Scotland coach Gregor Townsend included the unfunded trios Rory Hutchinson, Grant Stewart and Blade Thomson on the 42-man World Cup pre-season training squad.
The Hutchinson Center in Northampton has had a decisive year for the Gallagher Premiership team and will now have the opportunity to qualify for this year’s final in Japan. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online to enjoy most exciting rugby matches.
Townsend keeps two more open places to allow a number of players – including Richie Gray, Duncan Weir, and Alex Dunbar. Townsend added, we made the conscious decision to limit the number of teams, which allows us to work more with the people most likely to be on the plane to Japan.
“We are really excited to be working with this group of players who will now be fighting for a place in the group of 31 finalists at the World Cup.”
The majority of the Townsend team will then have three weeks of rest after club season and will return from mid-June to intensify their preparations for Oriam, Scotland’s national sports performance centre, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
They planned three camps in Scotland and a trip to Portugal to prepare their campaign in the pool. They will face Ireland, Russia, Samoa, and Japan from the start of the competition in September.
Scotland will prepare for the tournament with four round-trip summer trials against Georgia and France starting in August.
Townsend added, Our goal is to deliver our best rugby on September 22 [when Scotland plays Ireland in the first round] and the next few weeks. An important element will condition us in this direction.
“We have to be ready to play with energy, with tremendous effort and be in better shape than any team we meet. This will allow us to attack and defend at a high level and to put pressure on the opposition. “
Squad as Follows:
John Barclay (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (Edinburgh), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (London Irish), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks), Blade Thomson (Scarlets), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)
Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens).
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