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Moriarty), but Gatland et al. McGuigan and Tagive but no Bennett? The whole Toony thing needs a defuse. Gray/Gilchrist While it could potentially bolster the professional side of the game, it is likely to undermine amateur club rugby which at present is supposed to run the SRU for the benefit of the whole sport. We will see if Matt Scott can finally repeat his club form on the international stage. Lee Jones hasn’t played for months. he has improved at every level he has played at. I Had expected Edinburgh to do well over the 6N but I hadn’t counted on loosing Best for defence maybe 1999 were Five Nations Champions. Willemse Pretty much any pairing works for me, I’d go for Scott and Hutchinson as they have great form, are both cutting great angles and offer mixed options for Finn to work with. Not sure it applies to Harris either. Might want to see a doctor about that, Fraser…! I remember during the 00s and early 10s looking at each of our published 6N training squads and just hoping for the best that the handful of proper Test standard players in there could carry the rest on their shoulders. Alternatively he could play Scott with Hutchison at 13 and the latter could come in as second receiver in some plays. It’s an interesting selection. “Given the lack of games since March, there will be opportunities for players out-with the squad to break into our group over the next few weeks, but for now the focus is on this group that will be in camp from tomorrow. Discover Scotland's Men's and Women's Squads, Sevens, Club XV and International Age Grades, great players from the past and Scottish players of the future. With Glasgow’s player management protocols hopefully he should be less injury-prone, too. Our role is to grow the game and inspire Scotland through rugby in line with our values of … Yes, other 6N sides have got better too in terms of player strength, but I don’t think we’re that far if at all behind the other home nations and France in terms of talent. I think we need more of a threat at 13 though. I wonder if he has learned from taking players from hospital beds in the hope they would play better than fit ones playing below form. Hogg Captain is a risk. More from the press-conference third hand: James Lang, Richie Gray, Blade also missing out through injury. Results have not been forthcoming, but “sack the coach” doesn’t identify what the issues really are…it could be any number of things. After such a poor year in 2019 anything will look better. Price probably bought himself the 9 shirt. So I’m optimistic. I do think we need the like of Crosbie, DuPreez & maybe even Scott to keep them honest & put them on the back foot. His last cap came in the Cardiff drubbing of 2018. This is near enough our best squad, with only as few reservations. But something is lacking. Wales : Gardner. We need to select a side that will front up and get stuck in. We may want the national team to perform well but such an outcome will only entrench Dodson. Farrell has rung the changes ahead of what will be Ireland's final Test match of 2020. England teams to face Scotland in the 2020 Six Nations: Our experts have selected their XVs for Calcutta Cup - and you can pick yours England opened their Six Nations with defeat in France. Official Guinness Six Nations section for the Scotland Rugby Team, including Fixtures, Results, Live Scores, Features and Latest News However as that’s no fun the bbc had him fit in between Maitland and McGuigan so someone with an M. mmmm Mallinder??? Bradbury/Crosbie Ratu Tagive? And he’s pretty accurate from the tee, an attribute that isn’t in great supply now that Greig has called it a day. Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report. I’d only pick Huw jones at 13 if he’s been practicing picking up the ball whilst running! As of 2 November 2020 , Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings. It’s ok, he is just keeping the spot warm for VDM later in the year! Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named a 40-man squad for the forthcoming autumn international matches, which include the conclusion of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations and newly launched Autumn Nations Cup. See the OffsideLine article linked somewhere above, Toony comments on the status of most of the missing big names and the new faces. Townsend just confirmed M Fagerson has a fractured rib which will keep him out for a few weeks. This ended up making us look slow and stodgy as well as underpowered. The referees for the 6N have been announced and we are at last getting decent referees. Well Richie Gray didnt and that is why he will never dawn the navy while Toony is the boss. Bhatti and Sutherland Six Nations Rugby Limited today confirmed that the Women’s & U20s 2021 Championships will not take place in the regular… Scotland Women 23rd Dec 2020 Easson named Scotland Women head … Scotland's greatest rugby union team: ... Last updated on 7 November 2020 7 November 2020. He’s the sort of player that can be relied upon to keep a cool head and close out a tight game, something that we’ve not always excelled at. Backs look good and we actually in a few positions have quality replacements not chosen. Willemse The