Scotland squads for June tours announced

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Scotland have announced two separate squad for their tours to North America, and Argentina and South Africa in June.

There are six uncapped players in the 43-man double squad. Glasgow Warriors’ Gordon Reid, Alex Allan, Kevin Bryce and Finn Russell are rewarded for their club’s excellent season with a place in the squads, as are London Irish’s Blair Cowan and Edinburgh’s Grayson Hart.

Just nine players will take part in both legs of the tour: forwards Gordon Reid, Pat MacArthur, Kevin Bryce, Moray Low, Geoff Cross and Grant Gilchrist and backs Alex Dunbar, Sean Maitland and Stuart Hogg.

The squad totals 19 from Glasgow Warriors, 17 Exiles and seven from Edinburgh Rugby. They play games against USA on in Houston on Saturday 7 June, Canada in Toronto on Saturday 14 June, Argentina in Cordoba on Friday 20 June, and South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 28 June.

The tours mark Vern Cotter’s first forays into international coaching with Scotland. Their new coach said: ““I’m very much looking forward to starting work with the Scotland players as we begin our 16-match countdown to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

“Working with Scott Johnson and the national coaches, we’ve selected, effectively, two squads for our itinerary this summer taking into account Glasgow Warriors’ pursuit of PRO 12 silverware and the fact that our match against South Africa falls out-with the IRB Regulation 9 window.

“We’ve included a mix of the battle-hardened and promising new talent and it will be good to see how players step up to tough and different challenges at the end of a long domestic campaign.”

Scotland squad for the Test matches v USA and Canada

Forwards: Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan, Geoff Cross (both London Irish), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Richie Gray (Castres), Jim Hamilton (Montpellier), Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), Kieran Low (London Irish), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan), and Kyle Traynor (Bristol Rugby).

Backs: Chris Cusiter (Sale Sharks), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Max Evans (Castres), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester), Sean Lamont, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell (all Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), and Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby).

Scotland squad for Test matches v Argentina and South Africa

Forwards: Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors), Geoff Cross (London Irish), David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, (all Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray, Rob Harley (both Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Pat MacArthur, Gordon Reid (both Glasgow Warriors), Tim Swinson, and Jon Welsh (both Glasgow Warriors).

Backs: Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Dougie Fife, Grayson Hart (both Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne(both Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (London Wasps), Sean Maitland Age, Peter Murchie, Henry Pyrgos, Tommy Seymour, and Duncan Weir (all Glasgow Warriors).

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

2 thoughts on “Scotland squads for June tours announced

  1. The overwhelming reaction there seems to be for this is:
    – Where’s the money coming from for a double tour? When Scotland is consistently under-spending on grassroots level rugby, is facing increasing clamour for a third professional team and has only just climbed out of a debt pit after the BT Stadium deal.

    – The number of important players missing on 7s duty shows the error in proclaiming Scotland’s apparently sudden growth in strength in depth.

    – Where on earth is Roddy Grant? Every single commentator I see on twitter and columns has mentioned how bemused they are by his consistent lack of selection to the national side. One of the most consistently successful performers on the professional stage, what does he lack (in Scotland of all places) which could possibly merit him missing out on not one, but two touring parties abroad?

    1. I also imagine the SRFU are sinking a lot of money into Cotter’s salary. We’ll find out I suppose whether this was a shrewd or vanity investment. But I’d be worried by Clermont’s drop in form once Alex King left. Who was the real force behind there attacking play?

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