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Saxons test for Scotland quintet

Five Scotland players named in Scott Johnson's RBS 6 Nations squad will be given the chance to put down a marker when they take on England Saxons two days before the tournament starts.

Glasgow forwards Jonny Gray and Robert Harley, London Irish lock Kieran Low and Edinburgh backs Dougie Fife and Greig Tonks have all been selected for the Scotland A squad ahead of the second-string meeting with the Auld Enemy at Scotstoun on Friday, January 31.

Johnson's top team kick-off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, February 2.

Glasgow Warriors' assistant coach Shade Munro has once again been named head coach of the A squad after guiding them to a 13-9 win over the Saxons in Newcastle last year.

He said: "This is a game the players and supporters all look forward to as it's a one-off match and it's fantastic that we're playing the game in Glasgow this year for the first time.

"I'm delighted to have been named head coach once again and after last year's victory down in England and our success at Netherdale two years ago, we're looking to try to continue our good record against the Saxons.

"We'll be coming together as a squad next week. I'm pleased with the mix of promising young talent and hard-nosed experience that we have in the squad and we'll look forward to performing at Scotstoun."

The squad comprises 10 players who would be making their first appearance for Scotland A - forwards Olly Atkins, Fraser Brown, Kevin Bryce, Blair Cowan, Gray, Tyrone Holmes and Low; as well as backs Byron McGuigan, Mark Bennett and Grayson Hart.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is 48-times full-capped back-row forward Ally Hogg. The Newcastle man has not played for Scotland since the 2009 Six Nations but could be in for a long-awairted recall if he impresses at Scotstoun.


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