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Yes Gary Graham Neil, all day long. Its a good point regarding injuries. You think Raynal and Gauzere are brilliant? 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. I Had expected Edinburgh to do well over the 6N but I hadn’t counted on loosing Well thought out comments. Like Messi for Argentina. Townsend has selected one player less than last year in his forwards group, while taking one more winger and one less centre. Farrell has rung the changes ahead of what will be Ireland's final Test match of 2020. Not sure it applies to Harris either. Hoyland? If not then it’s going to be a loooooooong championship. Johnson/Harris: where’s the fun in that? I look forward to…. He seemed too distant from the action in the game vs. the USA, but you can’t question his commitment and I guess the VCs will be communicating with the referee as well. Hogg is not Irvine or Hastings, they were leaders in every side they played for. Suddenly it is all going our way. I personally think Maitland would have been an excellent captain (if his place in the team is guaranteed), as both a respected senior player and leader. We will see if Matt Scott can finally repeat his club form on the international stage. Scotland Rugby Union Team Fraser Brown and George Horne ruled out of Six Nations in further blows to Scotland and Warriors Glasgow's injury worries worsened on … There are whispers that he is injured, but Scotland don’t produce many specimens like him. Not sure about picking Steyn or Tagive and leaving people like Bennett at home, but I don’t have all the info on those two. 100% the biggest call he has to make! But yes, also concussion. The auld bull…, TENC, you have me all wrong. We have just appointed Hogg as captain, who admitted he spent his free time in Japan reading the Exeter play book. Scotland Autumn Nations Cup Squad 2020 After a disappointing World Cup, Scotland showed signs of progress in the Six Nations, beating France and Italy as well as … The men they’ve been left out in favour of, Chris Harris and Rory Sutherland, will undoubtedly try their hearts out but, alas, are found wanting at international level. Johnson/Jones: Club familiarity of combinations. DO YOU HEAR ME? We don’t need Hogg, Graham, Maitland, Kinghorn, Steyn, McGuigan AND Tagive, plus Harris, in the back three; I’d have chosen Bennett over one of them, most likely McGuigan or Tagive. Bennett unlucky but all the other centres deserve their places (including Harris apparently on club form but I’m still not convinced…). I’m disappointed to see Matt Fagerson miss out, though: I’m not sure Haining or du Preez have performed better, but presumably Toonie has a plan. Totally agree about coaching. WE ARE DOOMED! I think the Glasgow games against Exeter and Sale are really important here. Think we’ll still miss JG (and Nakarawa), but this signing does give me confidence. Toony has gone all-in with his squad selection and has it all to do to build a team able to restore national credibility after the RWC fiasco. – Really gone off Gilchrist recently who’s been too ineffective for me. 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. Not sure which criteria he’ll be or should be judged on though. His time will come – and Glasgow could use him at the moment in any case. Anyway If he’s rewarding form then fair enough. Well has GT realised that for Russell, Hogg, Jones to strut their stuff they need space & has picked exactly the type (DuPreez, Crosbie, Haining) who have the capability of knocking the opposition defence onto the back foot?? In each case he could have perhaps added an experienced head like Ryan Wilson or Pete Horne but clearly seems to be looking towards the future, with half an eye on who is in form. Could well fill the gap at 8…he sounds very keen to prove his metal at Int level. “There was a strong feeling that we were growing as a team during the Six Nations earlier this year, making progress from game-to-game as well as building closer bonds within the squad. Carmichael “Don’t think too many people can complain about it” might be the most optimistic comment I’ve ever seen on the blog ;). Scotland team to face Ireland in Autumn Nations Cup. Some other sample combos: Scott/Jones: see above, probably most similar style of 13 to Bennett for Scott to play off. I think its a good selection. Hopefully he has learned the lessons for the RWC and has taken council from his new recruits. Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? Hutchinson is a different level in attack. Haining/CDP. Who might this spot have been penciled in for? I hope the SRU have feelers our for a new coach as Toonie may not survive. So we need an outside centre and right wing combo who can capitalise on that- Jones and Kinghorn for me. It’s a squad I am not comfortable with, perhaps it’s the lack of old names, but then again the old names didn’t do much for us last year! McKenzie Toonie has brought in form players over long-term injured players. I hope Dunkie Taylor and Simmonds kick on as they are likely to be called up at some point. As for Players taking responsibility, which players? Gregor Townsend said: “We are very much looking forward to coming back together as a coaching and playing group after such an unprecedented and challenging period in our sport and across society in general. Cupboard looks pretty bare. Not many nail it. Hmmm we just sent our strongest ever squad to the World Cup and got humiliated. 