Scotland name five uncapped players

Date published: October 22 2013

Scotland have included five uncapped players in a 41-strong squad for a training camp in Glasgow ahead of their November Tests.

Scotland have named five uncapped players in a 41-strong squad for a training camp in Glasgow next week ahead of their November Tests.

The quintet are Glasgow Warriors' Mark Bennett, Jonny Gray and Chris Fusaro and London Irish back-row pair Kieran Low and Blair Cowan.

All are in contention for Scotland's matches against Japan (9 November), South Africa (17 November) and Australia (23 November).

Some 28 of the squad toured with Scotland during the quadrangular tournament in South Africa in the summer, while experienced campaigners who missed out on that trip through injury – including Ross Ford and Chris Cusiter and seasoned campaigner John Barclay – return.

The squad comprises 18 Glasgow Warriors players, 13 Exiles and ten from Edinburgh.

“This squad is about getting the job right for our upcoming Test matches but it's also about the next 24 months as we build towards World Cup 2015,” said head coach Scott Johnson.

“As I said during the tour we need and want to expand our playing pool and within that we have to be clear on which of our long-experienced players will make the journey to the World Cup.

“We have to make sure, too, that our young players, who have the ability to play international footy, get the mileage on the clock ahead of the World Cup.”

Scotland squad

Backs: Mark Bennett, Chris Cusiter, Nick De Luca, Alex Dunbar, Max Evans, Tom Heathcote, Ruaridh Jackson, Sean Lamont, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland, Henry Pyrgos, Matt Scott, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Greig Tonks, Tim Visser, Duncan Weir.

Forwards: John Barclay, John Beattie, Kelly Brown, Blair Cowan, Geoff Cross, David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Chris Fusaro, Grant Gilchrist, Ryan Grant, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton, Rob Harley, Alastair Kellock, Scott Lawson, Kieran Low, Moray Low, Pat MacArthur, Euan Murray, Alasdair Strokosch, Tim Swinson, Jon Welsh.

Invited to train with squad: Stuart McInally and Ross Rennie.