Scotland Six Nations squad: Gregor Townsend names Ben Healy among four uncapped players including Ruaridh McConnochie | Rugby Union News

Gregor Townsend has named a 40-man Scotland squad for Six Nations; The panel includes four uncapped players, with Munster’s Ben Healy entitled through his mother; Ruaridh McConnochie, capped in England, is in after being eligible to play under the International Rugby Board’s new rule

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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says this could be his last Six Nations coach for the national team

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says this could be his last Six Nations coach for the national team

Ben Healy is one of four uncapped players in Gregor Townsend’s 40-man Scotland squad for the Six Nations, as is England’s Ruaridh McConnochie.

The 23-year-old Munster, who will join Edinburgh in the summer, was born in Ireland and represented the U20s but qualifies for Scotland through his mother and will support Finn Russell in 10th place.

Bath wing McConnochie, who has previously played two friendlies for England and traveled to Japan with Eddie Jones’ squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, is another headline-grabber.

Ruaridh McConnochie, who has played two friendlies for England and traveled to Japan for the World Cup, has been selected by Scotland

Ruaridh McConnochie, who has played two friendlies for England and traveled to Japan for the World Cup, has been selected by Scotland

Ben Healy has been included in Scotland's Six Nations squad after signing for Edinburgh from Munster

Ben Healy has been included in Scotland’s Six Nations squad after signing for Edinburgh from Munster

McConnochie, 31, has been admitted to Scotland under the International Rugby Board’s rule, which allows a transfer to another nation once more than three years have elapsed since a last Test appearance.

Glasgow center Stafford McDowall and Leicester second row Cameron Henderson are the other three yet to play for the national team.

Hamish Watson and Zander Fagerson are included despite being sidelined through injury in recent months, but Darcy Graham, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge and Adam Hastings – who have also struggled with fitness issues – have not made the squad.

  • v England – Saturday 4 February (Twickenham)
  • v Wales – Saturday 11 February (Murrayfield)
  • v France – Sunday 26 February (Stade de France)
  • v Ireland – Sunday 12 March (Murrayfield)
  • vs. Italy – Saturday 18 March (Murrayfield)

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) capless, 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

Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby) 39 caps Ben Healy (Munster Rugby) no cap 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) no cap, Stafford McDowell (Glasgow Warriors) no cap, 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 internationals

Jamie Ritchie, who captained Scotland during the Autumn Nations Series, remains in that role, while notables Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg are all named.

Townsend is looking forward to the year ahead as preparations for the World Cup continue, also with an eye on Healy to see what he makes of the opportunity presented to him.

“The Six Nations are just around the corner and one of those four years that we as coaches can’t wait for is World Cup year.

“I think rugby is so competitive within the Six Nations but also world rugby is so really, really happy and grateful to be a part of it.

“Well the last two or three weeks Ben has played really well off the bench against Ulster and then the following week started against the Lions and I was impressed with him that night.

“He’s a different player to the 10s we had in the squad, but he’s a very good attacker, both in terms of the system and his own individual strengths, and he has a very good shooting game.

“It’s really positive to have someone to call on Ben’s skills when we’ve lost Adam Hastings and Ross Thompson to injuries.”

Scotland kick off their Six Nations campaign with a visit to Twickenham, where they will meet England on February 4 before taking on Wales (11 February) in the second round at home.

After that, a trip to France (February 11) awaits before two home games against Ireland (March 12) and Italy (March 18) conclude their tournament.

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