Calcutta Cup: Hamish Watson and Magnus Bradbury among five Scotland call-ups – but no Darcy Graham

Alex Craig, Blair Kinghorn and WP Nel also added to Gregor Townsend's training squad

Magnus Bradbury in action for Scotland versus England during 2020 Six Nations. Image: © Craig Watson -
Magnus Bradbury in action for Scotland versus England during 2020 Six Nations. Image: © Craig Watson -

GREGOR TOWNSEND has increased his back-row options ahead of Scotland’s Calcutta Cup match against England at Murrayfield on Saturday by calling Magnus Bradbury (Bristol Bears) and Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) into his training squad, while Josh Bayliss of Bath has dropped out of the group due to a  concussion.

Scarlets second-row Alex Craig – who was capped twice by Scotland in 2021 – has also joined the group, filling the gap created by Richie Gray suffering an arm injury versus Wales. Full-back Blair Kinghorn (Toulouse) and tight-head prop WP Nel (Edinburgh) are recalled after dropping out of the initial squad due to injury, replacing Ross McCann (TeamGB 7s) and Javan Sebastian (Edinburgh).

Darcy Graham remains out of the squad after sustaining a groin injury last week and is subject to further assessment.

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Updated Scotland squad for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations (caps in brackets):


  • Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors (34)
  • Alec Hepburn – Exeter Chiefs (2)
  • Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby (28)
  • George Turner – Glasgow Warriors (42)
  • Johnny Matthews – Glasgow Warriors (1)
  • Ewan Ashman – Edinburgh Rugby (14)
  • Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors (64)
  • Elliot Millar-Mills – Northampton Saints (1)
  • WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby (61)
  • Magnus Bradbury – Bristol Bears (19)
  • Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby (69)
  • Alex Craig – Scarlets (2)
  • Scott Cummings – Glasgow Warriors (35)
  • Glen Young – Edinburgh Rugby (3)
  • Sam Skinner – Edinburgh Rugby (32)
  • Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors (16) CO-CAPTAIN
  • Andy Christie – Saracens (5)
  • Jamie Ritchie – Edinburgh Rugby (47)
  • Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby (59)
  • Jack Dempsey – Glasgow Warriors (17)
  • Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors (42)


  • Ben White – Toulon (20)
  • George Horne – Glasgow Warriors (27)
  • Ali Price – Edinburgh Rugby (66)
  • Ben Healy – Edinburgh Rugby (4)
  • Finn Russell – Bath Rugby (77) CO-CAPTAIN
  • Ross Thompson – Glasgow Warriors (3)
  • Cameron Redpath – Bath Rugby (11)
  • Sione Tuipulotu – Glasgow Warriors (24)
  • Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints (8)
  • Huw Jones – Glasgow Warriors (45)
  • Stafford McDowall – Glasgow Warriors (1)
  • Kyle Steyn – Glasgow Warriors (16)
  • Arron Reed – Sale Sharks (uncapped)
  • Duhan van der Merwe – Edinburgh Rugby (36)
  • Kyle Rowe – Glasgow Warriors (3)
  • Blair Kinghorn – Toulouse (50)
  • Harry Paterson – Edinburgh Rugby (1)

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  1. Really cant see Watson getting anywhere near the team again unless we had a lot of injuries. He was not great on Friday against Zebra. Good to see Bradbury in the squad but I suspect he won’t make the match day 23.

  2. On the Mish return note i listened to him on the Big Jim Podcast talking about Gregor, being left out of the squad and the world cup among other things – very honest wiithout the media training. well worth a listen if anyone is bored on the commute back from the office. seems a very nice guy

  3. Great news on Kinghorn and pleased to see Bradbury and Watson back in. We are completely stacked in the back row, I would be happy enough with any combination of Christie, Fagerson, Dempsey, Ritchie, Darge, Watson or Bradbury. Though I would probs go for Dempsey, Darge & Fagerson.

    Disappointing about Darcy, he seems to be becoming all too injury prone. Having said that, Steyn is really solid and been part of some big wins – including Twickenham last year so I’m not too worried. Back 3 of VDM, Kinghorn, Steyn is better than most teams.

  4. Scotland team for England

    Kinghorn – Steyn – Jones – Tuipolotu – Van Der Merwe – Russell – White – Dempsey – Darge – Christie – Cummings – Gilchrist – Fagerson – Turner – Schoeman

    Rowe – McDowall – Horne – Bradbury – Skinner – Nel – Hepburn – Matthews.

      • Indeed, a good team but then it’s GT who selects so won’t be surprised if back row is different, Ashman selected ahead of Matthews and Redpath instead of McDowall (latter is a hard call; Redpath has experience and generally played well when given a chance, McDowall a potentially huge talent but lacks experience at international level). Given that GT doesn’t seem to like using the bench that much, especially for backs, could perhaps see a 6-2 split with Kinghorn fit again, Fagerson or Ritchie being the additional back row, though personally, don’t think Ritchie merits a place on current form.
        Just have to make sure we perform for the whole game, hit our line-out jumpers, manage the re-starts sensibly, chase our kicks, close down England quickly, get to the breakdown as a unit and not get isolated, keep up ruck speed, watch the discipline, maintain accuracy in handling and we should be in with a shout!!!

    • Absolutely onboard with that XV, my only changes to the 23 would be Redpath/M Fagerson in for McDowell/Bradbury

    • I’d have Young playing and I’m torn about Redpath at 12, he’s our best 2nd 5/8 but would I break up Huwipolotu?????
      Matthews to start and Ashman not in 23

      • England fan?
        Young is behind both Grays, Cummings, Gilchrist, CHH, Henderson, and Skinner, injuries maybe has him 4th or 5th choice now but steady on.
        Redpath vs Tuipulotu is a close run thing, with Sione having the edge due to the partnership with Jones, and Redpath offering good cover off the bench for a couple of positions.
        Turner is still first choice, Matthews vs Ashman could go either way. Would’ve loved to see Patrick Harrison kick on at Edinburgh this season after coming back from his loan last year, and make the squad this six nations but haven’t seen him much sadly

  5. Magnus Bradbury been one of the most underrated scotland players in the last couple years in my humble, good to see him get a shot back in the squad.

    Be very interesting to see the back row for sat – Christie Darge Dempsey for me but anything can happen. Feel Stafford has earned a shot too based on the past couple
    seasons but again who do you drop for him?

    • Yes backs are the big question here, and I guess it’s great that there are options in each area. I can see kinghorn on the bench almost as usual with Paterson on the field. Centre is trickier, but has Jones enough credit, esp v England, to be retained, I’d say so. Redpath on the bench. VdM and Styne on the wings ….

      • If Kinghorn is fit then he starts. No way is young Harry getting picked ahead of him. Start Kinghorn with Rowe for back 3 cover, Kinghorn can go to 10 if the unthinkable happens and Finn gets injured.

    • Bradbury has the raw materials but has suffered from being inconsistent throughout much of his career, granted his form recently seems to be more steady. Bradbury of 38-38 at Twickenham in 2019 is a game changer, he tore through England continually in that second half. He has the ballast and the go forward to be able to be a wrecking ball in there, but just has not shown it enough when analysing his overall Scotland conribution.

      • We are not good enough to put our second or even third string players against Italy. McDowall just too far down pecking order with the current quality we have. 10 years ago he would have been a nailed on starter.

      • You think he would of been nailed on over the likes of Dunbar, Bennett, Scott and Taylor at their peaks? Possibly… not 100% sure, but he could be better than them all.

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