Johnny Matthews called up for Scotland summer tour – Adam Hastings and Huw Jones pull out

Gregor Townsend's side will kick-off their four match schedule in South America with a non-cap game against Chile next Saturday

Johnny Matthews has been called into Scotland's summer tour squad. Image: © Craig Watson -
Johnny Matthews has been called into Scotland's summer tour squad. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW WARRIORS hooker Johnny Matthews has been called up to the Scotland squad which will your Georgia and Argentina during the next month.

Meanwhile, Gloucester stand-off Adam Hastings and Glasgow Warriors utility-back Huw Jones have pulled out of the tour due to hamstring and back injuries respectively.

Liverpool born Matthew’s first came to prominence in Scotland playing in the Premiership with Boroughmuir during the 2017-18 season. He signed for Warriors, initially on a short-term deal in September 2019, and this has been a breakthrough season for the 28-year-old, who scored nine tries in 19 appearances for the club, including a hat-trick against Zebre in April. He twice picked up the McCrea Warrior of the Month award, last September and in April.

Scotland’s summer tour schedule will kick-off next Saturday with a non-cap match against Chile in Santiago, followed by three full Tests against Argentina over the next three Saturdays.

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  1. One notable omission from Scotland’s 2022 summer tour party could be the President. Yep – the one and only President Ian Barr.

    Such elected officials normally accompany the tour. The last Scotland tour to Argentina included incumbent President Jim Stevenson (a Glasgow City Council employee) plus Mrs Stevenson from Cambuslang.

    Could this situation be payback for the diligent efforts of a highly successful businessman / farmer from Lasswade, who has personally led the way to a re-structured governance set-up at EH12, in the process leaving a few big red Murrayfield noses out of joint – and potentially out of the trough….. We should be told!

  2. Are Scotland waiting (hoping) for Eddie Jones not to pick Arundell and Dingwall and offering them a wee trip to South America??

  3. Has Fin Smith been called up?
    1 hooker for 2 backs doesn’t seem right.
    I know GS can’t do anything about injuries but we’re now down 2 attacking backs replaced by 1 albeit in-form hooker. Can’t quite work out the logic behind this.

  4. Both boys being out is a big blow to Scotland, however just means a huge opportunity for Kinghorn Thompson and Smith, I’d have thought VDW would’ve been an interesting choice (I still think he’d be a very useful 12)

  5. The strong building blocks that Linden and Cotter built must be down to the last one to be destroyed by Townsends clueless inexperienced management.

    • Interesting comment.
      Vern won 9 out of 26 against what I call first class opposition
      Gregor has won 20 out of 41. I think Gregors record stands only second to Sir Ian.

      • Vern Cotter won 19 of 36 matches in charge of Scotland and was within a whisker of getting to the 2015 World Cup Semi
        He also doesn’t seem to have had the same disciplinary issues on or off the field which have dogged Townshend. His Glasgow sides were card happy and we’ve finished another dismal 6N with the worst disciplinary record in many years…and if you think Townsend will stop us getting knocked out at group stages in TWO successive WC then I deffo want some of what you have been inhaling!

    • Interesting comment. From my records Vern won 9 out of 26 matches against what I call first class nations. Gregor won 20 out of 41.
      Anything approaching 50% win ration as a coach or player is outstanding.

      • Yes, absolutely. Also, it’s fine to criticise the current coaching setup but please, do we have to keep harking back to Vern? Have people really just forgotten the winless wooden spoon and the utter lamping we got at Twickenham?

  6. Bad news for Scotland, re Hastings injury in particular. Means that Blair Kinghorn will start at least two of the Argentina tests, in the absence of Russell and now Hastings.
    I am sure that Bofelli will tell his team mates all about BK’s defensive “strengths”.
    With a large number of the Pumas playing well for European clubs, particularly in the T14, this tour is starting to look like the wheels are coming off before it starts.

  7. Why have they brought in one hooker for two backs? Could at least bring in Forbes and Suvala for the A game.


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