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. As results proved, it was too much for them to bear. McKenzie Glad PHorne and Wilson no longer selected. Why should we give him the stability of a long term contract. 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. The Dodson who 2 years ago was criticised by an employment tribunal over the SRU’s dismissal of the director domestic rugby. Ritchie/Watson How’s his current form? Up front Matt Fagerson fans may feel aggrieved as he and Blade Thomson miss out, and while you can argue about quality, the number 8 options picked ahead of him have been selected on form. Success or failure, it’s not all down to one man. Whether those 3 will play is interesting, personally I’d start Crosbie & certainly be considering Du Preez @ 8. I would still have risked it on Richie but I won’t complain about Hogg. Sounds like Flockhart may be seen as a future 8…but again needs to fill out for that role. I don’t think he’s any worse defensively, either. Reid, on the other hand, has done pretty well for Scotland when called upon. Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? Sign-up for our newsletter today to receive the latest updates, content and releases from Scottish Rugby. But he’s still quick. I think he should forget about the next world cup until the end of 2021. 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 ! What would be the tipping point to his dismissal? At last! 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. I actually prefer the look of this squad – lots of energy and snarl and strong form. 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. – Bench is mainly about impact. Who’s favourite to start at 12? Our centre problem has turned full circle and who do you play now at 12? I haven’t seen Hutchinson play). We can beat France at home, have done so in the last year, we are confident of taking England at home, it is the one side Toony has managed to sneer at. Racing 92 fly-half Finn Russell also joins the squad, with an opportunity to earn his 50th Scotland cap during the campaign. But out of favour. You can build some solid 23s out of that squad. I’ve always said Harris is a better player than he gets credit for, but Bennett is just class. Baggott/Dean (when fit)/Taylor There’s plenty of options with this group. Not sure which criteria he’ll be or should be judged on though. Toonie has brought in form players over long-term injured players. Skinner will also presumably come in after he gets some game time. Other criteria include the relative strength of each team, the margin of victory, and an allowance for home advantage. Thomson 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! Right now he should just try to put out the best team he’s got. Rory Sutherland hasn’t played enough test rugby for us to judge whether he’s been found wanting. Whether that’s coaching, I don’t know. he has improved at every level he has played at. 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. How exactly is Haining, Gordon and CdP better than Matt Fagerson? 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 … 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?) 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. Hogg Captain is a risk. Read more information about browsers and how to upgrade yours. Wales team to play Scotland | 2020 Six Nations. Hoggy is captain material but I’m not a fan of backs as captain, especially a fullback miles away from the action. Squad rotation is essential when playing in compressed tournaments. 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. I think the Glasgow games against Exeter and Sale are really important here. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. I would agree , Hogg is no captain but the alternatives are few. England : Gauzere 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. It’s a bit of a curate’s egg: good in places. T he England team to tackle Scotland in Edinburgh has been announced. Faletau), a solid number of very good players (e.g. Our aim is to keep this momentum going as we take on Georgia and Wales before competing in the Autumn Nations Cup in November. Not good enough… getting on…and we need to find something better. Leaves out the west coast Scots boys – Ried, Bennett, R.Gray and picks obscure foreigners instead. Any theories Matt Scott named out of alphabetical order? Playing Jones and Johnson together v Ireland will be like world cup deja vu. I hope Dunkie Taylor and Simmonds kick on as they are likely to be called up at some point. Barclay Interesting, Edinburgh Forwards; Bhatti, Sutherland, McInally, Nel, Bergan, Gilchrist, Toolis, Bradbury, Ritchie, Watson, Haining, Crosbie = 12. If he plays well, so does Scotland. 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. GTs position probably on the line in this 6N. Think it says more about our desperate lack of wingers than anything else. 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. Now looking at this squad I’m not filled with confidence. Look at Wales: They have a couple of world-class players (e.g. 