Nine named in Calcutta Cup side

Nine named in Calcutta Cup side

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named nine Edinburgh Rugby players in his 23-man squad for Scotland's Guinness Six Nations opener against England (Saturday 5 February, 4.45pm kick-off) at BT Murrayfield.

Scotland will be looking to retain the Calcutta Cup when they play host to England on Saturday, and Townsend has selected nine Edinburgh players for the clash, with Jamie Ritchie named as Scotland vice-captain.

Darcy Graham earns a starting berth on the right wing, rewarding his sparkling club form.

Club co-captain Grant Gilchrist starts at lock, with flanker duo of Ritchie and Hamish Watson lining up at six and seven respectively.

Townsend has picked a full Edinburgh replacement front-row; Pierre Schoeman and WP Nel selected at prop, with Stuart McInally set to come off the bench at hooker.

Magnus Bradbury is in line to make his first cap since 2020, while Blair Kinghorn could add to his 28 Scotland appearances from the bench. Incoming summer signing Sam Skinner is contention to make an appearance, the versatile forward also named amongst the replacements.

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend said: “We feel privileged to be involved in the oldest international rugby fixture on Saturday, against our nearest rivals.

“We are aware of how much winning at Twickenham boosted the spirits of our supporters at the start of last year’s tournament, and we’re looking forward to playing in front of them in person this year.

“We are under no illusions on the tough challenge we have ahead of us against an England side who defeated the World Champions in their last outing.

“The starting 15 we have named has a consistent feel to it which is great for cohesion but we will also benefit from returning players such as Jonny Gray and Rory Sutherland who have been important players for us in recent seasons.

“Ben White has been in very good form for London Irish and has trained well in the last two weeks, so can approach his first involvement at Test level with real confidence.”

Scotland team to face England in the 2022 Guinness Six Nations at BT Murrayfield, live on BBC One, Saturday, 5 February – kick-off 4.45pm.

15. Stuart Hogg - Exeter Chiefs - (Captain) - 88 caps
14. Darcy Graham - Edinburgh Rugby - 22 caps
13. Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby - 31 caps
12. Sam Johnson - Glasgow Warriors - 21 caps
11. Duhan van der Merwe - Worcester Warriors - 13 caps

10. Finn Russell - Racing 92 - (Vice-Captain) - 58 caps
9. Ali Price - Glasgow Warriors - 46 caps

1. Rory Sutherland - Worcester Warriors - 16 caps
2. George Turner - Glasgow Warriors - 20 caps
3. Zander Fagerson - Glasgow Warriors - 42 caps
4. Jonny Gray - Exeter Chiefs - 64 caps
5. Grant Gilchrist - Edinburgh Rugby - 48 caps
6. Jamie Ritchie - Edinburgh Rugby - (Vice-Captain) - 31 caps
7. Hamish Watson - Edinburgh Rugby - 45 caps
8. Matt Fagerson - Glasgow Warriors - 17 caps

Replacements

16. Stuart McInally - Edinburgh Rugby - 43 caps
17. Pierre Schoeman - Edinburgh Rugby - 4 caps
18. WP Nel - Edinburgh Rugby - 43 caps
19. Sam Skinner - Exeter Chiefs - 15 caps
20. Magnus Bradbury - Edinburgh Rugby - 14 caps
21. Ben White - London Irish - Uncapped
22 Blair Kinghorn - Edinburgh Rugby - 28 caps
23 Sione Tuipulotu - Glasgow Warriors - 1 cap

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