Saracens back-rower Andy Christie is joined by London Irish duo Ben White and Kyle Rowe, Glasgow’s Rory Darge and Edinburgh’s Ben Vellacott; Scotland begin their Six Nations campaign against England on February 5 at Murrayfield
Last Updated: 19/01/22 3:19pm
Gregor Townsend has named five uncapped players in Scotland’s 39-man squad for the Six Nations.
Saracens back-rower Andy Christie and London Irish scrum-half Ben White are two of the new faces in the pool.
Rory Darge, Ben Vellacott and Kyle Rowe are also rewarded with call-ups ahead of Scotland’s first game of the championship against England at Murrayfield on Saturday, February 5.
„When you look through the squad this is the most competitive I’ve seen it in so many areas and that’s testament to the strength and depth we have,“ Townsend said.
„We are able to call-up several new players into the squad such as Andy Christie, Kyle Rowe and Ben White. We have been aware of all of the uncapped players for a while now and recently they have all experienced a breakthrough in terms of their performances at club level.
„A key part of the squad selection was rewarding form and that definitely applies to Ben Vellacott and Rory Darge who have been excellent for their clubs this season.
Bath centre Cameron Redpath, who enjoyed a memorable debut against England last year, has recovered from injury and will once again be in contention ahead of the Six Nations opener.
„We’re delighted to be able to include Cameron Redpath in the squad after missing the last few months with injury,“ Townsend added. „He managed to get a game under his belt prior to the squad selection so we’ll see how he performs for Bath and in our training over the next couple of weeks.“
Ewan Ashman, Jamie Hodgson, Josh Bayliss, Javan Sebastian, Pierre Schoeman, Rufus McLean and Sione Tuipulotu, who all received their first Scotland caps in the recent autumn Tests, are included once again.
Elsewhere, there are call-ups for Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury and prop WP Nel, who missed out on selection for the Autumn Nations, as well as Exeter Chiefs lock Jonny Gray, who also returns.
Northampton centre Rory Hutchinson is included having not featured for Scotland in 2021.
Scotland 2022 Six Nations fixtures
|Saturday, February 5||England (H)||4.45pm|
|Saturday February 12||Wales (A)||2.15pm|
|Saturday, February 26||France (H)||2.15pm|
|Saturday, March 12||Italy (A)||2.15pm|
|Saturday, March 19||Ireland (A)||4.45pm|
Captain Stuart Hogg is joined by fellow British and Irish Lions Finn Russell, Ali Price, Zander Fagerson, Chris Harris, Rory Sutherland, Duhan van der Merwe and Hamish Watson.
Fraser Brown, Adam Hastings, Sean Maitland and George Horne are among the most notable omissions.
The squad will meet up at Oriam on Monday 24 January for a training camp before reconvening the following week ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash.
Forwards: Ewan Ashman, Josh Bayliss, Jamie Bhatti, Magnus Bradbury, Andy Christie, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Nick Haining, Jamie Hodgson, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Pierre Schoeman, Javan Sebastian, Sam Skinner, Rory Sutherland, George Turner, Hamish Watson
Backs: Mark Bennett, Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Stuart Hogg (captain), Rory Hutchinson, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Rufus McLean, Ali Price, Cameron Redpath, Kyle Rowe, Finn Russell, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, Ben Vellacott, Ben White