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Jonny Gray used to laugh off predictions of him playing alongside brother Richie for Scotland but that scenario took a step closer when he was named as one of five uncapped players in the training squad for the viagogo Autumn Tests against Japan, South Africa and Australia.

The 19-year-old Glasgow Warriors second row player was called up for the first time, joining his older British and Irish Lions sibling in Scott Johnson's 41-strong group.

Fellow Warriors Mark Bennett and Chris Fusaro were also named along with London Irish back rows Kieran Low and Blair Cowan.

Gray, who has captained the Scotland under-20 side, is comfortable with the inevitable comparisons with Richie, now playing in France for Castres, but admits playing in the same Scotland team as him is something he had not previously thought too seriously about.

He told Press Association Sport: "Playing for Scotland is all you think about when you are younger and hopefully that will come and hopefully I will follow in his footsteps.

"People have said to me it will maybe be you and your brother one day and you laugh it off and say 'maybe' but you never think it will be true.

"Obviously I am delighted but I know I have a lot of work before I get there.

"He has always been a role model.

"When you look at what he has achieved in his career so far, it is what any player wants to do.

"This is an opportunity to train with him. I have not seen him for a while with him being in France and being with the Lions.

"So it will be good to be with him and I am really excited about it."

Flanker Fusaro, 24, had to withdraw through injury from a squad, which he claims has only heightened his desire to make the breakthrough.

He said: "I was in the squad for the Six Nations and got injured pretty much in the first week of training so it was pretty frustrating.

"I got an operation on my groin and that was the end of my season.

"You get a small taste of it being in that environment, it does make you want to get back there so I am delighted to get the call. But for all of us, the hard work starts here."

Bennett, 20, insists his inclusion came as a welcome surprise.

"I am absolutely delighted," he said. "I am so honoured and proud to be part of it.

"I can't say it was something I was thinking about.

"I was just trying to focus on my performance here and anything else would take care of itself so I was over the moon."

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