There is no Finn Russell or Stuart Hogg to lead the Scotland tour team


For Chile and Argentina

Gregor Townsend selected a 40-strong team for Scotland’s summer trip to Chile and Argentina.

Stuart Hogg, who captained the Scots at recent tournaments is not included, as well as Finn Russell and Kyle Steyn.

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Grant Gilchrist, an experienced lock, is chosen as the captain of the tour.

Glen Young, Murphy Walker, and Ben Muncaster are uncapped forwards. Ollie Smith, Kyle Rowe, and Kyle Currie could also make their debuts.

Jamie Ritchie, Edinburgh flanker, has not fully recovered from an injury in time to travel with the group.

March saw Hogg, Russell and Darcy Graham, Sam Johnson as well as Ali Price, Ali Price, Sione Tuipulotu, disciplined for violating team protocols after the Six Nations victory over Italy in Rome. Five members of this group were involved in the Championship closing defeat to Ireland. All except Russell and Hogg are included on the summer tour.

Townsend stated that Stuart and other students will get a summer break and they believe it will be a big benefit to them.

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“Someone like Stuart Hogg has played more minutes than anyone else that is available and when you add that to the Lions tour last year, we believe that the best thing for him, and others, is to rest this Summer.

“Grant is already one of our leaders. It is an honour to be named captain. We believe he is at his best in rugby.

Scotland A will face Chile in Santiago on 25 juin, before the Tests With The Pumas on the first three Saturdays of July.

Townsend stated, “This tour and in special the Chile game give us an opportunity to examine more players. Players that perhaps wouldn’t have gone into Six Nations squad that’s just passed.”

“After the A match against Chile, it’s probable that that squad will be dropped for the Test series. As we continue through the Test series we don’t plan to keep 35 players in Argentina for the final week, so we’ll likely get closer to 28-30.”

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Scotland squad

Backs: Mark Bennett (all Edinburgh), Matt Currie (Gloucester), George Horne(Glasgow), Damian Hoyland [Edinburgh], Rory Hutchinson (“Northampton”), Sam Johnson (“Glasgow”), Rory Hutchinson (“Northampton”), Rory Hutchinson (“Northampton”), Rory Hutchinson “Northampton”), Rory Hutchinson” (Edinburgh), Sam Johnson (London Irish), Ollie Thompson, Ross Thompson, Ben White (Worcester), Ben White („London Irish), Ben White“London Irish)

Tour schedule

Chile v Scotland A, Saturday 25 June 2022, kick-off 21:00 BST- Estadio Santa Laura Universidad SEK, Santiago

Argentina v Scotland, Saturday 2 July 2022, kick-off 20:10 BST – Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy

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