Edinburgh pair Ben Cairns and Geoff Cross are among eight full caps who have been named in the Scotland A squad who are aiming to defend their IRB Nations Cup trophy.

The 26-man squad also includes Ospreys winger Nikki Walker and 48-times capped Ally Hogg, who will leave Edinburgh for Newcastle this summer after recently recovering from a serious hip injury.

However, the majority of the squad for next month`s four-team tournament in Bucharest have yet to prove themselves with six uncapped at Scotland A level, including sevens specialist Colin Shaw and Heriot`s flanker Chris Fusaro.

Coach Sean Lineen, whose team face Georgia, Namibia and Argentina Jaguars, said: „I’m excited, with the senior Scotland squad going to Argentina this year, this is a real opportunity for another group of players to shine.

„There’s a good mix of youth and experience, but it is mainly youth. However, the best tool for these players’ development is winning.”

Fusaro, who is set to join Glasgow, said: „I was very surprised to get the call-up, it came totally out of the blue. It’s going to be a great experience to go to Romania.

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Cairns and Cross names in Scotland A squad

Edinburgh pair Ben Cairns and Geoff Cross are among eight full caps who have been named in the Scotland A squad who are aiming to defend their IRB Nations Cup trophy.

The 26-man squad also includes Ospreys winger Nikki Walker and 48-times capped Ally Hogg, who will leave Edinburgh for Newcastle this summer after recently recovering from a serious hip injury.

However, the majority of the squad for next month`s four-team tournament in Bucharest have yet to prove themselves with six uncapped at Scotland A level, including sevens specialist Colin Shaw and Heriot`s flanker Chris Fusaro.

Coach Sean Lineen, whose team face Georgia, Namibia and Argentina Jaguars, said: „I’m excited, with the senior Scotland squad going to Argentina this year, this is a real opportunity for another group of players to shine.

„There’s a good mix of youth and experience, but it is mainly youth. However, the best tool for these players’ development is winning.”

Fusaro, who is set to join Glasgow, said: „I was very surprised to get the call-up, it came totally out of the blue. It’s going to be a great experience to go to Romania.

Read the article on Belfast Telegraph

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