On Wednesday 18th January, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter named his 37-man squad for the 2017 RBS Six Nations.Edinburgh, and back row Cornell Du Preez, who qualified for the country through residency rules last year.
Thanks to his impressive form for Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership this season, Matt Scott has been recalled for the first time since the tour to Japan in June 2016.
Commenting on his selection, Cotter said: "It’s a well-balanced and exciting group that have played a lot of rugby together, know each other well and are ambitious to do well in a Scotland jersey.
“I think if we get our mind-set right we can be competitive and push for wins in every game in this campaign.”
“When you look down the list of names from Greig Laidlaw as captain, a solid locking group that’s been together for a while, a familiar group of loose forwards who have played consistently well for their clubs, with John Hardie expected to return to fitness shortly.
“The backline gives us a little versatility with Huw Jones able to play several positions, as can Duncan Taylor, Duncan Weir returns alongside Finn [Russell] who’ll be working to run games, with settled back-three options available to us once again.”
The 2017 tournament will be the last in charge for Vern Cotter, who will leave the Scotland role at the end of the season to take over at Montpellier, and he will be replaced in the national squad job by Glasgow Warriors head coach (and Scotland legend) Gregor Townsend.