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Scotland Rugby Squad Named For Autumn Internationals

Vern Cotter has this morning announced his squad to take on Australia, Argentina and Georgia in next month’s Autumn Internationals at Murrayfield and Rugby Park.

Cotter has chosen a strong squad thanks to few injuries

There are a total of nine changes from the squad that toured Japan in the summer, with uncapped Edinburgh prop Allan Dell coming in from the injured Willem Nell and Rory Sutherland.

The loss of Scotland’s MVP prop, and up and coming Sutherland will be a bitter blow, but there is good news with the return Zander Fagerson to shore up the front row.

It’s great news for the perennially injured Grant Gilchrist, who returns to fold following a terrible run of injuries.

Grant Gilchrist – They call him Mr Glass

In the backs on form Harelquin Tim Visser and Glasgow duo Finn Russell Alex Dunbar lend their talent to line, whilst Lamont, Jackson, Scott and Denton miss out. Many will be surprised by Scot not making the team, especially considering his rejuvenated form for Premiership side Gloucester.

Another surprise exclusion is the newly Scottish qualified Cornell du Preez who, alongside Nel, has been Edinburgh’s stand out player for the past few seasons.


[blockquote author=”Vern Cotter” pull=”normal”]“This is an important season for this group of players who are determined to be successful in a Scotland jersey, and have a clear will to win.”[/blockquote]

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Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped

Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 58 caps

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs) – 34 caps

Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps


Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 99 caps

Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps


Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps

Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps

Richie Gray (Toulouse) – 58 caps

Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps


John Barclay (Scarlets) – 52 caps

John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps

Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps

Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps

Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps

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Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester) – 53 caps

Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps


Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps

Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps


Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps

Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 18 caps

Huw Jones (Stormers) – 1 cap

Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 18 caps


Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps

Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 23 caps

Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 caps

Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 26 caps


Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 45 caps

What do you think of the squad selected? Let us know in the comments below.

Here’s what happened last time Scotland met Australia in October’s Rugby World Cup Quarter Final.


Credit: World Rugby

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    • Argentina is a game Scotland can win, they’re a good side but have been really undisciplined this year and that gives Scotland a good shot at beating them. Australia could go either way depending on what form the Wallabies show up in.

  1. We’re down to pretty much the bare bones thanks to injury situation at Glasgow & Edinburgh. Is what it is as others have said.
    Zander should do grand. He was part of pack that took apart the Leicester pack (albeit not one up to Martin Johnson & Co era standards)

  2. Shame about Nel
    Sure young Zander will step up, Bradbury should have got a shout; these games should open window of opportunity to blood the young lads. Glad to see Watson in taking a chance on Dickinson & Taylor, both fine players but will lack game time after injury which makes exclusion of Matt Scott bizarre !!! Kinghorn should have been invited to train with squad like Bradbury.

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