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. he has improved at every level he has played at. Sorry but bit slow here … What do you mean by ‘Maitland won’t play against Ireland because of the whole Saracens training camps fiasco?’, See Toony’s comments here re Sarries and the schedule: https://www.theoffsideline.com/will-the-gregor-townsend-tombola-throw-up-any-surprise-winners-this-six-nations/. His barnstorming carries from Number 8 are why Scotland need him though. Hoggy as captain is an interesting call, too. Dalziel joins Scotland set-up as forwards coach. Haha. Follow Rory on twitter @scotrugbyblog. 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. Overall it does feel like quite a raw squad, but there is a freshness to it and some selections, like the excellent Rory Hutchinson or Tom Gordon point to the future under Townsend – or anyone else. 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’. My first look at this squad shows to me 16 players of genuine Test pedigree or real Test potential distributed throughout backs and forwards – a count unthinkable a decade ago. This is near enough our best squad, with only as few reservations. “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. There are recalls from the wilderness for Rory Sutherland, Matt Scott and Cornell du Preez. The pundits say that’s all sorted now and he’s one of the best defenders in his league. Find the perfect scotland rugby national team stock photo. I would much prefer a tight knit squad who get to know each other and the new coaches intimately over a large squad making up numbers. 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. 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. 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. But he’s still quick. Brown/McInally Best for defence maybe Willemse For backrow cover (assuming Ritchie, Watson and Bradbury start) I would have liked to have seen Fagerson (hopefully later in the tournament) but reckon Crosbie has got bags of potential. If Johnson and Jones play well and stay uninjured I think they will start as the six nations pairing. Excuses about “this is a young group, we’re still learning at this level” etc are not what we want to be falling back on come March. I haven’t seen Hutchinson play). Townsend has always been about fast rugby and lets face it we’re not going to beat Ireland by playing their game so let’s just pick a team to play our game rather than counteract the oppositions. Zander/WP Maybe Toony needs to change his plans, or maybe Tandy has the answer in defense, or maybe players need to be more aggressive/precise/calm..maybe it’s a systemic issue. Owens) and the remainder are a bunch of journeymen (e.g. A starting back row of Ritchie, Watson and Bradbury excites me but none of the other back rows do. Glad PHorne and Wilson no longer selected. Hutchinson is the bolter. Rennie will be delighted, Cockerill Fuming. A persistent problem for Blade. 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. Dell, Brown, Nel; Gilchrist, Gray; Ritchie, Watson; Bradbury Buy genuine Scotland team jerseys and merchandising at discounted prices Delivery within 48 hours. Sutherland/Dell (Bhatti needs development but got the raw material) Report 13th Mar 2020. The referees for the 6N have been announced and we are at last getting decent referees. So let’s disagree on that. Men’s and Women's World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a 'Points Exchange' system, where sides gain or lose points based on the match result. I hope we see a lot of continuity in selection, too. 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. So how has Ratu Tagive done, enough to be in the squad after what looks like only 10 appearances in 3 years? In that case why not just include Bennett? No need to register, buy now! Interesting, it seems the Tombola has returned. Skinner is a big absence but with no game time since pre-world cup it seems a sensible decision and I’m glad Toonie now admits fitness and form should be a much bigger consideration in picking a team/squad. Toony is not really a people person , is he ! I don’t watch the premiership and unfortunately missed Glasgow Exeter. Hoggy is captain material but I’m not a fan of backs as captain, especially a fullback miles away from the action. The former is perhaps down to lack of alternatives at loosehead but given his troubles with injuries since 2016 he should grasp the opportunity fully. Rugby News. I see the biggest challenge here is the coaching of each chosen 23 taking the field to profit from their own strengths, exploit opposition weaknesses and apply intelligent game management at all times, home or away and when on top or up against it. They’re all quality and in form. Certainly the Exeter game was close to test match intensity and both had good games (one dodgy offload and bouncing balls aside). Does the whole 2nd playmaker thing well which will complement Russell. Ireland : Raynal Playing Jones and Johnson together v Ireland will be like world cup deja vu. Hopefully whoever is picked in the team will rise to the occasion! All that said, it is our defensive alignment and line speed which needs improving regardless of individuals. McCallum Kunavula, Groom/Shiel SRU needs to focus on our props, seem to be fizzling out. Official Guinness Six Nations section for the Scotland Rugby Team, including Fixtures, Results, Live Scores, Features and Latest News Robbie Nairn? The big discussions for me are, obviously, who starts in the centre and who provides the backrow cover. The Dodson who 2 years ago was criticised by an employment tribunal over the SRU’s dismissal of the director domestic rugby. However, its Toonies game plan which I hope has changed massively is what I am looking forward