Dylan Richardson to be named in Scotland Autumn Test squad, according to reports from South Africa

Sharks utility forward will swap the dream of playing for South Africa for a Scottish cap

Dylan Richardson in action for the Cell C Sharks against Glasgow Warriors two weekends ago. Image: Craig Watson
Dylan Richardson in action for the Cell C Sharks against Glasgow Warriors two weekends ago. Image: Craig Watson

GREGOR TOWNSEND is set to name 22-year-old South African ‘utility forward’ Dylan Richardson in his Autumn Test training squad tomorrow, according to reports from South Africa.

“Rising rugby star Dylan Richardson is set to be named in the Scotland squad for their imminent November internationals but the good news is that while he will be lost to the Springboks, he is to remain at the Sharks for some time to come,” reported the Independent Online, highlighting that in the new United Rugby Championship landscape, South African players with a Scottish qualification won’t even need to move north in order to win a cap.

“Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has had his eye on Richardson ever since discovering he has Scottish ancestry, and it is understood that he will be included in the Scottish squad for their autumn series of matches against the southern hemisphere tourists — including the Boks on November 13.”


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The website described the 22-year-old as “one of the hottest properties in South African rugby because of his ability to excel at both hooker and openside flank,” and explained how Richardson was a member of the Springbok U20 team which won bronze at the World Championship in Argentina in 2019.

According to Independent Online, Eduard Coetzee – who played alongside Townsend for the Sharks in 2004 – has discussed Richardson’s future with the Scotland coach.

Richardson has started two and come off the bench during the third of the Sharks’ three matches since joining the United Rugby Championship at the start of this season. He was in the No6 jersey when the franchise lost 35-26 to Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun in round two, picking up a yellow-card in the 14th minute of that match.


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4 Comments

  1. His middle name is Thor, but he does not qualify for Norway. If he has Scottish ancestry then it doesn’t really matter where he plays his rugby – and if he is playing in the URC then Scotland will hardly be a far away land of which he knows nothing. However, with the Mish and Rory Darge already at open side I do hope neither is overlooked in preference. Richardson being even shorter than both, is hooker therefore where Gregor sees him playing? But there already lurk Kerr and Ashman, just waiting to steal their chance away from the established guard. Alternatively, will the Saffer be used as a utility player covering two positions from off the bench? Interesting. What will Toonie do next?

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    • at hooker, neither Brown nor McInally are getting any younger, neither been really good recently, especially McInally. Turner had another concussive episode this week, he has had several including one very long enforced break.
      After that, Kerr, maybe starting to establish himself, ditto Ashman. Need to see how much game time both actually get and if the obvious potential is fulfilled. Then its down to Cherry, Mathews, Stewart, all decent but not top drawer; and the very young Drummond and Harrison.
      So no reason not to have a look at this guy, as you say playing in NH URC a huge benefit that way. And he has played really well at openside the last 2 games. That versatility is also in his favour – we have seen both Brown and McInally deployed back in the back row over the years

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    • Watson will keep the no1 spot for openside. Unless Darge leap frogs him. Which on what I’ve seen is not impossible at all. Darge looks a seriously top player already. good enough for anyone anywhere. What on earth was Cockerill doing? No judgement at all

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