Ten uncapped Scots for Wallabies, NZ Tests

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:33 AM Scotland have named 10 uncapped players in a bigger than expected 36-man squad for November rugby internationals against Australia and New Zealand.

Coach Gregor Townsend on Tuesday took the chance to blood new talent for Tests next month against Samoa, the All Blacks and Wallabies at Murrayfield after injuries had reduced his options.

Leicester Tigers back-rower Luke Hamilton, a former Wales under-20 player, is included with Sale's 28-year-old winger Byron McGuigan, who is joint top try-scorer in this season's English Premiership.

But there is no place for Edinburgh back-rowers John Hardie and Magnus Bradbury, who are both suspended by their club for disciplinary reasons.

Hamilton, 25, whose father is Scottish, is one of three new players included through family connections, along with Edinburgh's London-born prop Darryl Marfo whose mother is Scottish.

"The players selected have worked exceptionally hard at their clubs to earn inclusion in the national squad and we're looking forward to working with them throughout the autumn series," Townsend said.

"We're facing two of the world's top-three sides after a significant challenge from Samoa in our opening game. It will be an excellent challenge for our players."

Scotland have been hit by injuries to 10 players, including captain Greig Laidlaw and Fraser Brown.

Fullback Stuart Hogg and winger Tommy Seymour return having missed the summer tour on Lions duty.

Forwards: Simon Berghan, Jamie Bhatti, John Barclay, Scott Cummings, Cornell du Preez, Zander Fagerson, Ross Ford, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Luke Hamilton, Darryl Marfo, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Tim Swinson, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson.

Backs: Phil Burleigh, Alex Dunbar, Dougie Fife, Nathan Fowles, Chris Harris, Nick Grigg, Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne, Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Huw Jones, Byron McGuigan, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour.

Source: AAP

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