Five of the Glasgow Warriors squad could potentially make their Scotland debuts this autumn with head coach Andy Robinson rewarding the RaboDirect PRO12 outfit’s strong start to the season.
Stuart McInally, Peter Horne, Peter Murchie, Tommy Seymour and Henry Pyrgos have all been named in the 34-strong training squad that will begin preparations at St Andrews next week ahead of the clash against New Zealand on November 11.
The Warriors, who have won four of their opening six RaboDirect PRO12 games, currently lie third in the table but could be without some of their stars with clashes against the All Blacks, South Africa and Tonga looming.
But Robinson’s selection indicates all is well at Scotstoun and he can’t wait to see the new faces in action.
“It’s always an exciting time when the Scotland squad comes together ahead of the first Test match of the season,” he said.
“It’s some four months since Scotland last played an international so when the squad reconvenes there’ll be an element of renewing acquaintances and reigniting the spark and spirit that was such a key part of our success on our summer tour.
“New Zealand are formidable opponents. They do the basics exceptionally well and play with a pace and ruthlessness. It’s no co-incidence that they are the best team in the world.
“We must look to build on the physical commitment of our players against Australia, Fiji and Samoa. As ever the Scotland supporters are right behind us and with more than 55,000 tickets sold already for our game against New Zealand, the players are determined to give their all.”