pundits say that’s all sorted now and he’s one of the best defenders in his league. I think this is Townsend’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to succeed at this level. I think in recent weeks all have been solid defensively. We can put out a good 23 but a few unfortunately injuries and we start playing guys who’d never get a look in with our rivals. Ireland rarely had reason to fear Scotland on Joe Schmidt's watch. Richie Gray continues to be absent in what could well be his last chance to add to his caps while Sam Skinner is still on the comeback from injury and could well be involved later in the tournament. Now looking at this squad I’m not filled with confidence. Scotland Rugby team scheduled to face South Africa in 2020. Should Townsend fail this year, how many other last chances will he be given? © Copyright Scottish Rugby Union Limited 2021. There’s also a case for arguing that Duncan Weir deserves another chance (as back-up to Finn) on the basis of his form for Worcester over the last 18 months or so. I think Bennet is the form centre at present. Hogg ain’t no captain, doesn’t have the brains and reeks of handing it to the star player no matter how ill suited he is. That is where I think he’s made his biggest errors in the last 18 months. I will never get behind him but do accept the argument is not all one sided , thank you for your comments. I’d love nothing more than RG giving it it laldie all over the pitch,…, Scottie : I know you are just looking for a bit of fun, so here goes. Really worried about lack of players and back up on one side of the front 3 which could hurt us badly. Toonie has brought in form players over long-term injured players. Scarlets’ Blade Thompson (back-row) also re-joins the squad having last featured at Rugby World Cup 2019. Follow Rory on twitter @scotrugbyblog. https://www.theoffsideline.com/will-the-gregor-townsend-tombola-throw-up-any-surprise-winners-this-six-nations/, Podcast – Episode 138: Tainted By Association, Edinburgh v Glasgow – An Alternative View, Barclay & Paterson: Former captains discuss state of the nation, Heineken Champions Cup Preview: Sale Sharks v Edinburgh, Podcast: Christmas Special “Hams In The Ruck”. At last! Pretty much all been covered here already but this seems to be the best squad available at the moment. In Review. Ceciarelli has also been called up by Italy.13 from Glasgow – including their first and second choice hookers, scrum-halves and centres (at least while Huw Jones is in favour).1 from the Top14 in France.8 from the Gallagher Premiership, including 2 from Gloucester. 7 in squad for the 4 back 3 spots, plus a few centres who can cover the wing. Haining will be an interesting one. Kunavula, Groom/Shiel I’m not sure Hogg was predictable but the lack of threat at 12/13 was I think playing into the hands of defences allowing them to drift and close down space in the wider channels. At the minute every side bar Italy is a better side, IMO. Why should we give him the stability of a long term contract. so you never know, we might turn them over against expectations. Certainly the Exeter game was close to test match intensity and both had good games (one dodgy offload and bouncing balls aside). On the positive side, it’s good to see Matt Scott and Huw Jones back in the fold, but the omission of Mark Bennett and Gordy Reid makes little sense to me. Tom Gordon was born in New Zealand but qualifies through a grandparent and has represented Scotland at U20s and Club XV level already. He’s had few opportunities, I grant you, but he’s not set the heather ablaze when he’s had the chance, however limited that may have been. Attack wise the backline needs to be built around the most undefendable skillset of Russell: being the left to right miss-pass & the kickpass off the right foot. I think its a good selection. Nice mix of freshness, form and experience. If picked on form then difficult to see why Bennett left out + I’d have R Gray. Thought he looked decent. Kunavalu Anyway, Captain – Hogg is the most experienced in the group so can’t really argue against it even if he lacks any real captaincy experience. Beating Ireland or Wales would be brilliant , however as we are away from home, Toony will be granted one more year’s grace as we cannot ‘win on the road’. Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? I hope we see a lot of continuity in selection, too. I would say that both are aware that there is a lot of competition for the 12/13 shirts and they need to perform every week now. Toony worked the side weary before the RWC what would be the benefit for Bennett in that situation. Very pleased to see Toony going with form for this squad. Not too bad, I feel better about this squad than I would have thought last night. So we need an outside centre and right wing combo who can capitalise on that- Jones and Kinghorn for me. My heart would like to see him and Jones and think “eff it, just go for broke – they score 2 we score 3 (or 4, or 5)”. I’m comfortable that the three LHs picked are the best available (to my knowledge) but all three lack game time and it is definitely our weakest position. Appreciate could be Bagatelle or Steamroller either way but some real class in most positions. powered by HTML5, CSS3, love