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Scotland Announce 33-man Squad for Summer Tour

Scotland Announce 33-man Squad for Summer Tour

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named a 33-man squad for Scotland’s Summer Tour of Canada, USA and Argentina. The three-match series will begin on 9 June in Edmonton.

While a number of frontline players are rested, 2017 British & Irish Lion Stuart Hogg is named in the travelling party, along with 2013 tourist Richie Gray.

John Barclay, Greig Laidlaw, Finn Russell and Jonny Gray will remain at home as part of Scotland’s player management plan while Huw Jones, Hamish Watson and WP Nel miss out through injury.

Hooker Stuart McInally will captain the squad in the absence of Barclay.

After a dramatic Championship which saw Scotland achieve a famous Calcutta Cup success, Townsend, is focussed on both team-building and performance.

“There are twin goals for this tour – the first is to build on the work we’ve done so far this season and finish with improved performances. We also have the Rugby World Cup in our thoughts, as this will be our last tour before we leave for Japan next year.

“Touring and staying together for four weeks and experiencing different environments will be very informative – seeing how players get on with each other, how much they improve and how they rise to each challenge we face on tour.”

33-MAN SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR 2018 SUMMER TOUR

FORWARDS (18)
Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps
Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps
Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps
Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 31 caps
Lewis Carmichael (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – 10 caps
David Denton (Worcester Warriors) – 39 caps
Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 22 caps
Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 65 caps
Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) – 1 cap
Murray McCallum (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
Stuart McInally CAPTAIN (Edinburgh Rugby) – 17 caps
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 36 caps
George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps

BACKS (15)
Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 2 caps
Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps
Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps
Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 60 caps
George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 33 caps
Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 caps
Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps
Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps
James Lang (Harlequins) – uncapped
Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 3 caps
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 21 caps

SCOTLAND FIXTURES 2018 (all times are in GMT)
2018 Summer Tour
Saturday 9 June: Canada v Scotland; Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton (kick-off 1.10am)
Saturday 16 June: USA v Scotland; BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston (kick-off 12.00am)
Weekend of 22 June: Argentina v Scotland; Estadio Centenario (kick-off 19.40pm)

2018 Autumn Tests
Saturday 3 November: Wales v Scotland, Principality Stadium (kick-off 2.45pm)
Saturday 10 November: Scotland v Fiji, BT Murrayfield (kick-off 2.30pm)
Saturday 17 November: Scotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield (kick-off 5.20pm)
Saturday 24 November: Scotland v Argentina, BT Murrayfield (kick-off 2.30pm)

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