Stuart McInally will Stunt Scotland at the Rugby World Cup, but There’s No place for Rory Hutchinson and centres Huw Jones.
McInally was picked before John Barclay and prior captains Greig Laidlaw to lead out the team to their opener with Ireland at Yokohama on September 22.
But head coach Gregor Townsend’s choice to leave both Glasgow center Jones and his rival kind Northampton Hutchinson from their 31-man squad is surrounded by the news.
Jones burst onto the Test scene with nine tries in his 14 appearances for the Blues but in the 18 months because he scored a sensational double over England from the 2018 Calcutta Cup win, his form for club and country has fallen off considerably.
His deficiencies in defence have also counted him out of contention, though a deficiency of experience seems to have led to the decision to leave Hutchinson behind regardless of the 23-year-old making a late bid for choice with a brace on his very first Scotland start during Saturday’s triumph in Georgia.
Together with Sam Johnson and fit-again Saracens centre Duncan Taylor Townsend has chosen to take Peter Horne – who can even fill in at 10 – along with also Chris Harris as pay.
Adam Hastings has been given the nod to celebrity guy Finn Russell in stand-off despite his ropy revealing in Nice against France .
But prop Jamie Bhatti has paid the price because of his failure to impress during the mauling imposed at the Allianz Riviera.
Simon Berghan receives a seat on the airplane according to his ability to cover either side of the scrum.
Forwards Josh Strauss, Matt Fagerson and Magnus Bradbury also miss out No 8 Blade Thomson selected on the foundation he can slot into the second row if necessary.
Lock Bradbury hasn’t featured in any way throughout the Scots’ three warm-up clashes so far due to a rib injury and his lack of action has cost him his own place, though fellow second-rower Jonny Gray and hooker Fraser Brown have both made the cut despite also sat out the double header with France and last weekend’s Tbilisi victory through trauma.
New skipper McInally, speaking as he and the remainder of the group were unveiled at Linlithgow Palace, said:”It’s a really proud moment. I wound up missing the final World Cup through injury so this makes it all the sweeter.
“The focus is on Georgia this Friday and placing in a fantastic performance until we head off.
“I’m really fortunate that there’s several players both sides of me that have captained the team before so I won’t be brief in that respect.
“We are only going to take every game that comes and try and acquire all of them. If we are able to escape the group, it’s knock-out rugby then.”
Forwards: John Barclay (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (London Irish), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (capt) (Edinburgh), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Blade Thomson (Scarlets), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).
Backs: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Chris Harris (Gloucester), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens).
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