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In the 23 forwards there are five players who did not feature in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations earlier in the year, with Glasgow Warriors trio Richie Gray (lock), Rob Harley (back-row/lock) and Kebble selected alongside London Irish flanker Blair Cowan, who won his last Scotland cap in 2016 and earns his first call up under Townsend. 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! I really hope he has a couple big games for Edinburgh between now and the 6N and starts as first choice as he’s a great player and could lock down that shirt at least until the South Africans qualify. I think Scott has done enough do merit another chance, though Finn often plays better with another ball player outside him (like he did with Pete Horne at 12) so he could stick with Johnson. No Room for D. Taylor, M. Bennett or P.Horne in the center’s. I’ll be happy with 1 win, if we get beaten by better teams. Nairn got some game time early season, looked decent but hasn’t been seen near a Glasgow squad for yonks, maybe injured as well. Squad looks good overall. No need to register, buy now! Worrying trend of agreeing with everything you say developing for me Cam! That is where I think he’s made his biggest errors in the last 18 months. Hickey/van der Walt Whether that’s coaching, I don’t know. I Had expected Edinburgh to do well over the 6N but I hadn’t counted on loosing 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. Rugby is a full contact sport…its hugely taxing on the body to play with short duration recovery times. Other than that it’s as expected with some novelty Toonying for interest. Johnson/Harris: where’s the fun in that? Presumably Pyrgos is fulfilling the ‘game managing scrum-half’ role, but he can play quickly when it’s on – he has for Edinburgh this year and did for Glasgow (including in their glorious grand final defeat of Munster). Willemse Do you really mean ‘strongest ever’? Let Toony and Hogg sort it out between them.I think a bad choice of captain but I hope I am wrong.After all,I can afford to be wrong,What does it cost me to be wrong ! Leaves out the west coast Scots boys – Ried, Bennett, R.Gray and picks obscure foreigners instead. But something is lacking. Whilst Sutherland is on the comeback from injury I don’t think there is a big disparity in gametime between him or the other two looseheads this season. And for the love of god we need the defence to tighten up. 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’. As for Players taking responsibility, which players? 2020 Six Nations: round four fixtures, results, table. Gordy Reid and Bennett may consider themselves unlucky but Bennett in particular needs more time at a sustained level to show his excellence. Thomson 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. 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. Classic Walter Mitty. Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report. Ireland is a big test, but they seem to have gone with experience over all else (Sexton as captain even though he’s barely played?) Tendency to run up for the big hit and create the dog leg. He turned his back on England. ... Scotland 3rd Aug 2020. 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. Certainly the Exeter game was close to test match intensity and both had good games (one dodgy offload and bouncing balls aside). But out of favour. Get this right early and we could have something special that we have been lacking for many years for a centre partnership at international level. All that said, it is our defensive alignment and line speed which needs improving regardless of individuals. All playing very well though Johnson and Jones play regularly and might be the duo. In Review. There’s no doubting his talent or commitment but is he composed enough to captain? A number of previous squad stalwarts miss out, including the oft-debated Wilson and Horne, as well as Sam Skinner, Gordon Reid, Mark Bennett and Duncan Taylor. Toony will have done his part to hype a border brother to a few more years in the game and in the process snubbed a few others, in the ill-conceived belief they will welcome a telephone call from him, when he is ready . Could start Bradbury bring Blade off the bench kinda thing. At the minute every side bar Italy is a better side, IMO. To be fair, FF, that squad was populated with players who weren’t on form and/or didn’t have significant recent game-time under their belts. I’m always slightly concerned that we pick up injuries to Hogg and Russell in the first game of the six nations. Harris is adequate because of Cipriani. Richie Gray on his way back to Glasgow next season – hopefully back into the Scotland squad at some point too. I hope this squad is about Toonie building for 2023 and learning the value of picking on form. Suddenly it is all going our way. Mark Bennett should absolutely be in the squad to me. These games are often decided by kicking and Weir is top drawer. On Bennett’s Omission it’s great to see him playing regularly, fit and healthy but I still don’t believe he’s back to the level he was at in 2013 -2015, fingers crossed he can get there. News 20th May 2020. GT clearly has struggles in his management style….but then many do. 3rd December 2020. If he steps up and doesn’t let it affect his game great but I fear it will. Owens) and the remainder are a bunch of journeymen (e.g. 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. T he England team to tackle Scotland in Edinburgh has been announced. And of course, I hope Tandy is hammering them on defence. point to that level of actual achievement. 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. We will see I believe the real qualities of him as a coach if he has reviewed things correctly since our last few outings. Can you confirm? Toony worked the side weary before the RWC what would be the benefit for Bennett in that situation. His last cap came in the Cardiff drubbing of 2018. Price probably bought himself the 9 shirt. Scott and du Preez are rewarded for their fine form. Hutchinson was loaned to Bedford to sort his defence. My concern with Hutchison is how much mentally the 2 games that Northampton played against Leinster will affect him if he is in the mix for the Ireland game. Current bunch have great potential, but can’t (yet!) It’s an interesting selection. 