Finn Russell Rugby World Cup: Scotland name Sean Maitland and Blade Thomson in squad

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Kiwis Sean Maitland, Simon Berghan and Blade Thomson have been included in Scotland’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has named a squad comprising 13 players with previous World Cup experience, and has elected to name Stuart McInally as his captain.

Finn Russell Scotland wing Sean Maitland, left, pictured tackling Ireland's Jonny Sexton during a Six Nations match last year, has been included in his adopted country's 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

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Scotland wing Sean Maitland, left, pictured tackling Ireland’s Jonny Sexton during a Six Nations match last year, has been included in his adopted country’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Experienced wing Maitland represented the Crusaders before moving to Scotland in 2012 and has been a regular fixture of the test team in the years that have followed. He has played 35 tests.

Thomson, a former Hurricanes player, made his test debut for Scotland against France last month. Despite boasting just one cap Thomson’s versatility will be valuable for Townsend, given he can cover lock, blindside flanker and No 8.

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Both Maitland and Thomson represented New Zealand age-group teams before being rewarded with Super Rugby contracts at their respective clubs.

Finn Russell Blade Thomson only made his debut for Scotland against France last month but is included in the squad.

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Blade Thomson only made his debut for Scotland against France last month but is included in the squad.

Maitland now represents English premiership club Saracens, while Thomson is contracted to Welsh club Scarlets.

Berghan, 28, is a specialist tighthead prop from Christchurch who was in the Canterbury rugby academy before signing for Edinburgh in 2014.

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