Finn Russell Huw Jones left out as Scotland squad named for Rugby World Cup

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Finn Russell Scotland Coach, Gregor Townsend and team captain Stuart McInally pictured with the Scotland team after the squad announcement at Linlithgow Palace.
Scotland Coach, Gregor Townsend and team captain Stuart McInally pictured with the Scotland team after the squad announcement at Linlithgow Palace.

Huw Jones is the big-name omission from Scotland’s World Cup squad, while rookie centre Rory Hutchinson has also missed out on a place in Gregor Townsend’s selection.

Stuart McInally has been picked to captain the side for their opener with Ireland in Yokohama on September 22, ahead of former skippers Greig Laidlaw and John Barclay.

But the major news surrounds head coach Townsend’s decision to leave both Glasgow centre Jones and his midfield rival form Northampton, Hutchinson, out of the 31-man squad.

Jones burst onto the Test scene with 10 tries in his first 14 appearances for the Dark Blues, but in the 18 months since he scored a sensational double in the 2018 Calcutta Cup win over England his form for club and country has dropped off considerably.

His deficiencies in defence have also counted against him, while a lack of experience appears to have contributed to the decision to leave Hutchinson behind, despite the 23-year-old making a late bid for selection with a brace on his first Scotland start during Saturday’s win in Georgia.

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