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. What needs to stop is the feeling we are beating ourselves. This is it , the stage is theirs. I Had expected Edinburgh to do well over the 6N but I hadn’t counted on loosing Gray/Gilchrist I for one am glad Townsend hasn’t picked Pete Horne or Ryan Wilson – it shows he is looking more to the future. Berghan/Nel 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. Bradbury/Crosbie It’s not like there are many available wingers that have been left out that we can suggest instead. 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. He’s also scored more tries that those two this season and has a bit of ‘x-factor’ about him. Townsend has selected one player less than last yearin his forwards group, while taking one more winger and one less centre. © Copyright Scottish Rugby Union Limited 2021. Bennett is probably the unluckiest in the backs with a glut of 13s in fine form and Kyle Steyn offering further cover from the wing. I would also say that Steyn has a chance if those two start as he’s starting to tune in to them. Who might this spot have been penciled in for? But need a bit more solidity against Ireland so Scott gets in. I see Hogg as a decoy and support runner/controller…. Willemse 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. Well Richie Gray didnt and that is why he will never dawn the navy while Toony is the boss. Have only seen Harris picked at 13 this year. Should Townsend fail this year, how many other last chances will he be given? 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. Willemse Hogg, Kinghorn*, Hutchinson, Scott, Graham, Russell, Horne, Dell, Brown, Nel, Gray, Toolis, Ritchie, Watson, Bradbury 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. Haha. At the minute every side bar Italy is a better side, IMO. The pundits say that’s all sorted now and he’s one of the best defenders in his league. 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. I want him to focus on getting back to his best form (I read on here previously an opinion that he may have lost a yard of pace – which is something I had been worrying about for the last year or so – it would be devastating to his capabilities if so – anyone else got opinions on that? All progressed in the RWC, they all are ranked higher in the World Rankings. Tagive qualifies on residency and has impressed now he’s finally fit and playing for Glasgow. Scott hasn’t played outside Russell in years and has never partnered any of our 13 options. We will see if Matt Scott can finally repeat his club form on the international stage. He will eventually drift out of the Scotland squad. Hoyland is a very brave headless chicken, a few players in to train with the squad and being looked at for the future/emergency. All original content is ©2007–2021 Scottish Rugby Blog and the respective post author: strictly no reproduction of material without permission. Lee Jones? The modern game is slightly different relying as it does on being in the ref’s ear. Ratu Tagive? We fans accept the WR Ranking argument when it suits us, but do not consistently recognise it has any credibility, so what is better ? In Review. These games are often decided by kicking and Weir is top drawer. Is he or should he be a starter for Scotland?…probably not..centre is looking stronger again based on club form. https://www.theoffsideline.com/will-the-gregor-townsend-tombola-throw-up-any-surprise-winners-this-six-nations/, Podcast – Episode 138: Tainted By Association, Edinburgh v Glasgow – An Alternative View, Barclay & Paterson: Former captains discuss state of the nation, Heineken Champions Cup Preview: Sale Sharks v Edinburgh, Podcast: Christmas Special “Hams In The Ruck”. Scottish Rugby is the governing body for rugby union in Scotland. All in all pretty promising stuff, though the hope could all come crashing down after 5 minutes of the Ireland game! DVDM will no doubt play wing as soon as is qualified. So I’m optimistic. Toony has unfettered access to an injury free squad.It has got to be his best chance yet. 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. In view of our LH issues his selection makes perfect sense. Autumn Nations Cup match Italy vs Scotland (14 Nov 2020). Wales : Gardner. I hope we see a lot of continuity in selection, too. Haining’s journey from the Western Force Academy, via Jersey Reds and Bristol, is an interesting one – he marked Sean Maitland on the wing during the Lions tour of 2013, having toyed with a switch to the centre. I would be interested to see also a Scott and Hutchinson or Scott and Jones partnership. To stop the drift we need a good straightener at 12 for the inside pass – Scott for me (Johnson fine too. Hoyland? That isn’t good. Six Nations 2020: Scotland team to face Wales What have we said about the teams? Not too bad, I feel better about this squad than I would have thought last night. Hogg is not Irvine or Hastings, they were leaders in every side they played for. Dalziel joins Scotland set-up as forwards coach. option. As long as the ref understands that. Good squad. Hogg as captain is a gamble but little choice. 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! Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? All his players are fit so we should expect high things from Toony and Hogg. 16 from Edinburgh – including their top two tightheads, their first choice second row pairing and 2/3 of their starting back three. It will be great to see some familiar faces, welcome a few back into our squad and also introduce some new players to Test match rugby.". Maybe wrong but thought I heard Matt Fagerson has a broken rib which would explain his omission. For 2020/21, Scotland adopts a familiar look for the home shirt, with the navy blue shirt, white-collar, white and gold trim, white shorts and navy socks, while the alternate shirt reverts back to white, with the same gold trim as the home shirt. I want to see Hutchison given the chance. However as that’s no fun the bbc had him fit in between Maitland and McGuigan so someone with an M. mmmm Mallinder??? Can you confirm? Squad looks good overall. I would argue that there is a limitation of ability to see beyond the point with the way both players lack a perspective of edge that is needed and required at international level. Yeah from the comments Toony made in the press conference it sounded like Sutherland could start, at least its between him and Dell with Bhatti being third. Its a good point regarding injuries. As of 2 November 2020 , Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings. van der Merwe Yes Gary Graham Neil, all day long. 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. would have made Ritchie captain….Hogg is too mentally immature to be a captain. The rangy winger offers something different to the other options in the back three and is the most “Tombola” like selection. Otherwise….!! I think for the match 23 it largely still picks itself but will be great for the new boys to get some experience and act as injury cover. Anyway If he’s rewarding form then fair enough. Report 13th Mar 2020. You can dislike him but you can’t ignore that he has learned from that particular mistake. 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. Worrying trend of agreeing with everything you say developing for me Cam! Official page for the Scotland U20 featuring Fixtures & Results, Tournament Squad and Team Statistics. Gray and Cummings has the potential to be an excellent and athletic second row pairing. continuity yes Bazz but I question Johnsons’ and Harris’s confidence and mental focus. The Scottish Rugby Blog previews the rescheduled match between Wales and Scotland as the 2020 Six Nations finally comes to an end. From the section Scottish Rugby Finn Russell is back in the Scotland squad after clear-the-air talks with head coach Gregor Townsend Luke Crosbie and Kyle Steyn have made previous training squads but not a Scotland 23. Skinner presumably not picked as not fully fit yet – wonder if we will see him later on (and maybe a couple of others….). Hutchinson was loaned to Bedford to sort his defence. 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. I assume its Townsend’s fault that we are struggling for LH props. Other than that quite please with the squad, some players stinking it up because of lack of options – cough Pyrgos – but he’s picked on form. 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. Tough year coming. 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. I know that Johnson has had flashes of wonderful skill at international level. Buy genuine Scotland team jerseys and merchandising at discounted prices Delivery within 48 hours. Would like to see Scott and Hutchison but wouldn’t be surprised by Johnson and Jones either. DO YOU HEAR ME? Don’t think too many people can complain about it. 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. Mata, Bare bones…but you’d imagine we’d get some players released back who aren’t in the top 25/26 for a given 6Nations match…. 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). If he gets that right then I think we’ll do well. made them grand slam winners and got them to 4th in the RWC. On left wing Graham picks himself, always makes something happen. We’ve got what we’ve got. Get that sorted and we will compete. Fagerson Im not sold on at test level…and definitely not at 8. I haven’t seen or heard of Du Preez since he completely failed to turn up for a pumping a couple of years ago (think it was Wales if my memory serves) presumably he has come into some form? McCallum 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. I do think we need the like of Crosbie, DuPreez & maybe even Scott to keep them honest & put them on the back foot. Pretty much all been covered here already but this seems to be the best squad available at the moment. 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. Would really like to see Sutherland step up… he has really underachieved at LH. I do not think it matters how many years contract we give Toony, it is not material. Alan : What is win ? Kunavalu Glasgow Forwards; Brown, Z Fag, Gray, Cummings, Gordon,Turner. Then the question about who has been left out and why doesn’t even arise. Put someone who is going to attack the line at 13 (and 12 too, maybe!) “Don’t think too many people can complain about it” might be the most optimistic comment I’ve ever seen on the blog ;). His last cap came in the Cardiff drubbing of 2018. I think its a good call. Players also responsible here. