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Scotland include four uncapped players in Six Nations squad

Scotland players celebrate. Photo Courtesy/scottish rugby
Scotland players celebrate. Photo Courtesy/scottish rugby

Bath Rugby wing Ruaridh McConnochie, Glasgow Warriors centre Stafford McDowall, and Edinburgh Rugby stand-off Ben Healy, who recently agreed to join Edinburgh from Munster, have all been selected by head coach Gregor Townsend for Scotland’s squad for the 2023 Six Nations tournament.

Leicester Tigers second row Cameron Henderson is also in contention for full international honors. McConnochie, who won two caps for England in 2019, is now eligible to be selected by Scotland due to World Rugby’s eligibility rules allowing capped players to switch allegiance to another country they are eligible to play for after a three-year cooling-off period.

Healy, who will move to Edinburgh before the 2023/24 season, qualifies through his maternal grandparents, having represented Ireland at under-20 level. Cameron Henderson joined Leicester Tigers ahead of the 2020/21 season, having previously been a part of both the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy and Stirling County’s FOSROC Super6 squad.

He was selected for the ultimately canceled 2021 summer squad for matches with England A, Romania, and Georgia. McDowall has been in great form for Glasgow Warriors this season and recently captained the club for their away win against Perpignan in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

The squad is headed by captain Ritchie, who led Scotland in all four of the 2022 Autumn Nations Series fixtures. Experienced players such as Saracens’ Sean Maitland, who has 15 tries from his 53 caps, and Glasgow Warriors center Huw Jones, who has 31 Scotland appearances and 12 tries, are also included. There are 10 players who have earned at least 50 Scotland caps, with Exeter Chiefs full-back Stuart Hogg, on 96 appearances for his country, approaching a milestone.

Scotland squad for the 2023 Guinness Six Nations

Forwards

Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) 6 caps

Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby) 3 caps

Simon Berghan (Glasgow Warriors) 31 caps

Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 25 caps

Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) 57 caps

Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) 8 caps

Andy Christie (Saracens) 4 caps

Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby) 2 caps

Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) 4 caps

Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 28 caps

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 54 caps

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) 59 caps

Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) 72 caps

Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) 69 caps

Cameron Henderson (Leicester Tigers) uncapped

WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) 50 caps

Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – CAPTAIN – 36 caps

Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 16 caps

Javan Sebastian (Scarlets) 3 caps

Sam Skinner (Edinburgh Rugby) 23 caps

Rory Sutherland (Ulster Rugby) 22 caps

George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) 29 caps

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) 54 caps

Backs

Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby) 39 caps

Ben Healy (Munster Rugby) uncapped

Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) 96 caps

George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) 18 caps

Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) 31 caps

Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 38 caps

Sean Maitland (Saracens) 53 caps

Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby) uncapped

Stafford McDowall (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 58 caps

Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby) 4 caps

Finn Russell (Racing 92) 65 caps

Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors) 2 caps

Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) 5 caps

Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) 11 caps

Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby) 23 caps

Ben White (London Irish) 9 caps

2023 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures

England v Scotland, Saturday 4 February, kick-off 4.45pm, Twickenham

Scotland v Wales, Saturday 11 February, kick-off 4.45pm, BT Murrayfield

France v Scotland, Sunday 26 February, kick-off 3pm, Stade de France

Scotland v Ireland, Sunday 12 March, kick-off 3pm, BT Murrayfield

Scotland v Italy, Saturday 19 March, kick-off 12.30pm, BT Murrayfield

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