cowan is a good, tough, energetic player who can play in every back-row position.”

Scotland squad:

Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors)
Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors)
Nick De Luca (Edinburgh Rugby)
Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors)
Max Evans (Castres)
Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby)
Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors)
Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)
Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby)
Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors)
Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors)
Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby)
Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)
Duncan Taylor (Saracens)
Greig Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby)
Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby)
Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors)

John Barclay (Scarlets)
John Beattie (Montpellier)
Kelly Brown (Saracens)
Blair Cowan (London Irish)
Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby)
David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)
Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby)
Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby)
Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors)
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby)
Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors)
Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors)
Richie Gray (Castres)
Jim Hamilton (Montpellier)
Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors)
Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)
Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons)
Kieran Low (London Irish)
Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors)
Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors)
Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors)
Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan)
Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors)
Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors)

Invited to train with squad: Stuart McInally and Ross Rennie (both Edinburgh Rugby)
Injured: Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne, Peter Murchie and Ryan Wilson (all Glasgow Warriors) and Steve Lawrie (Edinburgh Rugby)

What do you make of the Scotland squad?

One thought on “Scotland squad for Autumn Internationals

  1. I’m surprised not to see Tyrone Holmes or Byron McGuigan there from Glasgow but on the whole it looks like a strong squad.

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