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. I think this is Townsend’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to succeed at this level. Backs look good and we actually in a few positions have quality replacements not chosen. Now the aging stalwart Twelvetrees is fit to start , it is bench time for Harris. – Really gone off Gilchrist recently who’s been too ineffective for me. Mata, Cherry/Fenton McCallum 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). the team is never settled so there is no accountability just threat and fear to motivate. This ended up making us look slow and stodgy as well as underpowered. I doubt we’ll get the decisiveness of that outcome though. 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. 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. 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. Ed Hepworth appointed CFO of Six Nations Rugby. Italy : O’Keeffe Hastings (senior) captained Scotland and Lions pretty well from full back. Alternatively he could play Scott with Hutchison at 13 and the latter could come in as second receiver in some plays. Especially at international level. 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. Hmmm we just sent our strongest ever squad to the World Cup and got humiliated. Fairly balanced but Johnson has perhaps the least form aside from a great game against Exeter. 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. Only once in eight games did they taste defeat against them during the New Zealander's seven-year reign as Ireland head coach. After such a poor year in 2019 anything will look better. Harris on the bench probably gives the most options. Farrell has rung the changes ahead of what will be Ireland's final Test match of 2020. I hope this squad is about Toonie building for 2023 and learning the value of picking on form. 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. Cummings/Craig If not then it’s going to be a loooooooong championship. Subs: McInally, Sutherland, Fagerson, Cummings, Crosbie, Price, Hastings, Jones, – would have Maitland but Saracens gotta Saracens I think Bennet is the form centre at present. Some other sample combos: Scott/Jones: see above, probably most similar style of 13 to Bennett for Scott to play off. Think we’ll still miss JG (and Nakarawa), but this signing does give me confidence. Like Messi for Argentina. Moriarty), but Gatland et al. 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. All that said, it is our defensive alignment and line speed which needs improving regardless of individuals. Follow Rory on twitter @scotrugbyblog. = 6, No Room for M. Fag or Wilson? Bennett is better than Harris and always will be, but Toonie can never admit he is wrong. This has got to be our best six nations ever. If anyone knows how Scotland feel going to Wales this weekend having not won there for 18 years, it is John Rutherford. He also became a touch predictable, and maybe now we can see more variety bringing people, like Tagive or Steyn into the mix. Scott/Harris: the solid (stodgy?) Bennett vs. Steyn or Harris is an interesting one: Bennett’s played on the wing before and he’s got the pace for it. — Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) November 11, 2020 In the back-line Head Coach Gregor Townsend makes three changes from the recent win in Wales with Worcester Warriors stand-off Duncan Weir winning his 29th cap for Scotland and joined in the half-backs by fellow Warrior, Glasgow’s Ali Price. 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. Carmichael Hutchinson is the bolter. Ireland rarely had reason to fear Scotland on Joe Schmidt's watch. 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. He does, from a distance, seem to struggle with player relationships…and accepting when his methods and selections failed. 3 or 4 people, presumably, would need to be crocked before Tagive actually makes the 23. If he steps up and doesn’t let it affect his game great but I fear it will. There’s no doubting his talent or commitment but is he composed enough to captain? I think this young squad could be really great, I just hope they just believe in themselves enough. 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. The whole Toony thing needs a defuse. Win the Grand Slam or win three games ? 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. And for the love of god we need the defence to tighten up. Schoeman So let’s disagree on that. Ireland are looking to make a statement after a drab 23-10 win against Georgia against a Scottish side that has won five of its last six games. Results have not been forthcoming, but “sack the coach” doesn’t identify what the issues really are…it could be any number of things. But there are just as many who never took to Harris and still haven’t. We need to select a side that will front up and get stuck in. He turned his back on England.

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