Stuart McInally will captain Scotland at the Rugby World Cup, but there is no place for Rory Hutchinson and centres Huw Jones.
McInally was picked before John Barclay and captains Greig Laidlaw to direct the team out for their opener with Ireland.
Nevertheless, the news encircles head coach Gregor Townsend’s choice to leave both Glasgow centre Jones along with his rival type Northampton Hutchinson from this 31-man squad.
Jones burst onto the Test scene with nine tries in his first 14 appearances for the Lady but at the 18 months because he scored a double over England at the 2018 Calcutta Cup triumph, his kind for club and country has dropped considerably.
His deficiencies in defence have also counted him out of contention, though a deficiency of experience seems to have contributed to the choice to depart Hutchinson behind despite the 23-year-old creating a late bid for choice with a brace on his very first Scotland beginning during Saturday’s triumph in Georgia.
With Saracens centre Duncan Taylor and Sam Johnson of Warriors the major duo to begin from the midfield, Townsend has chosen to take Peter Horne – that will fill in 10 – and Chris Harris as cover.
Adam Hastings has been given the nod as back-up to star man Finn Russell in stand-off even though his ropy revealing against France three weeks ago.
But prop Jamie Bhatti gets now paid the price for his failure to impress during the mauling inflicted upon his side in the Allianz Riviera, together with Townsend choosing to take looseheads Allan Dell along with Gordon Reid plus Willem Nel and Zander Fagerson’s set.
Simon Berghan also receives a seat on the airplane based on his ability.
Forwards Josh Strauss, Matt Fagerson and Magnus Bradbury miss No 8 Blade Thomson selected with Scarlets out.
Lock Bradbury hasn’t featured at all during the Scots’ three warm-up clashes so far because of rib injury as well as his lack of action has cost him his position, though fellow second-rower Jonny Gray along with hooker Fraser Brown have both made the cut despite being also walked out that the double header with France and final weekend Tbilisi victory through trauma.
New skipper McInally, talking as he and the remainder of the group were unveiled at Linlithgow Palace, explained:”It’s a very proud moment. I ended up missing the World Cup through injury so that makes it all the sweeter.
“The focus is firmly on Georgia that Friday and putting in a fantastic performance until we head off.
“I am very fortunate that there is several players either side of me that have captained the team before so I will not be brief in that regard.
“We are only going to take each game that comes and try and win them all. If we can escape this group, it’s knock-out rugby after that.”
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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