Scotland call up Sharks’ Richardson


Dylan Richardson performed for the Sharks towards the touring British and Irish Lions in July

Scotland have chosen South Africa-born Sharks back-row Dylan Richardson for a two-day coaching camp earlier than their first autumn worldwide.

The 22-year-old has spent his complete profession on the Durban-based franchise, however qualifies for Scotland by way of his father.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has referred to as up 14 uncapped gamers in whole.

Scotland start their autumn programme towards Tonga at Murrayfield on Saturday, 30 October.

The Take a look at falls outdoors World Rugby’s worldwide window, so Scotland gamers primarily based in England in France is not going to characteristic as their golf equipment are below no obligation to launch them.

Captain Stuart Hogg, front-line fly-halves Finn Russell and Adam Hastings, lock Jonny Grey, prop Rory Sutherland and wing Duhan van der Merwe shall be amongst these unavailable.

The Scots host Australia, world champions South Africa and Japan on consecutive weekends with all gamers at Townsend’s disposal.

The preliminary camp, which convenes on Sunday, options three British and Irish Lions in scrum-half Ali Value, flanker Hamish Watson and prop Zander Fagerson, every of whom toured South Africa throughout the summer season.

Nineteen members of the squad have been because of embark on a three-match summer season programme which was cancelled because of a Covid-19 outbreak.

Among the many new faces, South Africa-born Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman has accomplished his residency interval to qualify for Scotland, and together with Richardson, might face the nation of his delivery in November.

The latter, whose father was born in Edinburgh, has been capped by South Africa at Below-20 degree and performed towards the touring Lions in July. He might be deployed at hooker in addition to within the back-row.

Latest Glasgow signing Sione Tuipulotu might make his Scotland debut towards Tonga, the place his father is from.

Warriors team-mate Rory Darge has made a vastly spectacular begin to the marketing campaign and can also be in line for a Take a look at bow, alongside fellow Glasgow males Cole Forbes, Rufus McLean, Jamie Dobie and Ross Thompson.

Edinburgh’s Luke Crosbie, Jamie Hodgson, Matt Currie, Charlie Savala, Marshall Sykes and Jack Blain are additionally vying for first worldwide outings.

“With 4 powerful Take a look at matches forward of us it is crucial we deliver gamers collectively early, join with them as coaches and allow them to develop as a gaggle earlier than the marketing campaign will get below method,” mentioned Townsend.

“We’re happy with the depth we’re in a position to name upon to make up this coaching squad and it supplies a real alternative for gamers to place their hand up for choice to the complete Autumn Nations Sequence squad.”

Scotland squad

Forwards: Jamie Bhatti, Fraser Brown, Luke Crosbie, Rory Darge, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Nick Haining, Rob Harley, Jamie Hodgson, Oli Kebble, Murray McCallum, Stuart McInally, Dylan Richardson, Jamie Ritchie, Pierre Schoeman, Marshall Sykes, George Turner.

Backs: Mark Bennett, Jack Blain, Matt Currie, Jamie Dobie, Cole Forbes, Darcy Graham, George Horne, Damien Hoyland, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, James Lang, Rufus McLean, Ali Value, Charlie Savala, Kyle Steyn, Ross Thompson, Sione Tuipulotu.

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