VERN COTTER HAS begun his new life as the head coach of Scotland by naming a 43-man double squad for a hectic Test schedule next month.
The former Clermont boss has included six uncapped players in his selection; Glasgow Warriors’ Gordon Reid, Alex Allan, Kevin Bryce and Finn Russell, London Irish flanker Blair Cowan, and Edinburgh scrum-half Grayson Hart.
The first of the Scotland squads will take on the US in Houston on the 7th of June and Canada in Toronto on the 14th of June, while the second group will travel to face Argentina on the 20th and South Africa on the 28th.
Gordon Reid, Pat MacArthur, Kevin Bryce, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Grant Gilchrist, Alex Dunbar, Sean Maitland and Stuart Hogg are the nine players who will undertake the entire four-Test tour, but the other 36 will only be involved for two games each.
Scotland are currently ranked 10th in the world by the IRB, and won just once in the 2014 Six Nations.
“I’m very much looking forward to starting work with the Scotland players as we begin our 16-match countdown to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England,” said Cotter.
Scotland squad for the Tests v USA and Canada
Forwards: Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan, Geoff Cross (both London Irish), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Richie Gray (Castres), Jim Hamilton (Montpellier), Scott Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), Kieran Low (London Irish), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan), Kyle Traynor (Bristol Rugby).
Backs: Chris Cusiter (Sale Sharks), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Max Evans (Castres), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester), Sean Lamont, Sean Maitland (both Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby).
Scotland squad for Tests v Argentina and South Africa
Forwards: Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors), Geoff Cross (London Irish), David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford (all Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray, Rob Harley (both Glasgow Warriors), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Pat MacArthur, Gordon Reid (both Glasgow Warriors), Tim Swinson, Jon Welsh (both Glasgow Warriors).
Backs: Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Dougie Fife, Grayson Hart (both Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne (both Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (London Wasps), Sean Maitland, Peter Murchie, Henry Pyrgos, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Weir (all Glasgow Warriors).