13 selected in 2022 Six Nations squad

13 selected in 2022 Six Nations squad

​Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named 13 Edinburgh Rugby players in his 39-man squad for the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, which begins with the Calcutta Cup clash against England at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 5 February.

Scrum-half Ben Vellacott is named in the Scotland squad for the first time; the former Scotland U20 star could potentially make first full international debut following an impressive run of form for the capital club.

In the backs, Darcy Graham and Blair Kinghorn are also selected, while centre Mark Bennett returns to the Scotland squad and is in line to earn his first cap since the 2018 Summer Tour.

Up front, WP Nel, Pierre Schoeman and Stuart McInally are all named in the squad, with Grant Gilchrist selected in the second row alongside Jamie Hodgson, having both recently penned new long-term deals with the club. Sam Skinner is also named in the squad; the versatile forward will move to the capital club from Exeter Chiefs in the summer.

Four players have been picked in the back row, with Nick Haining, Jamie Ritchie and 2021 Guinness Six Nations player of the tournament Hamish Watson selected. Magnus Bradbury’s excellent form for Edinburgh has been rewarded, with the back-rower joining his club colleagues in the national squad.

Mark Bennett returns to the Scotland squad and is in line to earn his first cap since the 2018 Summer Tour.

Speaking on the squad selection Gregor Townsend said: “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.

“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.

“We’re delighted to be able to include Cameron Redpath in the squad after missing the last few months with injury. 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.

“The Guinness Six Nations is the best competition we have in rugby so to be involved in it is a real privilege, especially starting with our oldest rivals in front of a sold-out home crowd.”


2022 Scotland Six Nations Squad

Forwards

Ewan Ashman - Sale Sharks – 2 caps
Josh Bayliss – Bath Rugby – 2 caps
Jamie Bhatti - Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps
Magnus Bradbury – Edinburgh Rugby – 14 caps
Andy Christie - Saracens – uncapped
Scott Cummings – Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps
Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 17 caps
Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 42 caps
Grant Gilchrist - Edinburgh Rugby – 48 caps
Jonny Gray - Exeter Chiefs – 64 caps
Nick Haining – Edinburgh Rugby – 10 caps
Jamie Hodgson - Edinburgh Rugby – 3 caps
Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 43 caps
WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby – 43 caps
Jamie Ritchie - Edinburgh Rugby – 31 caps
Pierre Schoeman - Edinburgh Rugby – 4 caps
Javan Sebastian – Scarlets – 1 cap
Sam Skinner – Exeter Chiefs – 15 caps
Rory Sutherland – Worcester Warriors – 16 caps
George Turner - Glasgow Warriors – 20 caps
Hamish Watson - Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps

Backs

Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby – 31 caps
Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs – 88 caps - Captain
Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints – 5 caps
Sam Johnson - Glasgow Warriors – 21 caps
Blair Kinghorn - Edinburgh Rugby – 28 caps
Rufus McLean - Glasgow Warriors – 2 caps
Ali Price - Glasgow Warriors – 46 caps
Cameron Redpath – Bath Rugby – 1 cap
Kyle Rowe – London Irish – uncapped
Finn Russell – Racing 92 – 58 caps
Kyle Steyn - Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps
Sione Tuipulotu- Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap
Duhan van der Merwe - Worcester Warriors – 13 caps
Ben Vellacott – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
Ben White – London Irish – uncapped


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