Scotland name 35-man squad for 2016 Six Nations

Vern Cotter has named his 35-man squad. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Vern Cotter has named his 35-man squad. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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SCOTLAND coach Vern Cotter has named a 35-man squad for this year’s RBS Six Nations, with flanker John Barclay returning to the national set-up and two uncapped props earning selection.

Edinburgh loosehead Rory Sutherland, 23, and Glasgow tighthead Zander Fagerson, who turned 20 today, are both included, while Warriors flanker Ryan Wilson, who was cited for alleged foul play at Northampton on Sunday, has been omitted.

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Tim Swinson, who was also cited for punching in that European Champions Cup loss, is named in the squad.

Glasgow centre Mark Bennett has been included after having his shoulder injury assessed by a specialist on Monday.

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The squad will be captained by Greig Laidlaw, who is one of just two scrum-halves along with Edinburgh’s Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

Scarlets flanker Barclay, who didn’t make the World Cup squad, is one of seven back-rowers included by Cotter, with Glassgow’s Chris Fusaro also getting the nod.

Scotland start their Six Nations campaign against England at BT Murrayfield on 6 February.

SCOTLAND RBS SIX NATIONS SQUAD

Hooker

Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby) – 94 caps

Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps

Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby) – 2 caps

Front-row

Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 52 caps

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) - uncapped

Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs) – 29 caps

Willem Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps

Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors) – 15 caps

Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped

Lock

Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps

Richie Gray (Castres) – 51 caps

Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap

Back-row

Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors) – 6 caps

John Barclay (Scarlets) – 45 caps

Blair Cowan (London Irish) – 15 caps

David Denton (Bath) – 32 caps

Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

John Hardie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps

Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps

- BACKS -

Scrum-half

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby) – 8 caps

Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN (Gloucester) – 46 caps

Stand-off

Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors) – 15 caps

Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps

Centre

Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps

Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps

Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 15 caps

Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby) – 33 caps

Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 12 caps

Wing

Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors) – 101 caps

Sean Maitland (London Irish) – 20 caps

Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps

Tim Visser (Harlequins) – 23 caps

Full-back

Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 38 caps

Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps) – 27 caps

- TRAINING WITH THE SQUAD -

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) – 12 caps

Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps

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