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Its going to say a lot for Hoggy’s maturity and patience come the moment when under pressure and we’re chasing a game. It will be interesting if we play more pragmatic rugby, playing rugby further up the pitch and only forcing the play when the opportunities present themselves. Only once in eight games did they taste defeat against them during the New Zealander's seven-year reign as Ireland head coach. I felt for him during the world cup where to me he seemed distracted and lacked confidence. ... Scotland 3rd Aug 2020. Might want to see a doctor about that, Fraser…! Mackenzie I just don’t know that the calm, clear-headed authority and the ability to inspire those around him when backs are to the wall are really his strengths – Scottish legend level player that he is. Who’s favourite to start at 12? I remember during the 00s and early 10s looking at each of our published 6N training squads and just hoping for the best that the handful of proper Test standard players in there could carry the rest on their shoulders. But yes, also concussion. From what I’ve seen he’s been in incredible form for Northampton. You really should be considering him. Tendency to run up for the big hit and create the dog leg. He never sparkled in the World Cup. Don’t think too many people can complain about it. He’s a class coach. Good squad. I’m always slightly concerned that we pick up injuries to Hogg and Russell in the first game of the six nations. I’ve always said Harris is a better player than he gets credit for, but Bennett is just class. Farndale/Sau As of 2 November 2020 , Scotland are 7th in the World Rugby Rankings. When Toonie was getting sparkling performances out of the likes of Darryl Margo it looked like he had the magic touch – we need to see Scotland highly competitive in every game and confident in what they’re doing. There’s plenty of options with this group. Reid, on the other hand, has done pretty well for Scotland when called upon. Men’s and Women's World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a 'Points Exchange' system, where sides gain or lose points based on the match result. Scottish Rugby today announced two key appointments to the Scotland coaching team ahead of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. I have pretty serious reservations about Hogg as captain. The former is perhaps down to lack of alternatives at loosehead but given his troubles with injuries since 2016 he should grasp the opportunity fully. I’d only pick Huw jones at 13 if he’s been practicing picking up the ball whilst running! Win the Grand Slam or win three games ? Alternatively he could play Scott with Hutchison at 13 and the latter could come in as second receiver in some plays. Scarlets’ Blade Thompson (back-row) also re-joins the squad having last featured at Rugby World Cup 2019. I personally think Maitland would have been an excellent captain (if his place in the team is guaranteed), as both a respected senior player and leader. Is that a lesson a Senior Coach needs to learn, is that not obvious? I really hope he has a couple big games for Edinburgh between now and the 6N and starts as first choice as he’s a great player and could lock down that shirt at least until the South Africans qualify. Townsend has always been about fast rugby and lets face it we’re not going to beat Ireland by playing their game so let’s just pick a team to play our game rather than counteract the oppositions. Ratu Tagive? This ended up making us look slow and stodgy as well as underpowered. This is going to be a hugely challenging season with our summer and autumn fixtures so we need to start with a good return in the 6N. Those that have missed out (Faegerson, R Gray etc) seem to have missed out due to injury rather than any bias as suggested by some posters. But out of favour. Why should we give him the stability of a long term contract. On left wing Graham picks himself, always makes something happen. The Scotland national rugby union team represents Scotland in men's international rugby union is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. Mark Bennett should absolutely be in the squad to me. Kunavula, Groom/Shiel Hopefully whoever is picked in the team will rise to the occasion! Probably the closest to a Horne/Jones type combo in terms of a baller at 12. On the positive side, it’s good to see Matt Scott and Huw Jones back in the fold, but the omission of Mark Bennett and Gordy Reid makes little sense to me. Leading from the back so to speak, as others have pointed out, didn’t stop Irvine, Hastings or Paterson. Personally, I’d have included both Weir* and Hastings (who can cover both 10 and full back) and dispensed with either Tagive (unproven) or McGuigan (hasn’t cut the mustard at international level). What needs to stop is the feeling we are beating ourselves. This has got to be our best six nations ever. More from the press-conference third hand: James Lang, Richie Gray, Blade also missing out through injury. Johnson, Scott or Hutchinson? Leaves out the west coast Scots boys – Ried, Bennett, R.Gray and picks obscure foreigners instead. Otherwise….!! 