Edinburgh Rugby winger Dougie Fife’s hopes of progressing straight into Scotland’s Six Nations squad appear to have been dashed after he was included today in the A team which tackles England Saxons two days before the main tournament gets underway with a visit to Dublin to face Ireland.
Fife is currently training with the senior squad for the first time having been in excellent try-scoring form for Edinburgh.
He also turned out for Scotland A when they defeated the Saxons 13-9 at Newcastle last year.
The squad for the match which takes place at Scotstoun on Friday, January 31, comprises ten players who would be making their first appearance for Scotland A – forwards Olly Atkins, Fraser Brown, Kevin Bryce, Blair Cowan, Jonny Gray, Tyrone Holmes and Kieran Low as well as backs Byron McGuigan, Mark Bennett and Grayson Hart.
Returning to Scotland representative honours for the first time since 2009, is Newcastle back row Ally Hogg, who is 31 today.
Biggest surprise is the inclusion at centre of ex-international back row Richie Vernon, who only recently completed the switch to the threequarter line.
The following squad will have Shade Munro (Glasgow) as head coach assisted by Stevie Scott and Kenny Murray.
Scotland A squad: Forwards: Olly Atkins (Edinburgh Rugby), Fraser Brown, Kevin Bryce (both Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Jonny Gray, Robert Harley (both Glasgow Warriors), Allister Hogg (Newcastle Falcons), Tyrone Holmes, Ed Kalman (both Glasgow Warriors), Kieran Low (London Irish), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Shiells (Newcastle Falcons) and Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors); Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife (both Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), Grayson Hart (Edinburgh Rugby), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Byron McGuigan, Henry Pyrgos (both Glasgow Warriors), Greig Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby) and Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors)