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.”
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.