7 in squad for the 4 back 3 spots, plus a few centres who can cover the wing. No need to register, buy now! I doubt we’ll get the decisiveness of that outcome though. A number of players picked on form and a few new guys is no bad thing. I see Hogg as a decoy and support runner/controller…. Scotland begin their autumn test matches at BT Murrayfield against Georgia on Friday 23 October before facing Wales in Llanelli on 31 October in the rescheduled 2020 Guinness Six Nations fixture. There’s also a case for arguing that Duncan Weir deserves another chance (as back-up to Finn) on the basis of his form for Worcester over the last 18 months or so. I hope Dunkie Taylor and Simmonds kick on as they are likely to be called up at some point. The team takes part in the annual Six Nations Championship and participates in the Rugby World Cup, which takes place every four years. Sutherland/Dell (Bhatti needs development but got the raw material) Ireland : Raynal As for Players taking responsibility, which players? really? In Review. So how has Ratu Tagive done, enough to be in the squad after what looks like only 10 appearances in 3 years? There’s no doubting his talent or commitment but is he composed enough to captain? Luke Crosbie and Kyle Steyn have made previous training squads but not a Scotland 23. The modern game is slightly different relying as it does on being in the ref’s ear. Hogg is worth a try , it might just work out, everyone else has already had a shot, and no one stands out , even Hogg, but for whatever reason (it is not that relevant) , he never got another chance till now, what has changed would be my challenge! Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 25 caps Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh) – 15 caps Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 50 caps Blair Cowan (London Irish) – 17 caps Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 12 caps Cornell du Preez (Worcester Warriors) – 7 capsMatt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 capsZander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 29 capsGrant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 42 capsJonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 57 capsRichie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 65 capsRob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 capsNick Haining (Edinburgh) – 3 capsOli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors) - uncappedStuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 37 capsWillem Nel (Edinburgh) – 38 capsJamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 18 capsSam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 7 capsRory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 7 capsBlade Thomson (Scarlets) – 5 capsBen Toolis (Edinburgh) – 25 capsGeorge Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 capsHamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 32 caps, BACKS (17) Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 11 capsNick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 capsChris Harris (Gloucester) – 18 capsAdam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 capsStuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) CAPTAIN – 76 capsGeorge Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 capsDamien Hoyland (Edinburgh) – 4 capsSam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 capsHuw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 capsBlair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 21 capsJames Lang (Harlequins) – 2 capsSean Maitland (Saracens) – 48 capsAli Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 32 capsFinn Russell (Racing 92) – 49 capsScott Steele (Harlequins) - uncappedDuhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) – uncappedDuncan Weir (Worcester Warriors) – 28 caps. If anyone knows how Scotland feel going to Wales this weekend having not won there for 18 years, it is John Rutherford. Yeah from the comments Toony made in the press conference it sounded like Sutherland could start, at least its between him and Dell with Bhatti being third. Our big big problem since Townsend arrived is a very leaky defence. I think in recent weeks all have been solid defensively. GTs position probably on the line in this 6N. We don’t need Hogg, Graham, Maitland, Kinghorn, Steyn, McGuigan AND Tagive, plus Harris, in the back three; I’d have chosen Bennett over one of them, most likely McGuigan or Tagive. Certainly the Exeter game was close to test match intensity and both had good games (one dodgy offload and bouncing balls aside). — Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) January 15, 2020 Hogg is joined in the back-three by the likes of Darcy Graham, Blair Kinghorn, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Kyle Steyn and Ratu Tagive – the latter two Glasgow Warriors both being included for the first time. Bennett is better than Harris and always will be, but Toonie can never admit he is wrong. It’s not like there are many available wingers that have been left out that we can suggest instead. Not too bad, I feel better about this squad than I would have thought last night. The referees for the 6N have been announced and we are at last getting decent referees. Not sure it applies to Harris either. It’s ok, he is just keeping the spot warm for VDM later in the year! Backs look good and we actually in a few positions have quality replacements not chosen. If we can play as we did 18 months ago and play with less fear, more aggression and a semblance of defense then I think we could surprise