Forwards: John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown (all Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Richie Gray, Dougie Hall (both Glasgow Warriors), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh), Nathan Hines (Leinster), Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Lawson (Gloucester), Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors), Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester)
Backs: Chris Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Nick De Luca (Edinburgh), Max Evans, Thom Evans (Glasgow Warriors), Phil Godman (Edinburgh), Alex Grove (Worcester), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Rory Lawson (Gloucester), Graeme Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Paterson (Edinburgh), Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors) and Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais).
The 30 man squad breaks down as follows:
Other Exiles: 6
All of which probably reflects Glasgow’s dominance in the league and 1872 Cup so far this season.
Dan Parks is back in, along with uncapped Weege legends in the making Ruaridh Jackson and Richie Grey. No place for the other Richie, Vernon, who is unavailable for selection along with Hoggy and Jason White, all because of injury. And presumably Rory Lamont as well, though he seems to have disappeared into a news black hole.* Some players possibly close to featuring would have been the likes of Ospreys wing Nikki Walker, Glasgow prop Jon Welsh or co-captain Mike Blair who has not recovered from his ankle injury in time to get some form together. Blair, Welsh, Jim Thompson and Ross Rennie have all been invited to attend the training camp though. Personally I think given his form this season Roddy Grant is unlucky not to have made the squad, as is Ben Cairns. While presumably Cusiter continues as captain, I wonder if secondary captaincy will be given to Rory Lawson to continue the two scrum-halves model or whether Kellock who filled in admirably in the gutsy win over Australia will be given a shot. And does this mean Hugooooooooo is the third scrum-half in the squad?
*UPDATE: read the BBC article and Rory Lamont may join up with the squad assuming his survival of a club game for Toulon next week.