May 7, 2019 / 11:34 AM / in 2 months

Uncapped Hutchinson, Stewart and Thomson in Scotland's World Cup training squad

(Reuters) - Scotland named uncapped trio Rory Hutchinson, Grant Stewart and Blade Thomson in their 42-man training squad for this year’s World Cup in Japan.

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Scotland v Ireland - BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Britain - February 9, 2019 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend before the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo

Coach Gregor Townsend called up Centre Rory Hutchinson after a fine season with English Premiership side Northampton Saints, while hooker Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors) and number eight Blade Thomson (Scarlets) were recalled.

“Today’s selection is a good indication of the depth and level of competition we currently have in Scotland,” Townsend said in a statement.

The group included 14 players who featured in the 31-man squad that reached the quarter-final of the 2015 tournament in England, with Townsend likely to add two more players.

“We made a conscious decision to keep squad numbers low, which enables us to do more work with those most likely to be on the plane to Japan,” Townsend added.

“We’re really excited to work with this group of players who will now compete hard for a place in the final 31-man group going to the World Cup.”

Scotland play two tests each against France and Georgia starting in August, before taking on Ireland in their World Cup Pool A opener in Yokohama on Sept. 22.

Scotland’s 42-man World Cup training squad:

FORWARDS (23)

John Barclay (Edinburgh) – 71 caps

Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 19 caps

Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) – 13 caps

Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 7 caps

Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 42 caps

Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 22 caps

Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps

Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps

Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 33 caps

Gary Graham (Newcastle Falcons) – 2 caps

Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 51 caps

Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 27 caps

Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 29 caps

Gordon Reid (London Irish) – 34 caps

Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 10 caps

Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – 5 caps

Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped

Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – uncapped

Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks) – 22 caps

Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 18 caps

George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps

Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 25 caps

Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps

BACKS (19)

Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 4 caps

Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps

Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 8 caps

Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps

Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors) – 67 caps

George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 41 caps

Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – uncapped

Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 21 caps

Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps

Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 11 caps

Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne) – 71 caps

Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 40 caps

Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 8 caps

Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 24 caps

Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh) – 27 caps

Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 44 caps

Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 50 caps

Duncan Taylor (Saracens) – 21 caps

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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