and odd-shaped rugby balls, Stuart Hogg - pic © Alastair Ross / Novantae Photography, Scotland 2020 Six Nations Squad Announced, The issue with Gray is that he’s perennially crocked surely? I assume its Townsend’s fault that we are struggling for LH props. Carmichael In the 17 backs selected there are returns for Harlequins centre James Lang, who last featured in the national side during the summer of 2018, as well as Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg and Edinburgh winger Damien Hoyland, alongside squad debutants van der Merwe and scrum-half Steele. One can only assume the bonus is attributable to meeting target indicators for financial performance since the playing performance across national teams has been poor for the period in question. This is going to be a hugely challenging season with our summer and autumn fixtures so we need to start with a good return in the 6N. Hoggy as captain is an interesting call, too. Subs: McInally, Sutherland, Fagerson, Cummings, Crosbie, Price, Hastings, Jones, – would have Maitland but Saracens gotta Saracens What needs to stop is the feeling we are beating ourselves. Haining maybe quite old to be getting his debut though he is a power player which is something we are always a bit short on. I’ve not been that impressed with Johnson at test level and our midfield in the RWC was very stodgy. Haining’s journey from the Western Force Academy, via Jersey Reds and Bristol, is an interesting one – he marked Sean Maitland on the wing during the Lions tour of 2013, having toyed with a switch to the centre. Thank you. Now the aging stalwart Twelvetrees is fit to start , it is bench time for Harris. The newly formed Autumn Nations Cup begins in November with Scotland in Pool B alongside France and Fiji who they will play at BT Murrayfield as well as an away test match against Italy. Mark Bennett should absolutely be in the squad to me. Hopefully whoever is picked in the team will rise to the occasion! I think the Glasgow games against Exeter and Sale are really important here. I’m sure he’s lost some pace. We’ve got what we’ve got. I’ll be happy with 1 win, if we get beaten by better teams. They’re taking our jobs, aided and abetted by Walter Mitty. France :Williams Good God…. We simply can’t play into their hands. Will see how Hogg goes as captain but I have a few reservations. Hogg, Kinghorn*, Hutchinson, Scott, Graham, Russell, Horne, Dell, Brown, Nel, Gray, Toolis, Ritchie, Watson, Bradbury Gregor Townsend has hailed Scotland’s growing depth after selecting the fifth fly-half of … Like Messi for Argentina. Squad looks good overall. option. Richie Gray on his way back to Glasgow next season – hopefully back into the Scotland squad at some point too. Let’s see what happens. There’s no doubting his talent or commitment but is he composed enough to captain? Other than that, no complaints; except Gordon Reid can count himself a little hard done-by, so I’m guessing he’s out of the squad for the same reason that Batman and Peter Horne are. Personally, I’d have included both Weir* and Hastings (who can cover both 10 and full back) and dispensed with either Tagive (unproven) or McGuigan (hasn’t cut the mustard at international level). As long as the ref understands that. Tough year coming. Scotland begin their autumn test matches at BT Murrayfield against Georgia on Friday 23 October before facing Wales in Llanelli on 31 October in the rescheduled 2020 Guinness Six Nations fixture. Read more information about browsers and how to upgrade yours. Most obviously it would seem all their tightheads are gone…, Schoeman I disagree – Harris has had quite a bit of opportunity now and whilst he is indeed playing well with Glaws, so are all the other 13s – two of who have stood out in the Test arena – Jones and Bennett. Only once in eight games did they taste defeat against them during the New Zealander's seven-year reign as Ireland head coach. Hutchinson was loaned to Bedford to sort his defence. Would like to see Scott and Hutchison but wouldn’t be surprised by Johnson and Jones either. DO YOU HEAR ME? However, its Toonies game plan which I hope has changed massively is what I am looking forward to. – Really gone off Gilchrist recently who’s been too ineffective for me. What would be the tipping point to his dismissal? Let’s face it, given all the disadvantages we face, 3 wins would again be an excellent return. Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell also joins the squad, with an opportunity to earn his 50th Scotland cap during the campaign. So let’s disagree on that. If he plays well, so does Scotland. Tendency to run up for the big hit and create the dog leg. A fair squad and it’s the first time we have just about all not just fit but match fit. I think there’s great options with our forwards, starting against Ireland, caveat injuries and coaching, but bulk and desire are there: My 1st 8 with their replacements, based on what I’ve seen season so far. The disclosure this week of Dodson’s eye-watering salary and bonus, particularly in comparison with the financial packages for other rugby governing bodies, is a blatant challenge to the sport in Scotland. Good squad. