NEWS: Scotland’s new Head Coach Gregor Townsend, under his first stewardship has named three uncapped players in a 34-man Scotland squad for the summer tour.
Townsend has replaced Vern Cotter and has included uncapped trio Nick Grigg, prop D’Arcy Rae and Edinburgh Rugby hooker George Turner in his first Scotland squad for summer Tests against Italy, Australia and Fiji next month.
John Barclay will continue as captain in the absence of Greig Laidlaw, who has been called up by the Lions.
The 34-man group for the Tests against Italy, Australia and Fiji includes 17 Glasgow players, 10 from Edinburgh, six from England and Wales and Richie Gray of Toulouse.
Peter Horne and WP Nel will make their international returns following injury, while there are recalls for wing Lee Jones, back Ruaridh Jackson and Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne in the 34-man squad.
Scotland, who sit fifth in the world rankings, will play three Test matches – starting with a clash against fellow RBS 6 Nations side Italy, followed by two-time world champions Australia and Fiji.
“We’re looking forward to what will be a challenging tour of three different countries, playing three quality sides,” said Townsend – who left Glasgow Warriors to take the national job.
“This tour is all about learning and competing. As a coaching group we will be learning more about our players and how they perform in a different environment against three sides with contrasting styles of play.
“We have assembled a strong squad, and this is an opportunity for them work with us for the first time.
“We’re going to have three week’s preparation in Scotland before we head overseas, which will enable us to implement the key components of how we will play.
“Ultimately, though, this is a tour that will be about competition – for each individual to compete for a starting place and for them to work hard and find a way to win every time they play.”
Source: 6 NATIONS RUGBY