people. Scotland rugby team. Hutchinson is the bolter. Barclay Farrell has rung the changes ahead of what will be Ireland's final Test match of 2020. Scotland Six Nations Squad 2020 Ahead of the restart of the 2020 Six Nations Gregor Townsend has named his Autumn Scotland squad with several new faces and Finn Russell’s return. It may all backfire, but right now it makes sense. The auld bull…, TENC, you have me all wrong. Basically Saracens Sunday fixtures and presumably the rest and recovery that follows, clash with Scotland’s training starting on the Monday heading into the opening game. Classic Walter Mitty. In the 17 backs selected there are returns for Harlequins centre James Lang, who last featured in the national side during the summer of 2018, as well as Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg and Edinburgh winger Damien Hoyland, alongside squad debutants van der Merwe and scrum-half Steele. Add Kebble & VDM to the mix & we are certainly looking stronger. However, its Toonies game plan which I hope has changed massively is what I am looking forward to. Skinner presumably not picked as not fully fit yet – wonder if we will see him later on (and maybe a couple of others….). I think the key to the upcoming six nations is not so much about the squad selection rather how quickly the players selected can pick up the new defensive patterns under Steve Tandy. His biggest fan is the guy who appointed him, SRU Chief Executive Mark Dodson. England : Gauzere Read more information about browsers and how to upgrade yours. Haining/CDP. — Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) November 11, 2020 In the back-line Head Coach Gregor Townsend makes three changes from the recent win in Wales with Worcester Warriors stand-off Duncan Weir winning his 29th cap for Scotland and joined in the half-backs by fellow Warrior, Glasgow’s Ali Price. I think there’s great options with our forwards, starting against Ireland, caveat injuries and coaching, but bulk and desire are there: My 1st 8 with their replacements, based on what I’ve seen season so far. We will see if Matt Scott can finally repeat his club form on the international stage. He’s had few opportunities, I grant you, but he’s not set the heather ablaze when he’s had the chance, however limited that may have been. Has he sorted his defence? Haining’s journey from the Western Force Academy, via Jersey Reds and Bristol, is an interesting one – he marked Sean Maitland on the wing during the Lions tour of 2013, having toyed with a switch to the centre. Yes Gary Graham Neil, all day long. continuity yes Bazz but I question Johnsons’ and Harris’s confidence and mental focus. Pretty much any pairing works for me, I’d go for Scott and Hutchinson as they have great form, are both cutting great angles and offer mixed options for Finn to work with. DOOMED I SAY! Not sure about picking Steyn or Tagive and leaving people like Bennett at home, but I don’t have all the info on those two. Would like to see Scott and Hutchison but wouldn’t be surprised by Johnson and Jones either. “The squad we have selected is formed by the majority of the players we worked with in the Six Nations alongside players who have grabbed their opportunity in the past few weeks and have been in form for their respective teams. There are recalls from the wilderness for Rory Sutherland, Matt Scott and Cornell du Preez. Fixtures, veunes and times for the Scotland National Rugby team with dates and times for the six nations 2020 games. One can only assume the bonus is attributable to meeting target indicators for financial performance since the playing performance across national teams has been poor for the period in question. Alan, the ‘whole Toony thing ‘ will never defuse. Brown/McInally A persistent problem for Blade. Like Messi for Argentina. Results have not been forthcoming, but “sack the coach” doesn’t identify what the issues really are…it could be any number of things. Bradbury/Crosbie Haining maybe quite old to be getting his debut though he is a power player which is something we are always a bit short on. Hickey/van der Walt I’m comfortable that the three LHs picked are the best available (to my knowledge) but all three lack game time and it is definitely our weakest position. Richie Gray continues to be absent in what could well be his last chance to add to his caps while Sam Skinner is still on the comeback from injury and could well be involved later in the tournament. Tagive qualifies on residency and has impressed now he’s finally fit and playing for Glasgow. Follow Rory on twitter @scotrugbyblog. Attack wise the backline needs to be built around the most undefendable skillset of Russell: being the left to right miss-pass & the kickpass off the right foot. Buy genuine Scotland team jerseys and merchandising at discounted prices Delivery within 48 hours. I want to see Hutchison given the chance. 