Eight Warriors in Scotland squad for Six Nations opener

Eight Warriors in Scotland squad for Six Nations opener

Gregor Townsend has named eight Glasgow players in his match day 23 for this Saturday’s Guinness 6 Nations opener against Italy at BT Murrayfield.

Sam Johnson will make his international debut at inside centre, partnering Warriors teammate Huw Jones in midfield.

Stuart Hogg starts at full-back and is named Vice-Captain, Tommy Seymour joining him in the back three.

Ryan Wilson packs down at the back of the scrum, starting at number 8.

On the bench, Jamie Bhatti is loose-head prop cover and Ali Price and Adam Hastings will look to make in impact as replacement half-backs.

Scotland team to play Italy in the Guinness Six Nations

Saturday 2 February, kick-off 2.15pm – live on BBC

1. Allan Dell (Edinburgh) - 17 caps

2. Stuart McInally VICE-CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) - 22 caps

3. Willem Nel (Edinburgh) - 26 caps

4. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) - 14 caps

5. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) - 28 caps

6. Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) - 3 caps

7. Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) - 6 caps

8. Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) - 41 caps

9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Clermont Auvergne) - 66 caps

10. Finn Russell (Racing 92) - 40 caps

11. Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) - 7 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) - uncapped

13. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) - 19 caps

14. Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) - 46 caps

15. Stuart Hogg VICE-CAPTAIN (Glasgow Warriors) - 65 caps

Substitutes

16. Jake Kerr (Leicester Tigers) - uncapped

17. Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) - 11 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) - 14 caps

19. Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) - uncapped

20. Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) - 17 caps

21. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) - 19 caps

22. Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) - 7 caps

23. Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) - 6 caps


Squad players unavailable through injury
: Jonny Gray (shoulder), George Horne (shoulder), Pete Horne (knee), Lee Jones (knee), Sean Maitland (hamstring), Grant Stewart (shoulder).

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