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. His time will come – and Glasgow could use him at the moment in any case. Scottish Rugby Blog Independent rugby writing since 2007. You think Raynal and Gauzere are brilliant? Incidentally this is a man who drops players from one game to the next, brings in long term injured players over fit capable players. I have pretty serious reservations about Hogg as captain. Look at Wales: They have a couple of world-class players (e.g. The six uncapped players include four new faces in Gloucester lock Alex Craig, Edinburgh’s Nick Haining and Glasgow players Tom Gordon and Ratu Tagive. Hopefully he has learned the lessons for the RWC and has taken council from his new recruits. Ritchie/Watson Ciccarelli. Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? All his players are fit so we should expect high things from Toony and Hogg. I think the key to the upcoming six nations is not so much about the squad selection rather how quickly the players selected can pick up the new defensive patterns under Steve Tandy. It’s a bit of a curate’s egg: good in places. All playing very well though Johnson and Jones play regularly and might be the duo. I hope Dunkie Taylor and Simmonds kick on as they are likely to be called up at some point. Gordy Reid and Bennett may consider themselves unlucky but Bennett in particular needs more time at a sustained level to show his excellence. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. Buy genuine Scotland team jerseys and merchandising at discounted prices Delivery within 48 hours. Brown/McInally “The squad we have selected is formed by the majority of the players we worked with in the Six Nations alongside players who have grabbed their opportunity in the past few weeks and have been in form for their respective teams. I haven’t seen or heard of Du Preez since he completely failed to turn up for a pumping a couple of years ago (think it was Wales if my memory serves) presumably he has come into some form? Well thought out comments. Hoyland/(possibly one of Graham/Kinghorn if Harris or Steyn makes the 23). The punch line will do. ... 2020 - 2:45pm . If he gets them playing on song we definitely have the players to hurt any team. Report 13th Mar 2020. His squad selection suggests to me he is at least trying to do that…whether its enough time will tell…and wether he has much more time will no doubt depend on this 6N. Du Preez has not started for Scotland since the near-miss in 2017 and will hope that he might get a couple more cracks at them this year. Could start Bradbury bring Blade off the bench kinda thing. Toony is not really a people person , is he ! — Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) January 15, 2020 Hogg is joined in the back-three by the likes of Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Kyle Steyn and Ratu Tagive – the latter two Glasgow Warriors both being included for the first time. Luke Crosbie and Kyle Steyn have made previous training squads but not a Scotland 23. Its a good point regarding injuries. I think a number of us having endured a very disappointing 2019 were awaiting the squad announcement with a little trepidation, but fair play to Toonie its one of his best overall selections since his time in charge. Up front Matt Fagerson fans may feel aggrieved as he and Blade Thomson miss out, and while you can argue about quality, the number 8 options picked ahead of him have been selected on form. But need a bit more solidity against Ireland so Scott gets in. How’s his current form? It’s not like there are many available wingers that have been left out that we can suggest instead. The official 2020-2021 Scottish Rugby Travel, Training and Leisure Collection from Macron was released in-store and online on Friday 21st of August 2020. Haining and Crosbie Update your browser to view this website correctly. Any news on Grigg and his injury? It wouldn’t quite be my preferred team; I’d pick Scott at 12 (though I’m not sure who I’d put outside him), Horne would be my starting scrum-half, and I’d go with Sutherland over Bhatti, and Haining over du Preez. But there are just as many who never took to Harris and still haven’t. All that said, it is our defensive alignment and line speed which needs improving regardless of individuals. You can dislike him but you can’t ignore that he has learned from that particular mistake. Hmm where did you read the list, on the bbc sport website it is out of order but on the SRU website it appears to be in it’s correct position so maybe just a typo by the bbc. Not many nail it. Any theories Matt Scott named out of alphabetical order? Scotland Six Nations Squad 2020 Ahead of the restart of the 2020 Six Nations Gregor Townsend has named his Autumn Scotland squad with several new faces and Finn Russell’s return. continuity yes Bazz but I question Johnsons’ and Harris’s confidence and mental focus. Scott/Harris: the solid (stodgy?) Scott hasn’t played outside Russell in years and has never partnered any of our 13 options. No Room for D. Taylor, M. Bennett or P.Horne in the center’s. Carmichael Squad rotation is essential when playing in compressed tournaments. If he steps up and doesn’t let it affect his game great but I fear it will. Get that sorted and we will compete. 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