Scotland squad update: Ally Miller called up called up ahead of Ireland clash

Glasgow Warriors second-rows Alex Samuel and Max Williamson come in to train with the group

Ally Miller called into Scotland's Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Ally Miller called into Scotland's Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS back-rower Ally Miller has been called into Scotland’s training squad ahead of next Saturday’s Six Nations round five clash against Ireland in Dublin.

The 27-year-old flanker has played 11 games for Warriors this season, showcasing the pace and eye for a gap he honed whilst representing Scotland on the international sevens circuit when scoring back-to-back tries against Bayonne and Edinburgh during December.

Glasgow Warriors second-rows Alex Samuel and Max Williamson – both aged 21 with eight and 10 pro appearances to their name respectively – have been called in to train with the squad.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson, Edinburgh second-row Glen Young and Glasgow loose-head prop Jamie Bhatti have dropped out of the squad. It is understood that Watson’s departure is a selection call while the other two are due to injury.

 

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Six Nations: round four takeaways

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21 Comments

  1. Sadly I think this weekend’s match will be one to watch from behind the couch, for two reasons. We cant play for 80 minutes and have pretty much collapsed in 3 of our last 4 second halves in the Six Nations. Furthermore, we are totally spooked by Ireland and rarely get close to delivering anything near to our best against them. Mentally stuffed. The last 3 matches against them in particular have been extremely poor. Not to mention the fact Ireland are a slightly wounded animal and will be out for blood this weekend. I am really praying we give them a game but I genuinely fear we might ship 40-50 points. If im right then its surely time for a change.

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    • You would think so, but Ireland took a physical beating against England, and they also have had recent lapses like the twenty-minute lapse they had in the second half against Wales. So, they’re not exactly firing on all cylinders like they were against Italy. They are indeed at home and it’s very close to St Patrick’s Day so you would think that their tails will be up. However, our lads will surely be out to prove something!

    • Yes I agree, it’s likely to be a very difficult experience. 2 wins at the end of a championship that promised so much is a really poor return. I don’t agree with knee jerk responses to fluctuations in form but I don’t see any evidence Townsend can continue developing this squad and it is surely the time to look for fresh faces. That might be difficult with a CEO working out his notice though.

      • I think some of the vitriol against Townsend from sections of our support is way over the top. Toonie has been responsible for some good things as Scotland head coach overall, but also he has of course had his failings. Most notably his complete inability to put out a matchday 23 that can actually beat Ireland, this has been even more highlighted by the fact we have had to play them in back to back World Cups and have taken 2 pastings. Unfortunately for Gregor if we take yet another Irish pasting in Dublin this weekend then surely even he will step back and ask the question if there is anything more he can do with this current group of players. The likely outcome is that by the weekend we will have lost 10 out of 10 matches against Ireland under Townsend which is simply unacceptable. They are of course overall a better side than Scotland but for gods sake they are not 10 wins in a row better.

    • Afraid I feel the same and am not sure I can bring myself to watch, was in Rome and very disappointed. Really not sure what instructions were given to Kinghorn

  2. Oh please!! Watson?….Like bringing back a 32 yr old who hadn’t played well for Scotland 2 1/2 yrs is suddenly going to change fortunes. He’d get mullered by the Irish forwards.
    Seems like a nice bloke and there was a 2/3 yr period where he played very well and got into lions squad…but he is done at test level….need to move on.

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    • I disagree and the fact he is 32 is irrelevant. The Mish is no older than the majority of Irish forwards he will be facing and is in fact 3 years younger than Peter Omahony (and no one is thinking he is too old). Sure, he has not reached the form of 2021 when he was voted player of the championship but who in the forwards has? On the big Jim show he believes he is in the shape of his life. But hey, Gregor couldn’t be wrong, I mean it’s not as if he has a history of poor selections………….