16 from Edinburgh – including their top two tightheads, their first choice second row pairing and 2/3 of their starting back three. Well has GT realised that for Russell, Hogg, Jones to strut their stuff they need space & has picked exactly the type (DuPreez, Crosbie, Haining) who have the capability of knocking the opposition defence onto the back foot?? It’s an interesting selection. Fairly balanced but Johnson has perhaps the least form aside from a great game against Exeter. I think this is Townsend’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to succeed at this level. Let’s face it, given all the disadvantages we face, 3 wins would again be an excellent return. Six Nations Rugby Limited today confirmed that the Women’s & U20s 2021 Championships will not take place in the regular… Scotland Women 23rd Dec 2020 Easson named Scotland Women head … Can you confirm? They’re all quality and in form. T he England team to tackle Scotland in Edinburgh has been announced. This site uses cookies to remember logged in users/commenters and for statistical analysis. Maybe I did love Greeg after all?! would have made Ritchie captain….Hogg is too mentally immature to be a captain. I haven’t seen or heard of Du Preez since he completely failed to turn up for a pumping a couple of years ago (think it was Wales if my memory serves) presumably he has come into some form? point to that level of actual achievement. However as that’s no fun the bbc had him fit in between Maitland and McGuigan so someone with an M. mmmm Mallinder??? Which is why I think we should stick with Johnson who has found some form again at Glasgow and offers continuity both with Finn on his inside and either Harris or Jones outside him (WC, and club level respectively). How’s his current form? so you never know, we might turn them over against expectations. If this does not go well I take it we will all accept that the new coaching team takes time to bed in.Well that buys Toony 2 more He didn’t have to change his team out,but he did. All his players are fit so we should expect high things from Toony and Hogg. Toony has gone all-in with his squad selection and has it all to do to build a team able to restore national credibility after the RWC fiasco. I have to say I am a little bit dissappointed in some ways as there seems to be quite a lot of developmental inclusions which I feel a bit (world cup cycle)ish. His last cap came in the Cardiff drubbing of 2018. Whether that is due to him being closely marked allowing others to flourish or other reasons I’m unsure. Gray and Cummings has the potential to be an excellent and athletic second row pairing. Players also responsible here. Last updated on 12 October 2020 12 October 2020. Kinghorn and Hastings aren’t bad replacements but if we really want to do something in the tournament we need our stars fit and firing. That would be my only concern. At last! Ireland is a big test, but they seem to have gone with experience over all else (Sexton as captain even though he’s barely played?) Sign-up for our newsletter today to receive the latest updates, content and releases from Scottish Rugby. Townsend has selected one player less than last yearin his forwards group, while taking one more winger and one less centre. Hmmm we just sent our strongest ever squad to the World Cup and got humiliated. Well Richie Gray didnt and that is why he will never dawn the navy while Toony is the boss. Price probably bought himself the 9 shirt. If we can get our defence sorted and keep our attacking patterns then we might be able to do something positive. Tough year coming. The newly formed Autumn Nations Cup begins in November with Scotland in Pool B alongside France and Fiji who they will play at BT Murrayfield as well as an away test match against Italy. Johnson/Jones: Club familiarity of combinations. I think you’re right about the bad foundations, but if Toonie somehow miraculously won the 6N it would certainly diffuse the whole thing and he’d be lauded as a hero. the team is never settled so there is no accountability just threat and fear to motivate. Update your browser to view this website correctly. Will see how Hogg goes as captain but I have a few reservations. Stuart Hogg will captain the 2020 Scotland Six Nations squad, leading the team into a hugely challenging year of fixtures that will make or break Gregor Townsend’s career as coach. Other than that, no complaints; except Gordon Reid can count himself a little hard done-by, so I’m guessing he’s out of the squad for the same reason that Batman and Peter Horne are. Skinner will also presumably come in after he gets some game time. Andy Farrell has selected his squad to battle Scotland at Aviva Stadium in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday. If not then it’s going to be a loooooooong championship. Wales team to play Scotland | 2020 Six Nations. I will never get behind him but do accept the argument is not all one sided , thank you for your comments. I know that Johnson has had flashes of wonderful skill at international level. Right now he should just try to put out the best team he’s got. My first look at this squad shows to me 16 players of genuine Test pedigree or real Test potential distributed throughout backs and forwards – a count unthinkable a decade ago. *Assuming that he’s now got over the jaw injury he sustained a couple of weeks ago. Gone for Crosbie who’s aggressive and powerful which will be needed to counter whoever is on thebench for Ireland (likely Deegan or Doris). Ireland are looking to make a statement after a drab 23-10 win against Georgia against a Scottish side that has won five of its last six games. We fans accept the WR Ranking argument when it suits us, but do not consistently recognise it has any credibility, so what is better ?

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