Scotland squad for RBS 6 Nations 2013

Scotland RugbyInterim coach Scott Johnson has named a 35-man training squad to prepare for the RBS 6 Nations 2013.

There are recalls for Johnnie Beattie, Richie Vernon, Alasdair Dickinson, Moray Low, Robert Harley and Duncan Weir, and there are ten uncapped players in the squad.

What do you think? Can these players usher in a successful new era for Scotland? Can they beat England at Twickenham in the opening match?

Peter Murchie, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Sean Lamont (all Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby), Max Evans (Castres), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Dunbar, Peter Horne, Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson (all Glasgow Warriors), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Henry Pyrgos, Sean Kennedy (both Glasgow Warriors) and Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby).

Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks), Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Pat MacArthur (all Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), Moray Low, Alastair Kellock (both Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Sale Sharks), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson (both Glasgow Warriors), Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier), David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby), Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors).

9 thoughts on “Scotland squad for RBS 6 Nations 2013

  1. 19 Glasgow players , 7 Edinburgh (if I can count), just hope Glasgow’s domestic session dosen’t suffer too much. Need more pro teams to lessen the impact on clubs and increase the compatition for Scotland places.

    1. Think the Scottish Rugby missed a trick by not buying London Scottish and supporting them to get into the Premiership. A couple of clubs have shown that it’s possible to run a self funding club at that level and would give them more players to pick from whilst not costing much if anything.

      1. I don’t think that works? – you need to have a min number of English qualified players in each English Prem match.

        1. I think that the number of EQP relates to the allocation of central funding from the RFU (that is in return for release of players). So not sure if you have to play any EQPs but you would get less cash.

          True it would make it harder for it to be self funding though. But just like the 2 pro teams in Scotland aren’t all Scottish players there is no reason why London Scottish would have to be either and would still improve the number of profesional players available.

          From the Permiership website:
          Foreign players
          The legal definition of foreign players is different to one of non-English players.

          Bosman and Kolpak
          The Bosman ruling reinforced the Treaty of Rome in a sporting context, allowing the free movement of EU national workers around other EU countries. This effectively means any EU national has the same rights as any ‘local’ worker and therefore cannot be defined as a foreigner.

          Premiership rules
          The rule on foreign players has been amended to come into line with the regulations in European competitions. A maximum of two foreign players can now be on the pitch at any one time, at all periods during the season.

          The level of English Qualified Players (EQP) in the Premiership has been fairly consistent since the inception of the league, at around 61-63%. This means on average there is something like 165 English players playing every weekend in the Premiership.

  2. Interesting to see some new faces but I fear domestic form could mean they may struggle. If England turn up with the same intensity we saw against the ABs then I think that they will win and by a fair margin. Then again, we never seam to do that against the Scots!

    1. “but I fear domestic form could mean they may struggle. ”

      what, that domestic form that has seen Glasgow struggle to second in the Pro12….

  3. To start against England:

    1 Ryan Grant
    2 Dougie Hall
    3 Euan Murray
    4 Richie Gray
    5 Grant Gilchrist
    6 Rob Harley
    7 Chris Fusaro
    8 David Denton
    9 Henry Pyrgos
    10 Rauridh Jackson
    11 Tim Visser
    12 Matt Scott
    13 Sean Lamont
    14 Sean Maitland
    15 Stuart Hogg

    16 Pat MacArthur
    17 Geoff Cross
    18 Al Kellock
    19 Kelly Brown
    20 Grieg Laidlaw
    21 Duncan Weir
    22 Max Evans

    In the long run should be looking to start Macarthur at 2 and when Weir is back to his best to start ahead of Jackson.

    Started Lamont at 13 because I think he has been playing very well there for Glasgow and I dont think he has performed on the wing for a while and has lost a little bit of pace. In the long run Hogg or Dunbar to take over the 13 jersey

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