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Scotland call up Gunners in bid to shoot down the French in Six Nations opener

By Staff Reporter

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has handed four Edinburgh players their first call-ups after naming his squad for next month's RBS 6 Nations opener with France.

Scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and forwards Ben Toolis, Hugh Blake and Hamish Watson are all included after impressing for former Ulster coach Alan Solomons' Gunners.

Grieg Laidlaw, meanwhile, will continue to skipper the Dark Blues in Grant Gilchrist's absence.

Hidalgo-Clyne, 21, has played a vital part in Edinburgh's recent resurgence having featured in every fixture this season, while 22-year-old back-rower Watson is set to make his full international debut after playing his way through the Scottish youth ranks.

Cotter said: "All these players have worked hard and have shown great ambition to seize this opportunity. That's the type of player we want in this environment."

Scotland squad for the RBS 6 Nations Championship: Forwards: Hugh Blake (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan, Geoff Cross (both London Irish), David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow), Richie Gray (Castres), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Jim Hamilton (Saracens), Rob Harley, Euan Murray, Gordon Reid (all Glasgow), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan), Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson (both Edinburgh), Jon Welsh (Glasgow).

Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Alex Dunbar, (Glasgow) Dougie Fife (Edinburgh), Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne (both Glasgow) Greig Laidlaw (capt, Gloucester), Sean Lamont, Sean Maitland, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell (all Glasgow), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow), Greig Tonks, Tim Visser (both Edinburgh).

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