Six Nations: Italy v Scotland: four players called into training squad ahead of Rome trip

Three players drop out including the injured Sione Tuipulotu

Jamie Dobie has been called into Scotland's Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Jamie Dobie has been called into Scotland's Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTLAND head coach Gregor Townsend has called loose-head prop Rory Sutherland, tight-head prop Javan Sebastian, second-row/blindside flanker Marshall Sykes and scrum-half Jamie Dobie into his Six Nations training squad ahead of this coming weekend’s trip to Rome to play Italy in round four of the championship.

Meanwhile, WP Nel, Alex Craig and Sione Tuipulotu (who has a knee injury) have dropped out of the group.

Sutherland – who has been capped 31 times and played three Test for the Lions against Japan and South Africa in 2021 – was a surprise omission from the initial training, with Townsend explaining that he needed more game time to hit peak form with Oyannax. Since then he has managed two bench appearances for the French Top 14 side, including 32 minutes in Saturday’s narrow home loss to Montpellier.


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Sebastian has been in out of the squad this Six Nations, with a knee injury suffered in December leaving him short of game-time. He played half an hour for Edinburgh against Ospreys on Friday night, and 25 minutes against Zebre in the fallow week before the England game.

Sykes – who has one cap to his name against Tonga in the Autumn of 2021 – played 15 minutes off the bench for Edinburgh against Ospreys at the weekend, and the full 80 against Zebre a fortnight earlier.

Twice capped Dobie was not available at the start of the Six Nations because of an ankle injury suffered in November but has now played the full 80 minutes for Glasgow Warriors in their last two matches.

 


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