Townsend names five uncapped players to his 39-man Scotland roster

Gregor Townsend has named five uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland roster for the upcoming Guinness Six Nations, including Saracens, back rower Andy Christie and London Irish scrum half Ben White. Rory Darge, Ben Vellacott and Kyle Rowe are also awarded call-ups for Scotland’s first game against England on Saturday 5 February.

Representing Scotland at youth level, Christie played for the U16s, and the 22-year-old played with Saracens since 2018, becoming a prominent figure for the London side. White, 23, signed for Leicester Tigers’ London Irish last year and featured in their win over Edinburgh last weekend.

London Irish player Rowe is also named in the squad that impressed in the Premiership this season, notably scoring a hat-trick against Saracens and previously being a member of the Scotland 7s and U20s teams. Darge and Vellacott were selected for their consistently good performances at Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh respectively.

After his memorable debut against England last year, Cameron Redpath has recovered from injury in Bath and will be back in contention for the ix Nations opener. During the Autumn Nations Series, Ewan Ashman, Jamie Hodgson, Josh Bayliss, Javan Sebastian, Pierre Schoeman, Rufus McLean and Sione Tuipulotu all received their first Scotland caps and have been re-instated.

The squad will meet on Monday, January 24 in Oriam for a training camp before reuniting the following week for the Calcutta Cup game. Fresh off claiming first place on the all-time Scottish try-scoring list at the Autumn Nations Series, Stuart Hogg is once again his nation’s captain.

He is joined by fellow British and Irish Lions who add their experience to the squad in Finn Russell, Ali Price, Zander Fagerson, Chris Harris, Rory Sutherland, Duhan van der Merwe and Hamish Watson. Elsewhere, there are calls for Edinburgh’s back row Magnus Bradbury and prop WP Nel, who missed out on the roster for the Autumn Nations Series, as are the Exeter Chiefs locking up Jonny Gray, who is also returning.

Rory Hutchinson, the center of Northampton, also deserves a selection who did not play for Scotland in 2021. we have.

“We are able to call on several new players to the squad such as Andy Christie, Kyle Rowe and Ben White. We have known all the uncapped players for a while and recently all of them have had a breakthrough in terms of their performance A key part of the roster has been rewarding form and that certainly goes for Ben Vellacott and Rory Darge, who have been outstanding for their clubs this season.

“We are delighted to bring Cameron Redpath into the roster after missing out in recent months due to injury. He managed to get a game under his belt ahead of the squad so we’ll see how in the coming weeks He performs for Bath and in our training.”

SCOTLAND 2022 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS SQUAD
ahead:
Ewan Ashman – Sale Sharks – 2 caps
Josh Bayliss – Badrugby – 2 caps
Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps
Magnus Bradbury – Edinburgh Rugby – 14 caps
Andy Christie – Saracens – capless
Scott Cummings – Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps
Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 17 caps
Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 42 caps
Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – 48 caps
Jonny Gray – Exeter Chiefs – 64 caps
Nick Haining – Edinburgh Rugby – 10 caps
Jamie Hodgson – Edinburgh Rugby – 3 caps
Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 43 caps
WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby – 43 caps
Jamie Ritchie – Edinburgh Rugby – 31 caps
Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – 4 caps
Javan Sebastian – Scarlets – 1 pet
Sam Skinner – Exeter Chiefs – 15 caps
Rory Sutherland – Worcester Warriors – 16 caps
George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 20 caps
Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps

backs:
Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby – 31 caps
Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs – 88 caps – Captain
Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints – 5 caps
Sam Johnson – Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps
Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 28 caps
Rufus McLean – Glasgow Warriors – 2 caps
Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 46 caps
Cameron Redpath – Badrugby – 1 pet
Kyle Rowe – London Irish – uncapped
Finn Russell – Racing 92 – 58 caps
Kyle Steyn – Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps
Sione Tuipulotu- Glasgow Warriors- 1 cap
Duhan van der Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 13 caps
Ben Vellacott – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
Ben White – London Irish – uncapped

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