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Alasdair Dickinson

Age: 31

Position: Loosehead prop

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 10

Bio: A forceful and effective prop. Scrummages well but also a weapon in open play.

Ryan Grant

Age: 29

Position: Loosehead prop

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: The former British and Irish Lion has had and up and down year. Needs to find some consistency in his game.

Gordon Reid

Age: 28

Position: Loosehead prop

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: Relatively inexperienced for an international level-prop but heart and desire are never in question.

Willem Nel

Age: 29

Position: Tighthead prop

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 0

Bio: The recently-qualified South African should go straight into the Scotland side with his scrummaging abilities solving Vern Cotter's problems at tighthead.

Jon Welsh

Age: 28

Position: Tighthead/Loosehead prop

Club: Newcastle

Test points: 0

Bio: His ability to operate on both side of the scrum make the former Glasgow front-rower a useful option.

Fraser Brown

Age: 26

Position: Hooker

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: A former Scotland youth team captain but he needs to up his standards if he is to push Ross Ford.

Ross Ford

Age: 31

Position: Hooker

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 10

Bio: The Edinburgh man is a Scotland regular whose commitment is never in question. When he keeps his composure, he is a top-class number two.

Stuart McInally

Age: 25

Position: Hooker

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 0

Bio: The back-row convert is a newcomer to the international scene but his versatility makes him an option for Scotland.

Grant Gilchrist

Age: 25

Position: Lock

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 5

Bio: Picked out as a future Scotland captain. Will have a big future if he can dodge the injury troubles that have blighted him recently.

Jonny Gray

Age: 21

Position: Lock

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 5

Bio: Another giant second-rower picked out for big things. Will likely start the tournament alongside his brother.

Richie Gray

Age: 26

Position: Lock

Club: Castres

Test points: 10

Bio: Scotland's blond-haired behemoth is never difficult to pick out on the pitch, either because of his huge frame or his impressive performances

Tim Swinson

Age: 28

Position: Lock

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: The surprise pick of the squad, he will be under pressure to justify his selection.

David Denton

Age: 25

Position: Number eight

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 0

Bio: A dynamic and powerful strike runner who has the potential to be one of Scotland's most potent weapons.

John Hardie

Age: 27

Position: Flanker

Club: Unattached

Test points: 0

Bio: The New Zealand-born flanker only touched down on Scottish soil five weeks ago. His inclusion sparked a row and he will need to shine if there is not to be a prolonged fall-out.

Josh Strauss

Age: 28

Position: Number eight

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: Another controversial pick, with the South African not qualifying through residency rules until five days before the Scots' opener with Japan. Undoubtedly talented though.

Alasdair Strokosch

Age: 32

Position: Flanker

Club: Perpignan

Test points: 44

Bio: A black belt in karate, he is another strong and powerful competitor - key attributes which Cotter looks for in his back-rowers.

Ryan Wilson

Age: 26

Position: Loose forward

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: Has had trouble off the field recently but his adaptability along the back-row won him his place in the World Cup squad.

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Age: 22

Position: Scrum-half

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 0

Bio: The Guinness Pro12 Young Player of the Year. An exciting nine with a promising career ahead of him.

Greig Laidlaw

Age: 29

Position: Scrum-half

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 356

Bio: The Scotland captain is a reliable goal-kicker and experienced campaigner. When he plays with a high tempo, Scotland soar.

Henry Pyrgos

Age: 26

Position: Scrum-half

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 20

Bio: Showed he should not be regarded as Scotland's third-choice scrum-half with an impressive warm-up series.

Finn Russell

Age: 22

Position: Stand-off

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 9

Bio: Stylish, adventurous, exciting. The young fly-half puts the swagger into Scotland. A game changer when he is on form.

Duncan Weir

Age: 24

Position: Stand-off

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 47

Bio: Scored a memorable drop-goal against Italy last year but needs to loosen the shackles if he is to make it at the top level.

Mark Bennett

Age: 22

Position: Centre

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 15

Bio: Tipped to be a Scotland star from a young age, his first eight caps have done nothing to dispel the lofty praise directed his way.

Peter Horne

Age: 25

Position: Centre/Fly-half/Full-back

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 10

Bio: Picked primarily to fill the centre role by Cotter but can operate elsewhere. A very useful tool to have.

Matt Scott

Age: 24

Position: Centre

Club: Edinburgh

Test points: 15

Bio: An old head on young shoulders, the Edinburgh University law student is an inteligent reader of the game.

Richie Vernon

Age: 28

Position: Centre/back-row

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 0

Bio: Another player switched from his former slot in the back-row. Again selected because of his ability to cover more than one position.

Sean Lamont

Age: 34

Position: Wing

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 70

Bio: The evergreen wing may not be the most prolific of scorers but his experience of playing at two World Cups will be invaluable to his team.

Sean Maitland

Age: 26

Position: Wing/Full-back

Club: London Irish

Test points: 10

Bio: A prolific scorer in New Zealand where he grew up, will be another major asset for Scotland if he can stay fit.

Tommy Seymour

Age: 27

Position: Wing

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 30

Bio: Solid in both and an attacking sense, the Tennessee-born Glasgow man has never let his country down.

Tim Visser

Age: 28

Position: Wing

Club: Harlequins

Test points: 45

Bio: Born in Holland but his rapid pace and brute strength give Scotland plenty of reason to believe they will be dangerous down the flanks.

Stuart Hogg

Age: 23

Position: Full-back

Club: Glasgow

Test points: 48

Bio: Probably the only Scotland player who comes close to the world-class bracket. England 2015 is his chance to prove it.

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