Gilchrist to captain Scotland on summer tour 

Grant Gilchrist
Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland this summer as Gregor Townsend has announced a 40-man squad to take on Chile and Argentina.

Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland this summer as Gregor Townsend has announced a 40-man squad to take on Chile and Argentina.

Gilchrist will captain his country for the first time since 2018, after reaching his 50th cap in the defeat to Wales in the Guinness Six Nations in February.

Scotland ‘A’ face Chile on Saturday 25 June, before Scotland embark on a three-Test series against Argentina on Saturday 2, 9 and 16 July.

There are six uncapped players in the squad, with a trio from Edinburgh, Ben Muncaster, Glen Young and Matt Currie, London Irish’s Kyle Rowe and two Glasgow Warriors players Murphy Walker and Ollie Smith searching for their first Scotland caps.

There is a return to the squad for Scott Cummings, Rory Darge and Matt Fagerson after being ruled out through injury, while Rory Sutherland, Jamie Bhatti and Jonny Gray also return after missing the bulk of the Guinness Six Nations.

British & Irish Lions quartet Ali Price, Duhan van der Merwe, Zander Fagerson and Hamish Watson are all included, with Watson set to make his 50th Scottish appearance.

Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson have both excelled in the Gallagher Premiership for Harlequins and Northampton Saints respectively and are both recalled, while Saracens’ back rower Andy Christie retains his place after making his debut against France during the 2022 Championship.

George Horne, who scored a brace last time Scotland travelled to Argentina in a 44-15 win in 2018, is joined by Damian Hoyland in returning to the squad after missing the Guinness Six Nations.

Regular captain Stuart Hogg and senior players Finn Russell and Chris Harris are rested while Jamie Ritchie has not yet recovered from injury.

Scotland squad for summer tour to Chile and Argentina

Forwards: Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) – 2 caps, Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps, Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby) – 18 caps, Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps, Andy Christie (Saracens) – 1 cap, Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap, Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps, Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps, Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps, Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 47 caps, Grant Gilchrist (Captain) (Edinburgh Rugby) – 53 caps, Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 67 caps, Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps, Ben Muncaster (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped, Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps, Javan Sebastian (Scarlets) – 1 cap, Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 20 caps, Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors) – 18 caps, George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps, Murphy Walker (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped, Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 49 caps, Glen Young (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped

Backs: Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby) – 24 caps, Matt Currie (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped, Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) – 27 caps, Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby) – 26 caps, George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps, Damian Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 4 caps, Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – 5 caps, Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps, Huw Jones (Harlequins) – 31 caps, Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) – 31 caps, Rufus McLean (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps, Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 51 caps, Kyle Rowe (London Irish) – uncapped, Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped, Ross Thompson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap, Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps, Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors) – 16 caps, Ben White (London Irish) – 4 caps

Scotland Summer Tour 2022 fixtures:

Saturday 25 June: Chile v Scotland A (Estadio Santa Laura Universidad) KO: 9pm (live on Premier Sports)

Saturday 2 July: Argentina v Scotland (Estadio 23 de Agosto) KO: 8.10pm (live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 9 July: Argentina v Scotland (Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena) KO: 8.10pm (live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 16 July: Argentina v Scotland (Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades) KO: 8.10pm (live on Sky Sports)