Uncapped duo named in Scotland Six Nations squad
Winger Dougie Fife and flanker Chris Fusaro amongst 36-strong selection
Glasgow Warriors flanker Chris Fusaro in action during the Heineken Cup clash against Exeter at Sandy Park. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA
Edinburgh winger Fife is called up for the first time, while Glasgow flanker Fusaro will hope to make his first appearance after failing to see action during the autumn Tests.
The squad contains 16 Glasgow Warriors, 11 from Edinburgh and nine exiles.
Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: “We’ve been watching Dougie closely.
“He’s worked hard over the last 12 months, from being part of the A squad this time last year to becoming a first-choice selection at Edinburgh Rugby, and now to becoming a proven try scorer in the Rabo. He deserves this selection.
“We do have competition in the backrow and there are other players knocking on the door who may feature for the Scotland A team against England Saxons at the end of this month.
“Chris Fusaro had a terrific game in the Heineken Cup at the weekend and I’ve been impressed by just how explosive some of our backrow contenders have been in their club sides.”
Johnson made clear the squad announced is for next week’s training which will take place primarily at the Heriot-Watt University campus on the western outskirts of Edinburgh.
“We will announce an A squad next week for the match against England Saxons at Scotstoun at the end of the month and, as I see it, a number of players could yet force their way into the senior squad during the Six Nations,” he said.
Scotland open their Six Nations campaign with a game against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday February 2nd.
SCOTLAND (Squad for Six Nations) – Backs: C Cusiter (Glasgow), N De Luca (Edinburgh), A Dunbar (Glasgow), M Evans (Castres), D Fife (Edinburgh), S Hogg (GlasgoW), R Jackson (Glasgow), S Lamont (Glasgow), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), S Maitland (Glasgow), M Scott (Edinburgh), T Seymour (Glasgow), D Taylor (Saracens), G Tonks (Edinburgh), D Weir (Glasgow).
Forwards: J Beattie (Montpellier), K Brown (Saracens), G Cross (Edinburgh), D Denton (Edinburgh), A Dickinson (Edinburgh), R Ford (Edinburgh), C Fusaro (Glasgow), G Gilchrist (Edinburgh), R Grant (Glasgow), J Gray (Glasgow), R Gray (Castres), J Hamilton (Montpellier), R Harley (Glasgow), S Lawson (Newcastle), K Low (London Irish), M Low (Glasgow), P MacArthur (Glasgow), R Rennie (Edinburgh), A Strokosch (Perpignan), T Swinson (Glasgow), R Wilson (Glasgow).