It’s not like there are many available wingers that have been left out that we can suggest instead. Gray and Cummings has the potential to be an excellent and athletic second row pairing. 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 have to say I am a little bit dissappointed in some ways as there seems to be quite a lot of developmental inclusions which I feel a bit (world cup cycle)ish. What has he ever actually done on the pitch? 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. 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)”. The same Mark Dodson who brought Scottish Rugby into disrepute in Japan, so that the governing body was fined. We’ve got what we’ve got. Hutchinson is the bolter. Can you confirm? With Glasgow’s player management protocols hopefully he should be less injury-prone, too. Carmichael I’ve only seen highlights which tend to show what he does in attack! His presence, attitude, passion and energy are qualities which will influence others around him. Whether that is due to him being closely marked allowing others to flourish or other reasons I’m unsure. Suddenly it is all going our way. 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. Backs I’m pretty happy with, Mark Bennett must be pretty unlucky as what I’ve seen of him he looks in decent form although perhaps not quite at his excellent best. I for one am glad Townsend hasn’t picked Pete Horne or Ryan Wilson – it shows he is looking more to the future. Hoyland is a very brave headless chicken, a few players in to train with the squad and being looked at for the future/emergency. The pundits say that’s all sorted now and he’s one of the best defenders in his league. Well, not quite unfettered, or he wouldn’t be complaining about Sarries’ schedule. The punch line will do. 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. I felt for him during the world cup where to me he seemed distracted and lacked confidence. Backs look good and we actually in a few positions have quality replacements not chosen. Folks if you can keep the Dodson chat to a minimum here please as this post is for discussion of the Scotland squad, we’ll be discussing on the podcast tonight so your thoughts on the matter will be welcome on that post when it appears later this evening/tomorrow morning. © Copyright Scottish Rugby Union Limited 2021. Farrell has rung the changes ahead of what will be Ireland's final Test match of 2020. Moriarty), but Gatland et al. Interesting, Edinburgh Forwards; Bhatti, Sutherland, McInally, Nel, Bergan, Gilchrist, Toolis, Bradbury, Ritchie, Watson, Haining, Crosbie = 12. The Super 6, sold as a means to bridge the gap between top level club rugby and the professional arm of the sport, will take some years to bed in. A persistent problem for Blade. 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. I don’t think any of us are under the illusion that Tagive or Steyn for example will feature on match day so no harm in having there initially when the pro-teams are not active. Think we’ll still miss JG (and Nakarawa), but this signing does give me confidence. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Leaves out the west coast Scots boys – Ried, Bennett, R.Gray and picks obscure foreigners instead. I don’t watch the premiership and unfortunately missed Glasgow Exeter. I’ve not been that impressed with Johnson at test level and our midfield in the RWC was very stodgy. Sounds like Flockhart may be seen as a future 8…but again needs to fill out for that role. The SRU (presumably…) have reviewed 2019, and have acted. For an optimal reading experience we recommend a modern browser | Only once in eight games did they taste defeat against them during the New Zealander's seven-year reign as Ireland head coach. Fagerson definitely unlucky, although I haven’t seen what du Preez is doing so maybe it’s justified. Ratu Tagive? Will see how Hogg goes as captain but I have a few reservations. Our centre problem has turned full circle and who do you play now at 12? Would really like to see Sutherland step up… he has really underachieved at LH. 3 or 4 people, presumably, would need to be crocked before Tagive actually makes the 23. 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. 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. Fagerson Im not sold on at test level…and definitely not at 8. option. Hoyland? 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. So the coaching is critical, and this 6N will be a huge challenge for Toonie and his supporters, a bigger challenge than he faced in the 18 and 19 6Ns when he was still coming to terms with coaching at international level. 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 … More from the press-conference third hand: James Lang, Richie Gray, Blade also missing out through injury. Willemse Scottish Rugby Blog Independent rugby writing since 2007. Haining and Crosbie Robbie Nairn? Good squad. The modern game is slightly different relying as it does on being in the ref’s ear. 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. We have just appointed Hogg as captain, who admitted he spent his free time in Japan reading the Exeter play book. 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. This is it , the stage is theirs. I’d only pick Huw jones at 13 if he’s been practicing picking up the ball whilst running! Like Messi for Argentina. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. Sutherland/Dell (Bhatti needs development but got the raw material) Very pleased to see Toony going with form for this squad. Squad looks good overall. 100% the biggest call he has to make! 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. If we can get our defence sorted and keep our attacking patterns then we might be able to do something positive. 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. You lot have all resigned yourself to 2 more years of Townsend.I wish we woukd just man up and do it. So we need an outside centre and right wing combo who can capitalise on that- Jones and Kinghorn for me. 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 the Glasgow games against Exeter and Sale are really important here. This ended up making us look slow and stodgy as well as underpowered. Kunavula, Groom/Shiel Read more information about browsers and how to upgrade yours. Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? 