January 16, 2018
Tuesday 16th January 2018 saw Gregor Townsend announce his first Six Nations squad as Scotland head coach.
Following on from November wins against Samoa and Australia, as well as an agonising defeat to the All Blacks, Scotland go into the tournament on a high, but missing some big names.
With Zander Fagerson, WP Nel, Ross Ford, Allan Dell, Darryl Marfo and Al Dickinson are all injured, and Simon Berghan suspended for the opener against Wales, the front row has been an area of concern for Townsend, but Jon Welsh, Gordon Reid and Scott Lawson have all been recalled.
Elsewhere in the forwards, Worcester Warriors' Dave Denton is brought back in, having not represented Scotland since the 2016 tour in Japan.
Greig Laidlaw has been out injured since breaking his leg playing for Clermont, but Townsend has named him as one of 4 scrum-halves in the squad, with John Barclay retaining the captaincy.
Tim Visser has scored six tries from nine Premiership appearances for Harlequins this season, but Gregor Townsend has decided to include the likes of Chris Harris and Byron McGuigan instead, as he looks towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
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Scotland Six Nations 2018 fixtures:
Saturday 3rd February v Wales, Principality Stadium, Cardiff 2.15pm
Sunday 11th February v France, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh 3.00pm
Saturday 24th February v England, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh 4.45pm
Saturday 10th March v Ireland, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 2.15pm
Sunday 17th March v Italy, Stadio Olimpico, Rome 12.30pm
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