Grant Gilchrist to captain Scotland summer tour – Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell don’t travel

Ben Muncaster, Glen Young, Matt Currie, Kyle Rowe, Murphy Walker and Ollie Smith are uncapped players in the group

Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland in South America this summer. Image: © Craig Watson -
Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland in South America this summer. Image: © Craig Watson -

GRANT GILCHRIST has been named captain of the Scotland squad for this summer’s four-match tour to South America, with Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and Chris Harris all being left at home.

Ben Muncaster, Glen Young, Matt Currie (all Edinburgh) along with London Irish’s Kyle Rowe and Glasgow Warriors’ duo Murphy Walker and Ollie Smith are the uncapped players in the group.

Scott Cummings, Rory Darge and Matt Fagerson will return from injury for the trip, while Rory Sutherland, Jamie Bhatti and Jonny Gray also missed the majority of the Six Nations.

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Huw Jones, who is set to return to Glasgow Warriors from Harlequins this summer, is also involved, as is Northampton Saints centre Rory Hutchinson.

Scotland A will kick-off the tour with their first competitive fixture since 2014 when they take on a Chile preparing for their Rugby World Cup play-offs against USA. This will be the first time Chile have played a Six Nations team in more than 60 years and is their first meeting with the Scots at any international level.

The squad will then travel to Argentina for Scotland’s first three-test series against a Tier 1 side.


Scotland 2022 Summer Tour Squad –

  • Forwards
    • Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) – 2 caps
    • Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 22 caps
    • Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby) – 18 caps
    • Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps
    • Andy Christie (Saracens) – 1 cap
    • Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby) – 1 cap
    • Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
    • Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
    • Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps
    • Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 47 caps
    • Grant Gilchrist (Captain) (Edinburgh Rugby) – 53 caps
    • Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 67 caps
    • Jamie Hodgson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 5 caps
    • Ben Muncaster (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
    • Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) – 9 caps
    • Javan Sebastian (Scarlets) – 1 cap
    • Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 20 caps
    • Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors) – 18 caps
    • George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps
    • Murphy Walker (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
    • Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) – 49 caps
    • Glen Young (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
  • Backs
    • Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby) – 24 caps
    • Matt Currie (Edinburgh Rugby) – uncapped
    • Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) – 27 caps
    • Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby) – 26 caps
    • George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps
    • Damian Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) – 4 caps
    • Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – 5 caps
    • Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps
    • Huw Jones (Harlequins) – 31 caps
    • Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) – 31 caps
    • Rufus McLean (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
    • Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 51 caps
    • Kyle Rowe (London Irish) – uncapped
    • Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
    • Ross Thompson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
    • Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
    • Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors) – 16 caps
    • Ben White (London Irish) – 4 caps

Summer Tour 2022 Fixtures –

  • Chile v Scotland A | Saturday 25 June 2022, kick-off 9pm (UK time) – Estadio Santa Laura Universidad SEK, Santiago, live on Premier Sports
  • Argentina v Scotland | Saturday 2 July 2022, kick-off 8.10pm (UK time) – Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy, live on Sky Sports
  • Argentina v Scotland | Saturday 9 July 2022, kick-off 8.10pm (UK time) – Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, live on Sky Sports
  • Argentina v Scotland | Saturday 16 July 2022, kick-off 8.10pm (UK time) – The Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago Del Estero, live on Sky Sports

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  1. agree re Hamish, a player that always gives everything, time off would have been sensible

  2. Interesting selection with a number of omissions A lot of which I imagine are the result of injuries. Under this category I include Ritchie, Steyn, Vellacott, McInally and Redpath. Others like Nel,Berghan and Bayliss I wonder about. Dempsey I believe needs to wait until September before he can decide on switching to Scotland even if he wants to. Opportunities for some players to move up the ladder.

  3. Always hope in these summer tour squads that the analysts will unearth a new mystery kilted kiwi or jock bok to help boost the pack out but alas not this time. I was also hoping that Fin Smith would déclaré but maybe one for the next World Cup cycle. The one I was half expecting was Charlie Chapman .. he has been starting with Hastings for a lot of games since Christmas and little combos are useful on tour.
    Would love to see Hutchinson and Bennett in midfield together. Just frustrated that pack still looks lightweight and I would have liked to given another prop experience … not sure Sebastian is the future.

