Matt Fagerson and Sam Skinner added to Scotland Six Nations squad

Both players were unavailable due to injury at the start of the championship but have been able to get some game time with their club under their belts

Sam Skinner (middle) and Matt Fagerson (right) have been called up to the Scotland squad. Image: © Craig Watson -
Sam Skinner (middle) and Matt Fagerson (right) have been called up to the Scotland squad. Image: © Craig Watson -

GREGOR TOWNSEND has added Exeter Chiefs second-row Sam Skinner and Glasgow Warriors back-row Matt Fagerson to his Six Nations squad ahead of next Saturday’s crucial round three clash against Italy in Rome.

The pair did not make a cut originally because of injury. Skinner was on the verge of making his comeback from a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the World Cup while Fagerson had a broken rib, but both have now managed to get game-time under their belts.

Skinner, in particular, will be a strong contender for selection in the second-row, after Jonny Gray was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a hand injury. He will compete for selection against Scott Cummings, Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist.  Uncapped Alex Craig, a former Scotland Under-20s representative, has been released back to Gloucester.

Richie Gray has not played for Toulouse since he missed out on the original squad because he was recovering from a head knock.

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  1. Still no explanation why FR went home on the Sunday night or missed training on the Monday. He may have legitimate issues bit his way was not the best way

  2. Another GT vote of confidence in a promising young player – bin him. What a confidence booster!
    Hutchinson must be wondering why he ever opted for Scotland and Taylor is another hero to zero in the Townsend Handicap Stakes.

  3. I hope the press don’t just drop asking awkward questions around the Finn Russell affair. His absence is a disaster for Scottish rugby. For the first time in years we have a genuinely special word class player and Scotland supporters, including youngsters, have been denied the chance of watching him play for his country. I hope the clubs really take the SRU to task over this as the leadership is destroying value. What self respecting CEO allows their biggest asset to be devalued and ignore the wishes of their customers? The SRU is losing goodwill and I hope the clubs remind the leadership of their responsibility and it isn’t to uphold personal grudges, to be pig-headed (my way or the highway is not a position that would work in any arbitration scenario) and it certainly isn’t to feather their own nests.

    • Totally agree. The sru leadership has had a torid 12 months and they are in the spotlight of Scottish rugby supporters like never before.

    • JW Read John Barclay’s views to see if he feels Finn Russell is being childish – he clearly has a great deal of sympathy for Finn’s position.

    • While you are correct in saying that Barclay has sympathy for Russell, he also states in his article that Townsend cannot make an exception for a player, that’s not how you build a culture.
      Russell has chosen this path. While I don’t think he is acting childishly, it’s hard to imagine a worse way this has played out. I understand that he says he doesn’t enjoy being in the Scotland camp but there are better ways of making his opinion known than ignoring the drinking rules made by his teammates, no-showing a training/meeting and then choosing to leave camp before explaining himself to his teammates. But even all that I could understand as him being frustrated and angry with the situation. It’s the deliberate decision to give an interview that sabotaged any chance of reconciliation, knowing that he was going to speak to Townsend later that week, that makes it difficult to feel sympathy for Russell.

    • Russell has no option but to put his side of the story out. The SRU had thrown him under the bus – I’m not sure why because without our best player we are being subject to the same mediocre predictable performances. Two defeats against a poor Ireland side and England and home are not acceptable. A dreadful World Cup in an environment described as Calvinistic by the Times. Coaches coach, Players play and the best players have to be given the freedom to play the way they see it – not play by numbers. The fact that Finn can read a position and play what’s in front of him to an extent we mere mortals can only dream about should be cherished if we are to progress. It’s all to do with power and nothing to do with discipline . Did any one else feel the irony of Stuart Hogg announcing that he would’ve having a few beers on the coach after yesterday’s win. It sounded like he was intending to have more than two.

    • He is still injured, but why would you want to pick someone who doesn’t get selected for his club side ? Even when he is healthy Gray only makes the bench for Toulouse’s big games.

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