Gregor Townsend has included three uncapped players in his squad
The new Scotland head coach revealed John Barclay will captain the team
Nick Grigg, D’Arcy Rae and George Turner are the new faces
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named three uncapped players in a 34-man Scotland squad for next month’s three-test tour, the first under his stewardship.
The national team will face their opponents on consecutive Saturdays, starting with a historic test match against Italy in Singapore (June 10), followed by Australia in Sydney (June 17) and Fiji in Suva (June 24).
Glasgow Warriors’ centre Nick Grigg, prop D’Arcy Rae and Edinburgh hooker George Turner are the uncapped men to tour and will look to add international honours to their senior club careers.
The draw for the World Cup 2019 will take place in Kyoto this Wednesday (May 10) and Townsend explained the game’s global showpiece is already a part of the selection process.
“The World Cup certainly features in our thinking as we prepare for this tour,” he added.
“We’ve looked at a number of players for selection for this squad and there are a few that have missed out on selection, some of whom were very close and will be in our thoughts as we move into next season and as we build towards the Rugby World Cup.
“The 34 players named today are selected not just for their form and what they’ve done in a Scotland jersey up to now but for what they can do over the next couple of years.”
Townsend also confirmed the appointment of Stuart Yule and Gavin Vaughan as national team S&C Coach and Analyst, respectively.
The pair join the Scotland backroom from Glasgow Warriors, completing the set-up under the new Head Coach.