to. 7 in squad for the 4 back 3 spots, plus a few centres who can cover the wing. I’m guessing that Maitland won’t play against Ireland because of the whole Saracens training camps fiasco (which is why Taylor is missing from the squad; I wonder who he’d have replaced (maybe Steyn or Tagive?)). These games are often decided by kicking and Weir is top drawer. I think this young squad could be really great, I just hope they just believe in themselves enough. This has got to be our best six nations ever. You can dislike him but you can’t ignore that he has learned from that particular mistake. I do not think it matters how many years contract we give Toony, it is not material. Tough year coming. point to that level of actual achievement. Scottish Rugby Blog Independent rugby writing since 2007. Our big big problem since Townsend arrived is a very leaky defence. He’s not flash but has improved each game he’s played at International level, to the stage some people on here actually liked him for a while! 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. The team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and participates in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. 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. We lack quality depth at LH, 8, and wing. I just don’t know that the calm, clear-headed authority and the ability to inspire those around him when backs are to the wall are really his strengths – Scottish legend level player that he is. Rory Sutherland hasn’t played enough test rugby for us to judge whether he’s been found wanting. 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. That would be my only concern. Ultimately, I think coaching is more important than personnel when it come to success at test level and we do have a squad just about good enough to compete for the title. Main problem during the world cup was the neuturing of our strengths in favour of perecived solidity and experience. Wales team to play Scotland | 2020 Six Nations. Would really like to see Sutherland step up… he has really underachieved at LH. I think its a good call. This site uses cookies to remember logged in users/commenters and for statistical analysis. Tags: Alex Craig, Cornell du Preez, Nick Haining, Ratu Tagive, Stuart Hogg, Tom Gordon, Rory is the editor of Scottish Rugby Blog, and has offered a fan's view on Scottish Rugby since founding the blog in 2007. Stuart Hogg will captain the 2020 Scotland Six Nations squad, leading the team into a hugely challenging year of fixtures that will make or break Gregor Townsend’s career as coach. Good squad. Price probably bought himself the 9 shirt. Leaves out the west coast Scots boys – Ried, Bennett, R.Gray and picks obscure foreigners instead. I’ll be happy with 1 win, if we get beaten by better teams. Since the squad size isn’t restricted as it was at the RWC, and others will probably be invited to train, we could theoretically name as many as we want. I’m pleased he’s cleared out Wilson and P Horne who just don’t quite have the ability to excel at international level consistently and he’s largely rewarded players in form. Scott and du Preez are rewarded for their fine form. I’m excited about Alex Craig. It started from a bad foundation IMO and as any builder will tell you , the more tiers you put on a bad foundation, the worse it gets . Mark Bennett should absolutely be in the squad to me. Shame that Fagerson’s out injured, but it’s positive that his exclusion isn’t down to soiling Toonie’s rug or something. Haining and Crosbie He really needs to have taken a few steps back after last years failures..listen to good advice from people that matter and make the changes needed. I want to see Hutchison given the chance. Lee Jones hasn’t played for months. 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. From what I’ve seen he’s been in incredible form for Northampton. Fagerson Im not sold on at test level…and definitely not at 8. I’d really want to see Scott and Hutchinson at 12/13 as I think they deserve it most but there’s a big lack of continuity and we need to have cohesion and make things as easy for Finn as possible. Hogg Captain is a risk. Six Nations 2020: Scotland team to face Wales What have we said about the teams? 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. To stop the drift we need a good straightener at 12 for the inside pass – Scott for me (Johnson fine too. We may want the national team to perform well but such an outcome will only entrench Dodson. Bhatti/Sutherland This is it , the stage is theirs. I will never get behind him but do accept the argument is not all one sided , thank you for your comments. 1999 were Five Nations Champions. Exactly sir, thinking about it – we try & play “rugby” , they defend high, restrict the space, employ the short kick (to tactically move Hogg into traffic) & simply don’t let us play. Get that sorted and we will compete. van der Merwe I felt for him during the world cup where to me he seemed distracted and lacked confidence. If picked on form then difficult to see why Bennett left out + I’d have R Gray. would have made Ritchie captain….Hogg is too mentally immature to be a captain. Scottish Rugby is the governing body for rugby union in Scotland. More from the press-conference third hand: James Lang, Richie Gray, Blade also missing out through injury. 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. We simply can’t play into their hands. Sarries players picked on that Sunday won’t make enough of the Scotland training sessions to be selected, seems to be the jist of it. 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