1999 were Five Nations Champions. 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). He’s a class coach. The pundits say that’s all sorted now and he’s one of the best defenders in his league. Toonie has brought in form players over long-term injured players. 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. Hogg, Kinghorn*, Hutchinson, Scott, Graham, Russell, Horne, Dell, Brown, Nel, Gray, Toolis, Ritchie, Watson, Bradbury I think the Glasgow games against Exeter and Sale are really important here. If we can play as we did 18 months ago and play with less fear, more aggression and a semblance of defense then I think we could surprise people. Schoeman Might want to see a doctor about that, Fraser…! 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. Why should we give him the stability of a long term contract. 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. So we need an outside centre and right wing combo who can capitalise on that- Jones and Kinghorn for me. 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. 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. McCallum If he gets that right then I think we’ll do well. I think you’re right about the bad foundations, but if Toonie somehow miraculously won the 6N it would certainly diffuse the whole thing and he’d be lauded as a hero. For Scotland he needs some outstanding performances as he’s not had one For a while. However as that’s no fun the bbc had him fit in between Maitland and McGuigan so someone with an M. mmmm Mallinder??? Skinner will also presumably come in after he gets some game time. 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. Other criteria include the relative strength of each team, the margin of victory, and an allowance for home advantage. 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. 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. Sounds like Flockhart may be seen as a future 8…but again needs to fill out for that role. Bennett vs. Steyn or Harris is an interesting one: Bennett’s played on the wing before and he’s got the pace for it. He never sparkled in the World Cup. I think its a good selection. Six Nations 2020: Scotland team to face Wales What have we said about the teams? Playing Jones and Johnson together v Ireland will be like world cup deja vu. Fagerson definitely unlucky, although I haven’t seen what du Preez is doing so maybe it’s justified. Its a good point regarding injuries. It will be interesting if we play more pragmatic rugby, playing rugby further up the pitch and only forcing the play when the opportunities present themselves. Tom Gordon was born in New Zealand but qualifies through a grandparent and has represented Scotland at U20s and Club XV level already. Good squad. I don’t understand why we don’t use a 125kg lock who’s been a key player in the top team in the french league and who’s just at the prime age for a 2nd row forward. Hutchinson/Jones: all out attack but could leave holes. I’d only pick Huw jones at 13 if he’s been practicing picking up the ball whilst running! Will see how Hogg goes as captain but I have a few reservations. His presence, attitude, passion and energy are qualities which will influence others around him. 7 in squad for the 4 back 3 spots, plus a few centres who can cover the wing. Tough year coming. 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. Kunavula, Groom/Shiel Forwards (21)Jamie Bhatti, Allan Dell, Rory SutherlandFraser Brown, Stuart McInally, George TurnerSimon Berghan, Zander Fagerson, WP NelAlex Craig, Scott Cummings, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Ben ToolisMagnus Bradbury, Luke Crosbie, Cornell du Preez, Tom Gordon, Nick Haining, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Backs (17)George Horne, Ali Price, Henry PyrgosAdam Hastings, Finn RussellChris Harris, Rory Hutchinson, Sam Johnson, Huw Jones, Matt ScottDarcy Graham, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Kyle Steyn, Ratu TagiveStuart Hogg (capt), Blair Kinghorn. *Assuming that he’s now got over the jaw injury he sustained a couple of weeks ago. Ciccarelli. “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. Those that have missed out (Faegerson, R Gray etc) seem to have missed out due to injury rather than any bias as suggested by some posters. It’s a bit of a curate’s egg: good in places. – Bench is mainly about impact. Report 13th Mar 2020. Brown/McInally Maybe wrong but thought I heard Matt Fagerson has a broken rib which would explain his omission. I doubt we’ll get the decisiveness of that outcome though. 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. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. I hope we see a lot of continuity in selection, too. I do think we need the like of Crosbie, DuPreez & maybe even Scott to keep them honest & put them on the back foot. Fixtures, veunes and times for the Scotland National Rugby team with dates and times for the six nations 2020 games. The same Mark Dodson who brought Scottish Rugby into disrepute in Japan, so that the governing body was fined. 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. Toony has unfettered access to an injury free squad.It has got to be his best chance yet. On left wing Graham picks himself, always makes something happen. Scotland's greatest rugby union team: ... Last updated on 7 November 2020 7 November 2020. Shame that Fagerson’s out injured, but it’s positive that his exclusion isn’t down to soiling Toonie’s rug or something. Not good enough… getting on…and we need to find something better. Would like to see Scott and Hutchison but wouldn’t be surprised by Johnson and Jones either. Nice mix of freshness, form and experience. The whole Toony thing needs a defuse. Hutchinson is a different level in attack. 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