  4. Vellacott potentially injured as he was out for the final Edinburgh game.
    Ireland performed the best out of the “Home Nations”. I don’t think it was a coincidence that they had the fewest lions representation on tour. Rest is key.
    Hogg, Russell and Harris all made mistakes in 6N, every player makes them but possibly have played a bit too often of late.

    Matches against like this one against Chile and Australia in November with only Scottish based players are necessary to test the developing and fringe players.
    There have been some drops in performance of late when substitutions come on.
    Fullback and wing two positions where further depth needed. We need to have a top notch third choice winger pushing VdM and Graham but also need a second choice fullback. Who is Scotland’s second best 15? Is it now Huw Jones? Maybe… But need to test new players I’m worried wheels could come off at the next world cup. We need a strong 6N next year if we have any chance of competing in our pool.

  5. I’d also have given Schoeman the summer off (he’s played an awful lot of minutes this season). But without him we’d start to risk looking quite lightweight against the Pumas pack up front. Glad to see Hutchison in the squad too. Some really interesting combinations in prospect.

    • Oscaig, Schoeman has looked somewhat tired lately however with Kebble out of favour Schoeman had to travel, maybe a fit Sutherland can feature more.

  6. Some interesting omissions. No Redpath, Steyn, Ritchie or as others have mentioned Vellacott or Nel. I assume all are injured. No Berghan, Matt Scott, Craig or surprisingly Josh Baylis who has impressed when I have seen him play. Not sure what will happen with Richie Gray. Imagine Dobie will play with the U 20s. Finally Dempsey won’t potentially qualify until September. It will be interesting to see if he opts to switch to Scotland, class player.

  7. Never thought Hoyland offered anything special or different however he seems a different player this season under Mike Blair. Absolutely worthy of his place.

  8. So Fin Smith said no – sad, he’s a great prospect but opting for Scotland is a big risk with the new English rules on foreign players. I’d have left all the Lions at home to rest, not just Hogg and Russell – and especially Lions test players like VDM and Price – as next season will be huge and they need rest. Good to see Jones and Hastings back. Cannot understand why Vellacott is not included. I know Price, Horne and White but still, rest Price and bring in Vellacott. Hope Nel is another rest rather than an omission… Is McInally still injured?

  9. With no Nel to back up Fagerson, or even Berghan, we may be a bit inexperienced in that department.

    • Vellacott missed the last Edinburgh game through injury so I wonder if he is being given the summer off to rehab…

  10. No left-field selections from the Toonie tombola. No sign of Arundell, Roebuck, Dingwall, Fin Smith, or Chapman, who had all been speculated about. Wonder if the fact the Chile game is outside international window and therefore English based players might not be released for that one had any bearing on the selection?

    Delighted that Cummings, Matt Fagerson and Darge are all fit enough to travel.

    Personally I would have rested Zander Fagerson, Ali Price and Hamish Watson after their Lions tour last year, but with them all being based in Scotland their workload will have been managed with this tour in mind.

    No sign of Josh Bayliss – presume he is injured, because he has looked excellent for Bath and Scotland.

    Delighted with the call ups for Ollie Smith, Murphy Walker and Ben Muncaster. Surprised Jamie Dobie has been ommitted.

    Finally, a wee bit disappointed for Johnny Matthews after a terrific season that he didn’t get rewarded for his fine form with an ‘A’ cap against Chile.

    But overall its a group picked to win a test series in Argentina and give an opportunity to some younger guys who might just push on into the World Cup squad in 16 months time.

    • agree re Hamish, a player that always gives everything, time off would have been sensible

  11. I don’t think it does any harm to give Hogg, Russell and Harris the summer off and don’t read any more into their exclusion than that. It’ll be interesting to see how the uncapped players are used in the opening fixture and how that influences squad selection from then on, if at all. It’ll also be interesting to see how the number 10 position is filled.

    Might Ritchie have been a consideration for the captaincy if he’d recovered?

    Others will have seen more of him than I have, is Hoyland international standard? He seems to have been around for a long time and rarely offers anything of note.

    • Huw Jones [good to see him back in the fold] has been putting in good performances at full back for Quins I wonder if Kinghorn reverts to that position rather than 10.

    • Hoyland has been playing well this season. I wouldn’t put him ahead of Graham, DvdM or McLean but he is decent.

      • Thanks, good to know. I think I’ve only seen him play once this season and hadn’t seen any mention of him that I can recall, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him in the squad.

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