Robinson names six debutants in Scotland's Six Nations squad

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has named a 36-man squad for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations, featuring six uncapped players.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has named a 36-man squad for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations, featuring six uncapped players.

Robinson will bid to improve on two wins in 10 Six Nations fixtures when Scotland begin the tournament with the Calcutta Cup opener against England at Murrayfield on February 4.

All 28 available players from the 30-man Rugby World Cup squad have been selected – Chris Paterson and Nathan Hines have retired since the tournament in New Zealand.

The six uncapped players are Edinburgh wing Lee Jones, 19-year-old full-back Stuart Hogg and his Glasgow Warriors team-mates Duncan Weir and Robert Harley, who play at fly-half and in the back-row, respectively.

Sale Sharks’ flanker/lock Fraser McKenzie has also been included alongside 20-year-old London Irish centre Steven Shingler.

The capped players who did not travel to the World Cup but were named today are David Denton and Greig Laidlaw.

Shingler is a surprise selection. He was born in Swansea, joined London Irish from Scarlets at the start of this season and qualifies for Scotland through his Dumfries-born mother, Jeanette.

Scotland squad for RBS 6 Nations:

Backs: J Ansbro (London Irish), M Blair (Edinburgh), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), S Danielli (Ulster), N De Luca (Edinburgh), M Evans (Castres), S Hogg, R Jackson (both Glasgow Warriors), L Jones, G Laidlaw (both Edinburgh), R Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), S Lamont (Scarlets), R Lawson (Gloucester), G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), D Parks (Cardiff Blues), S Shingler (London Irish) and D Weir (Glasgow Warriors)

Forwards: J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens), G Cross, D Denton (both Edinburgh Rugby), A Dickinson (Sale Sharks), R Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), R Gray, D Hall (both Glasgow Warriors), J Hamilton (Gloucester), R Harley (Glasgow Warriors), A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), F McKenzie (Sale Sharks), E Murray (Newcastle Falcons), R Rennie (Edinburgh Rugby), A Strokosch (Gloucester) and R Vernon (Sale Sharks).

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