Cotter cuts six from Scotland squad

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has refined his squad ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome, with six players returning to Glasgow Warriors.

Props Gordon Reid and Zander Fagerson, back-row forwards Rob Harley and Josh Strauss, and half-backs Grayson Hart and Duncan Weir, all returned to club training today, ahead of Thursday’s PRO12 game against Dragons in Newport.

Cotter will select and announce a final 23-man team to travel to Rome on Thursday morning.

Scotland Squad: 

Forwards: John Barclay (Scarlets), David Denton (Bath), Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Castres), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, George Turner, Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh)

Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors) Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, captain), Sean Lamont, Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens), Tim Visser (Harlequins)