"A joke" - Scotland's training squad mercilessly trolled for 'lack of Scots' - Ruck

“A joke” – Scotland’s training squad mercilessly trolled for ‘lack of Scots’

Scotland have been trolled on social media as head coach Gregor Townsend continues to use every trick in the book to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The group will be led by captain Jamie Ritchie and will be trimmed to the requisite 33-player list ahead of the tournament itself, which gets underway in France in September.

The 41-player group will gather for an initial training camp on 29 May to begin preparations for warm-up matches in the Famous Grouse Nations Series against France, Italy and Georgia at BT Murrayfield in July and August. Scotland also play France in an away warm-up in St. Etienne in August.

The Rugby World Cup itself will see Scotland compete in Pool B alongside South Africa, Ireland, Tonga and Romania, with a first fixture against the world champion Springboks on Sunday 10 September in Marseille.

Some fans have mocked the squad, with one saying “That’s more like a Barbarians squad than a Scotland squad,” another stating “Nice to see some Scots in there for once,” and a third jokingly saying “I’m backing South Africa B to do well at the World Cup.”



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Marcus Smith of England on the break looks to hand off Pierre Schoeman of Scotland during the Six Nations Championship, Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 4th 2023. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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