Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend has given us the lowdown on the three uncapped players he has picked for the summer tour.
D’arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors tighthead prop, 22)
“He has been very consistent this year. The form of Zander Fagerson and Sila Puafisi meant he didn’t play very often last season.
“However, a minute into the Guinness PRO12 semi-final at Connacht last year, Zander got injured and D’arcy played 79 minutes and played really well.
“That gave me confidence that he could play at the highest level. He has played much more this year. He was going to be involved last weekend [for the Warriors v Edinburgh], but he needed minor surgery which means he will be out for a couple of weeks and available for the tour.”
Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors centre, 24)
“Nick Grigg is an interesting one. Two years ago I got a message from Andy leslie, father of [ex-Scotland caps] John and Martin, talking about this player who was Scottish qualified who he thought really could make it across here.
“He looked really good at club level for Petone that we saw on his footage. He came over on a four week trial and his energy and enthusiasm was fantastic and we got him an Academy contract, part-time with Stirling County.
“The Stirling guys will tell you he was outstanding and he earned his pro contract this year. Some of his performances for Glasgow have been fantastic – tackle breaks, line breaks, tries scored, real dominance in the tackle area.
“He is in good form and has to go on that tour believing he can play Test match rugby.”
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George Turner (Edinburgh Rugby hooker, 24)
“George Turner has come through strongly this year. The feedback from a lot of people who have worked with George has been positive throughout the season.
“He didn’t get the opportunities at Edinburgh because of the standard of hooker they had, but in the last couple of weeks he has been involved and I thought he was excellent against Dragons with the speed he plays and his excellence in defence.
“He has an opportunity to go out there and take. He is suited to the kind of game we want to play.
“The three environments [Singapore, Australia and Fiji] are going to be tough. You need people who can work hard and play at a high tempo, we believe George is best suited for that.”
Gregor Townsend is pictured as he starts his new job by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT
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