Scotland summer tour schedule announced

Gregor Townsend's side will play four matches in a 21-day window during July against Canada, USA, Chile and then Uruguay.

The last of Scotland's four summer tour matches will be against Uruguay in Montevideo on 27th July. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
The last of Scotland's four summer tour matches will be against Uruguay in Montevideo on 27th July. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND’S summer tour will consist of four matches in a 21-day window during July against Canada, USA, Chile and then Uruguay.

“Having the ability to play four games on this year’s summer tour is a brilliant opportunity for us,” said Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend. “It will enable us to spend added time working with a wider group of players, building more cohesion with our squad and also giving more players experiences of preparing for and playing Test match rugby.

“With the travel demands and contrasting styles of rugby from the four nations we face, we will be challenged on and off the field to deliver quality performances. Touring is a great way for a group to build closer bonds and I’m sure we’ll see new players come through and thrive in our environment.”

Summer Tour Fixture List (kick-off times and broadcast information still to be confirmed):

  • Saturday 6 July: Canada v Scotland, TD Place, Ottawa
  • Friday 12 July: USA v Scotland, Audi Field, Washington DC
  • Saturday 20 July: Chile v Scotland, Estadio Nacional, Santiago
  • Saturday 27 July: Uruguay v Scotland, Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo

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18 Comments

  1. 4 wins, new coach bedded in, chance for Currie, Thompson, Dobie, Muncaster, Samuels, McBeth to have a run out.

    Successfull tour

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    • Has Muncaster earned an international call up? I’d say Boyle is more deserving. Give Bayliss, Christie, Crosbie & Bradbury more gametime together would be my preference. Rest Ritchie, Dempsey, Fagerson.

  2. Is this so that Toony can get his win rate back up. Although no guarantees as we have already lost to the USA and Fiji undrr his watch.

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  3. Hopefully a chance for a new coach to look at new options. GT will look do his usual of dropping players who excel and continually picking his underperforming favourites. He’s been a massive upgrade on the charlatan Cotter but he isn’t getting best out of a group that in a couple of years will be replaced by a bunch who are barely capable of pro rugby let alone tier 1. To not have even challenged for a title with the like of Horne Russell Graham Jones Hutchison Watson Schoeman etc is scandalous.

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  4. I think it would be better to give the players
    a rest rather than embark on a tour of 4 countries and 2 continents

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  5. I’ll be surprised if Townsend is still in charge for this. Give most of the regulars a rest, blood some new players and build for the future.

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  6. Are we not touring North America because none of the Tier 1 wanted us? Its been nicely refrained as us doing our bit for Tier 2 development.
    Maybe comes again nice time though

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    • It might just make sense for Scotland to tour North America this year rather than next given the Lions tour and the effects that has on depth of the relevant nations.

      Remember also that USA are hosting 2031, it is a chance for the younger player who will be around for that tournament to experience playing in that enviroment.

  7. A development tour, ideal for a new coach to test some of the fringe players and build a new team for RWC 2027

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  8. To all who think this is yet another year where Scotland line up against vastly inferior teams so we can get a few glory wins, blood a few players and develop strategies I can sympathise.

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    We lost to the USA, I believe the only ‘tier 1’ (if we can still legitimately be called that) nation to have done so. The will target us again.

    We won’t climb the world rankings, or improve, without playing the big teams.

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    • Agree – how can we develop and compete against the best without regular exposure to matches against the top tier. This kind of tour can only be justified if we take and blood youngsters and the upcoming generation.

  9. The reference in the article to “Gregor Townsend’s side” touring is interesting and a bit of an assumption. Should it prove to be the case, it certainly gives him the opportunity for what should be, on paper and ranking basis, some easy wins which will distort interpretation of the Wins ratio statistics in the future.

    Whatever transpires, I hope the team and squad learn the habit of consistently playing the whole of each game to their full potential and being competitive, which does not necessarily mean that they will win every game, but will be a much awaited and needed improvement.

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  10. The reference in the article to “Gregor Townsend’s side” touring is interesting and a bit of an assumption. Should it prove to be the case, it certainly gives him the opportunity for what should be, on paper and ranking basis, some easy wins which will distort interpretation of the Wins ratio statistics in the future.

    Whatever transpires, I hope the team and squad learn the habit of consistently playing the whole of each game to their full potential and being competitive, which does not necessarily mean that they will win every game, but will be a much awaited and needed improvement.

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  11. do we know if these have all been confirmed as full test matches carrying the appropriate world ranking points? chile and uruguay certainly deserve as much after their world cup performances

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    • Gerrymandering, isn’t that what summer tours all about? – the chance for some inexperienced players to make their mark? And hopefully polish a few diamonds?
      Benefits the tier 2 nations as well.
      Something that will be lost in the future when this new nations league comes into being…..

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