Six Nations: Cameron Redpath, David Cherry, Ewan Ashman and Alex Craig named in Scotland squad

Gregor Townsend has named a 35-man Scotland squad for the 2021 Six Nations Championship.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has named a 35-man squad for the 2021 Six Nations.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has named a 35-man squad for the 2021 Six Nations.

He has included Cameron Redpath, the Bath centre who was previously included by Eddie Jones in an England squad to tour South Africa in 2018.

Redpath, the son of former Scotland captain Bryan Redapth, pulled out injured before the tour.

Born in Narbonne, France, while his father was playing for the local side, Redpath junior grew up in England and was educated at Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

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He has been capped by England at under-20 level but has clearly been persuaded to switch sides.

Other uncapped players in Townsend’s squad include Sale Sharks hooker Ewan Ashman.

Originally from Toronto, Ashman impressed for Scotland at the 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship, scoring seven tries to finish as the tournament’s top try-scorer.

He also scored two tries in the 2020 competition, against Ireland and England.

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Fellow uncapped hooker David Cherry, of Edinburgh, is also named in the squad.

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Established No.2s Fraser Brown and Stuart McInally are both missing with neck injuries.

There is also no place for Ben Toolis who has been struggling with a toe problem and missed Edinburgh’s match against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.

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Richie Gray returns to the squad after impressing for Glasgow in both 1872 Cup games following his recovery from a concussion.

There is a call-up for Dumfries-born second row Alex Craig, who plays for Gloucester and was involved in the Six Nations squad last year without winning a cap.

Townsend has recalled Newcastle back-row forward Gary Graham, Glasgow Warriors hooker Grant Stewart and his team-mate Huw Jones who has impressed at full-back for Warriors in recent weeks after making the switch from centre. There are also returns for Sale Sharks wing Byron McGuigan and London Irish prop Alan Dell.

Scotland kick-off their Six Nations campaign against England at Twickenham on February 6. Their first home game is against Wales at BT Murrayfield the following week.

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