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  3. Ally Miller won’t play Saturday, he is training fodder, why send Watson home?. Watson was for years our best tackling forward ,I think he went 2 or 3 x 6 nations without missing one. He was top drawer at jackalling and his pinballing style often gained us many yards while all the rest flopped into contact after 2 yards. Sure age and injury have seen his form drop but given how many chances the other forwards have had after numerous anonymous performances surely he too deserves his opportunity. Darge has failed to show that captaincy raises his game. Dempsey continues to display quality despite his injury and Christie bookended a good performance with a few errors. After many false starts Ritchie showed an eagerness when he came on last Saturday. Regardless of how the forwards capitulated , I think Townsend will stick with the same pack and hope a rollicking in the review will invigorate them – It won’t and it pains me to say it but Ireland by 40.

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  4. Scotland were poor at the world cup…folded in 2nd half in both games v RSA and Ireland.The team has carried this go AWOL for 50 mins in every game since,we play well thru the phases for first quarter, then switch off both in physicality and mentally.Back row has been non event for months and playing the Circus rugby via Russell just doesn’t put points on the scoreboard.We are supposed to have the best 10 in the world, but we dont score from 28th min over Italy till 75th…when we actually start playing controlled phase Rugby.
    Finn hardly makes a line break now…a is happy just shipping it or drink kicking to the wings…looks good,but not enough to even trouble Ireland this weekend.

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  5. Most if the team had a poor game except Dempsey and Horne. We need to stop imploding in the second half. Need a strong leader. The back row apart from Dempsey were awful. Bring back Watson. Kinghorn out of position allowed for two chip tries. They will have to be 110% better to cope with Irelands power and drive.

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    • Horne? Really he was by no means the worst but was all over the place, zero game management and control. Great impact sub but never a starter, White straight back in this week.

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    • Kinghorn wasn’t out of position, he was in the defensive line, exactly where he was meant to be. George Horne was the sweeper, he wasn’t out of position either but was beaten by a fortuitous bounce for Italy.
      The second kick through was down Steyn’s wing, but was very well spotted by the Italian kicker. Play the blame game if you really must but it seems more like you’re having a tantrum and blindly lashing out. Lose with a bit of dignity on those occasions it happens.
      Ps Are you one of the ‘fat old men ‘ Kinghorn referred to in the Netflix doc?

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      • At the first try Kinghorn was wide on the right, very wide, was he told to cover for VdM? At the second chip through he had charged forward and was beyond the Italian who kicked, I’m sure that wasn’t planned but he was absent to cover

  6. Watson is nice guy who works hard but he has his limitations. His passing and preparedness to distribute is poor and he is not big enough to be an effective ball carrier. He frustrates with the same head down one or two meter charges when I would like to see him vary his game and off-load more.

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  7. Need heavyweight ball carriers in Dublin. Cummings and Gilchrist at lock. Sykes at 6, Christie at 7 +Dempsey 8? Not sure this a game for Darge. McDowell at 12. Will have a better chance of stopping Aki/Henshaw than Redpath. I’m sure he will pick Kinghorn again, but he owes Scotland a really big game

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    • Scott Cummings seemed to be tripping over backwards at every breakdown and Grant Gilchrist always seems ready to greet. Mind you!!!
      I don’t know if these guys really are “heavyweight ball carriers” Very good test players given the right role but we need bared teeth and aggression against “the best team in the world “

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      • It’s a real shame we lost Cam Henderson to injury ore tournament, he’s exactly the type of young dynamic lock we need.
        2 young Glasgow boys looks good but they need to get past Gray and Cummings to start the big games. Player bottleneck again an issue.

  8. Feel like we’ve missed Watson fora long time now.He was so humble when interviewed but he did say he feels he still have something to offer at international level and I feel most supporter’s would agree with him.I personally would love to see him playing for scotlsnd

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    • Bit of a beast to bring off the bench. Would think Dublin would be a place for guys like Meesh who have been over the course tbh. You have to wonder if he’s been dropped for his comments in the online interview but surely our coaching staff would see the bigger picture?!

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  9. Dropping Watson from squad is imho unbelievable. Darge has done nothing this championship and Watson putting in mom performances for Edinburgh. We need some of Watson’s hardness and tenacity to stem the Irish breakdown. Seems he has now fallen out of favour ala Bradbury,and confined to the wilderness

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    • A crying shame Hamish Watson is not in the team. Very few give his 100% commitment. He has all the attributes that Gary Armstrong showed. All the best Hamish. You deserve better.

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