Six Nations: Two new faces in Scotland squad but Henry Pyrgos dropped

Last Updated: 15/01/14 5:44pm

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Dougie Fife on the charge for Edinburgh

Dougie Fife on the charge for Edinburgh

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Scotland coach Scott Johnson has named uncapped duo Dougie Fife and Chris Fusaro in his 36-man squad for the Six Nations.

Edinburgh winger Fife is given his first call up to the national squad. Glasgow flanker Fusaro will be hoping for his first action in Scotland shirt having been part of the squad for the November internationals but failing to make it on to the pitch.

There are 16 players from Glasgow Warriors, 11 from Edinburgh and nine exiles.

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: "We've been watching Dougie closely.

"He's worked hard over the last 12 months, from being part of the A squad this time last year to becoming a first-choice selection at Edinburgh Rugby, and now to becoming a proven try scorer in the Rabo. He deserves this selection.

"We do have competition in the back-row and there are other players knocking on the door who may feature for the Scotland A team against England Saxons at the end of this month.

"Chris Fusaro had a terrific game in the Heineken Cup at the weekend and I've been impressed by just how explosive some of our back-row contenders have been in their club sides.

"We will announce an A squad next week for the match against England Saxons at Scotstoun at the end of the month and, as I see it, a number of players could yet force their way into the senior squad during the Six Nations.

Johnson will be without four men because of injury - Glasgow duo Alastair Kellock and Peter Horne, Edinburgh's Tim Visser and Euan Murray of Worcester.

Glasgow scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, meanwhile, drops out of the squad altogether after Johnson named only two number nines, Edinburgh's Greig Laidlaw and Pyrgos' Scotstoun team-mate Chris Cusiter.

Forwards: J Beattie (Montpellier), K Brown (Saracens), G Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), D Denton (Edinburgh Rugby), A Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby), R Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), C Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), G Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), R Grant (Glasgow Warriors), J Gray (Glasgow Warriors), R Gray (Castres), J Hamilton (Montpellier), R Harley (Glasgow Warriors), S Lawson (Newcastle Falcons), K Low (London Irish), M Low (Glasgow Warriors), P MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), R Rennie (Edinburgh Rugby), A Strokosch (Perpignan), T Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), R Wilson (Glasgow Warriors)

Backs: C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), N De Luca (Edinburgh Rugby), A Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), M Evans (Castres), D Fife (Edinburgh Rugby), S Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), S Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby), S Maitland (Glasgow Warriors), M Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), T Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), D Taylor (Saracens), G Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby), D Weir (Glasgow Warriors)

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