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Russell absent from Scotland Autumn Nations Series squad

Russell absent from Scotland Autumn Nations Series squad

Finn Russell

Finn Russell has been left out of Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series squad, with Blair Kinghorn in contention to start at fly-half.

The Racing 92 star was not available for the first match against Australia, which falls outside the Test window, but could have been selected for fixtures against Fiji, New Zealand and Argentina.

Gregor Townsend has named Edinburgh Rugby flanker Jamie Ritchie as captain for the Autumn Nations Series and he will be joined in the back row by new call-up Jack Dempsey.

The 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors No.8 has previously made 14 appearances for Australia, but qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather and was eligible to switch allegiance to another country following a three-year cooling off period under World Rugby’s birthright transfer rules.

Veteran lock Richie Gray has also been called up and will look to add to his 67 caps, with the last of those arriving in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

Edinburgh Rugby duo WP Nel and Nick Haining have returned to the squad having featured in this year’s Guinness Six Nations after missing out on selection for the summer tour of Argentina.

In the backs, Gloucester Rugby’s Chris Harris and Adam Hastings are included after the latter was ruled out of the tour through injury. Hastings will compete with Kinghorn and Ross Thompson in the battle for the number 10 jersey.

Veteran full-back Stuart Hogg returns to the squad alongside centre Cameron Redpath, has not played since Test rugby since Six Nations, when he suffered an injury against Wales.

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Scotland Autumn Nations Series Squad


Ewan Ashman (Sale Sharks) 4 caps
Josh Bayliss (Bath Rugby) 3 caps
Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 22 caps
Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) 7 caps
Andy Christie (Saracens) 3 caps
Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby) 2 caps
Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) 23 caps
Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped
Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 24 caps
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 50 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) 55 caps
Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) 69 caps
Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) 67 caps
Nick Haining (Edinburgh Rugby) 11 caps
WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) 48 caps
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – CAPTAIN – 32 caps
Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 12 caps
Sam Skinner (Edinburgh Rugby) 22 caps
Rory Sutherland (Ulster Rugby) 20 caps
George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) 27 caps
Murphy Walker (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped
Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) 51 caps


Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby) 27 caps
Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) 29 caps
Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby) 36 caps
Adam Hastings (Gloucester Rugby) 26 caps
Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) 93 caps
George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) 17 caps
Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby) 4 caps
Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 34 caps
Stafford McDowall (Glasgow Warriors) uncapped
Rufus McLean (Glasgow Warriors) 3 caps
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 54 caps
Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby) 2 caps
Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors) 1 cap
Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) 5 caps
Ross Thompson (Glasgow Warriors) 3 caps
Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) 7 caps
Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby) 19 caps
Ben White (London Irish) 6 caps

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