14 selected for France 2023

14 selected for France 2023

Fourteen Edinburgh Rugby players will represent Scotland in France this summer as national team Head Coach Gregor Townsend today named his squad for the tournament which kicks-off next month.

Ten of Edinburgh’s pack secure their place in the travelling squad as club co-captain and back-row Jamie Ritchie is named Scotland skipper.

Hookers Ewan Ashman – who signed from Sale Sharks earlier this summer – and Dave Cherry, props Javan Sebastian and Pierre Schoeman, lock Sam Skinner and back-row Luke Crosbie all earn their first trip to a Rugby World Cup.

Club centurions Grant Gilchrist and Hamish Watson are set to feature in their second tournament after featuring at Japan 2019, while prop WP Nel has the opportunity to make it Rugby World Cup number three having worn the thistle in both England (2015) and Japan.

Edinburgh Rugby are well represented in the back-division where the club’s dangerous back-three unit of Darcy Graham, Duhan van der Merwe (both wings) and Blair Kinghorn (full-back) could well start Scotland’s opening game of the tournament.

The club’s newest summer recruit and stand-off, Ben Healy, also books his ticket to France having impressed in the recent Summer Tests.

Scotland Rugby World Cup 2023 fixtures

vs South Africa
Sunday 10 September
Kick-off 4:45pm
Stade Velodrome, Marseille

vs Tonga
Sunday 24 September
Kick-off 4.45pm
Stade de Nice, Nice

vs Romania
Saturday 30 September
Kick-off 8pm

vs Ireland
Saturday 7 October
Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off 8pm

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