With his first Scotland squad to be named on Monday, incoming Head Coach Gregor Townsend has said Saturday’s 1872 Scottish Cup is “very important” in shaping his thinking.

The Scotstoun clash with Edinburgh Rugby is Townsend’s last as Glasgow Warriors Head Coach.

However, he is straight to work with Scotland and on Sunday he will be busy finalising his international squad.

He will name his touring party for the June fixtures against Italy, Australia and Fiji on Monday.

“This game is really important in finalising who we’re going to take,” he said.

“We thought about announcing it a couple of weeks ago, but thought that wouldn’t have been fair on the players who are involved in this game.

“It’s the last game of the season, we’ll know who is available in terms of injuries after this weekend, and it’s an opportunity for certain players that may be close to selection to push themselves into that final squad.

“The one positive from a Scotland perspective about neither Glasgow or Edinburgh making the play-offs is that we’ll have more time to work with the players.

“We’ll have a three-week build-up to our tour. It’ll be really exciting, we’re going to a new environment, Singapore to play Italy, then Sydney to play Australia, then on to Fiji. So six weeks working with that group of players is invaluable for us as new coaches.

“We’ll be looking to take our strongest squad.

“So after this weekend the players that are available, players that are on form, players who’ve played well for Scotland, have got the best chance of going on that tour.”

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