Ritchie to lead new-look 37-man Scotland squad for summer fixtures

Jamie Ritchie 26/3/2021
Interim head coach Mike Blair has named 17 uncapped players in a 37-man Scotland squad for their upcoming summer fixtures against England A, Romania and Georgia.

Interim head coach Mike Blair has named 17 uncapped players in a 37-man Scotland squad for their upcoming summer fixtures against England A, Romania and Georgia.

Luke Crosbie, Charlie Shiel (both Edinburgh), Rory Darge, Jamie Dobie, Rufus McLean, Ross Thompson, (all Glasgow Warriors) Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby) and Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) have all been selected having previously spent time in the Scotland camp.

They will be joined by fellow uncapped backs Sione Tuipulotu, Kiran McDonald, Cole Forbes (all Glasgow Warriors) and Jack Blain (Edinburgh), who have all been called up for the first time.

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Forwards Nick Auterac (Northampton Saints), Javan Sebastian (Scarlets), Robin Hislop (Doncaster Knights), Cameron Henderson (Leicester Tigers) and Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh) will also get their first taste of a senior international camp.

With eight Scottish players unavailable due to their selection for The British & Irish Lions, including regular skipper Stuart Hogg, the squad will be captained by Jamie Ritchie.

And Blair, who will oversee the group in the absence of Gregor Townsend due to his role as Lions assistant coach, wants to build on Scotland’s 2021 Guinness Six Nations campaign.

“We have selected a mix of genuine Test match experience and a number of players who have impressed in the recent past to warrant a place in a squad that will want to continue the positive progress we have built up on and off the pitch in recent months,” he said.

“England A, Romania and Georgia will each pose different and tough challenges and we will have to be operating at our best to enjoy success, continuing on from some promising performances during the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

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“With the next Rugby World Cup two years away this period gives us an opportunity to increase our depth in key positions and work with players who can put up their hands for international selection this summer, and beyond.”

In addition to the new faces, the squad also retains several experienced players, with no fewer than 20 having previously represented Scotland.

Six players – Blair Kinghorn, Matt Scott, Adam Hastings, Scott Cummings, Simon Berghan and Ritchie – have earned at least 20 caps to date.

The full group will convene on Tuesday 15 June to prepare for the England A fixture on Sunday 27 June, with a smaller squad then travelling to Romania and Georgia for the two Test matches on consecutive Saturdays, 10 and 17 July respectively.

Scotland Squad for 2021 summer series


Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) – Uncapped

Nick Auterac (Northampton Saints) – Uncapped

Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby) – Uncapped

Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – 31 caps

Jamie Bhatti (Bath Rugby) – 18 caps

Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby) – 14 caps

David Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps

Alex Craig (Gloucester Rugby) – 2 caps

Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby) – Uncapped

Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps

Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped

Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors – 13 caps

Cameron Henderson (Leicester Tigers) – Uncapped

Robin Hislop (Doncaster Knights) – Uncapped

Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh Rugby) – Uncapped

Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps

Kiran McDonald (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped

Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) CAPTAIN – 27 caps

Javan Sebastian (Scarlets) – Uncapped

Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 12 caps

Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps

George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps


Jack Blain (Edinburgh Rugby) – Uncapped

Jamie Dobie (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped

Cole Forbes (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped

Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 23 caps

George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps

Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 4 caps

Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) – 25 caps

James Lang (Harlequins) – 6 caps

Rufus McLean (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped

Matt Scott (Leicester Tigers) – 39 caps

Charlie Shiel (Edinburgh Rugby) – Uncapped

Scott Steele (London Irish) – 4 caps

Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap

Ross Thompson (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped

Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) – Uncapped