2020 Six Nations: round four fixtures, results, table. Would like to see Scott and Hutchison but wouldn’t be surprised by Johnson and Jones either. 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. Kunavalu Don’t think too many people can complain about it. The auld bull…, TENC, you have me all wrong. Alternatively he could play Scott with Hutchison at 13 and the latter could come in as second receiver in some plays. Win the Grand Slam or win three games ? Skinner will also presumably come in after he gets some game time. These games are often decided by kicking and Weir is top drawer. I think we need more of a threat at 13 though. so you never know, we might turn them over against expectations. It’s ok, he is just keeping the spot warm for VDM later in the year! He’s also scored more tries that those two this season and has a bit of ‘x-factor’ about him. Hogg is our “identity player” & known to Ref’s so should have their respect – he is know to some for other reasons as well though! 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. point to that level of actual achievement. WE ARE DOOMED! the team is never settled so there is no accountability just threat and fear to motivate. 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. His time will come – and Glasgow could use him at the moment in any case. Ireland : Raynal I’ll be happy with 1 win, if we get beaten by better teams. A starting back row of Ritchie, Watson and Bradbury excites me but none of the other back rows do. If not then it’s going to be a loooooooong championship. Is that a lesson a Senior Coach needs to learn, is that not obvious? Bennett would be in for me personally but probably wouldn’t be in the 23 anyway so not too fussed. Can Edinburgh even name a pack with 13 out? 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. 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 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. I doubt we’ll get the decisiveness of that outcome though. 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. A number of players picked on form and a few new guys is no bad thing. There’s no doubting his talent or commitment but is he composed enough to captain? If picked on form then difficult to see why Bennett left out + I’d have R Gray. They ket will be whether Toonie can select a match day 23 based on form and player playing in their best positions. I see Hogg as a decoy and support runner/controller…. Hutchinson was loaned to Bedford to sort his defence. Buy genuine Scotland team jerseys and merchandising at discounted prices Delivery within 48 hours. France :Williams 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. Scottish National Rugby team jerseys from the outlet store. At the minute every side bar Italy is a better side, IMO. Glad PHorne and Wilson no longer selected. In that case why not just include Bennett? Hogg is worth a try , it might just work out, everyone else has already had a shot, and no one stands out , even Hogg, but for whatever reason (it is not that relevant) , he never got another chance till now, what has changed would be my challenge! 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’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. I think in recent weeks all have been solid defensively. would have made Ritchie captain….Hogg is too mentally immature to be a captain. Sign up for a Scotland 2020/21 Membership and support the game and Scotland to a level which suits you. Schoeman Scott/Harris: the solid (stodgy?) 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. The team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and participates in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. We fans accept the WR Ranking argument when it suits us, but do not consistently recognise it has any credibility, so what is better ? 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. The referees for the 6N have been announced and we are at last getting decent referees. He’s a class coach. The big discussions for me are, obviously, who starts in the centre and who provides the backrow cover. Bennett (who should be there)/Johnstone But need a bit more solidity against Ireland so Scott gets in. Tendency to run up for the big hit and create the dog leg. My point is that the emotion of “sack the coach!” is not helpful. You really should be considering him. But something is lacking. Scarlets’ Blade Thompson (back-row) also re-joins the squad having last featured at Rugby World Cup 2019. However as that’s no fun the bbc had him fit in between Maitland and McGuigan so someone with an M. mmmm Mallinder??? I’m always slightly concerned that we pick up injuries to Hogg and Russell in the first game of the six nations. Ireland rarely had reason to fear Scotland on Joe Schmidt's watch. 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! Bennett is better than Harris and always will be, but Toonie can never admit he is wrong. Do you really mean ‘strongest ever’? Not many nail it. Reid, on the other hand, has done pretty well for Scotland when called upon. I hope the SRU have feelers our for a new coach as Toonie may not survive. Autumn Nations Cup match Italy vs Scotland (14 Nov 2020). So who knows much about Alex Craig’s style of play..? 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. 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. News 20th May 2020. Not going to lie I was more than a bit worried about the squad announcement, but I’m pretty excited about the team combinations that can made there and Hoggy as captain. Hastings (senior) captained Scotland and Lions pretty well from full back. Best for defence maybe 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. Add Kebble & VDM to the mix & we are certainly looking stronger. All progressed in the RWC, they all are ranked higher in the World Rankings. I’ve always said Harris is a better player than he gets credit for, but Bennett is just class. I haven’t seen Hutchinson play). What would be the tipping point to his dismissal? 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. Tough year coming. You can build some solid 23s out of that squad. Which is why I think we should stick with Johnson who has found some form again at Glasgow and offers continuity both with Finn on his inside and either Harris or Jones outside him (WC, and club level respectively). 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