Under the stewardship of Vern Cotter, a talented young Scottish side looks to have a bright future, especially thanks to these sevens players…
Russell seems to have firmly nailed down the number 10 shirt for Scotland after a series of standout performances during the Autumn Internationals. Russell has finally got the Scottish backline firing and helped them address a key weakness in terms of scoring tries. At just 22 years of age he also still has plenty of time to get even better.
Hogg has been around the Scotland set-up for quite some time now and has regularly proven himself to be one of their top performers. With the quality of players around him improving under Vern Cotter he could be set to make even more of a mark during this years Six Nations. His pace and vision make him a key attacking threat whilst his monstrous boot is also an important weapon.
Ashe at just 21 years of age is already looking like an excellent back row prospect for Scotland. He may not be the biggest number 8 around, however he has incredible athleticism having previously spent some time playing sevens. He joins a growing number of talented back rowers competing for a place in the Scottish starting XV.
Richie Gray’s younger brother is just 20 years old yet already has eight caps to his name in the second row. This giant pair of brothers could be the central pairing of the Scottish pack for the next ten years with Jonny potentially looking even more impressive than his brother. Although maybe not as flashy as Richie, Jonny puts in a monstrous amount of work around the park.
Seymour is the oldest player in this list at 26, however still has plenty of years ahead of him. It seems over the last 12 – 18 months he has really stepped it up a gear and is now regularly contributing important tries for both club and country. Seymour now looks like he can really flourish outside the current Scottish centres and could prove to be a regular try scorer during internationals.
Pyrgos is unlikely to be a regular starter for Scotland before the World Cup thanks to Greig Laidlaw’s ability from the boot, however he is likely to be pushing him hard for more opportunities. The Glasgow scrum-half will be desperate to be given the chance to replicate his impressive club form on the international stage as he tries to re-create his club partnership with Finn Russell.
It seems almost out of nowhere Scotland have a number of quality centres emerging like Mark Bennett and Duncan Taylor, however Alex Dunbar currently looks the pick of the bunch. Capable of playing at either inside or outside centre, Dunbar’s versatility and ability to not only get over the gainline, but also get it out wide could see him become a key man for Vern Cotter’s side.
Which players do you think currently standout for Scotland?