Stuart McInally will captain Scotland in the Rugby World Cup, However There’s No place for Rory Hutchinson and centres Huw Jones.
McInally has been chosen ahead of John Barclay and former captains Greig Laidlaw to lead the group out for their opener with Ireland.
Nevertheless, the significant news surrounds head trainer Gregor Townsend’s decision to depart both Glasgow centre Jones and his midfield rival kind Northampton Hutchinson out of their 31-man squad.
Jones burst onto the Test scene together with nine tries in his first 14 appearances for the Dark Blues but in the 18 months because he scored a stunning double over England, his form for club and country has fallen .
His deficiencies from defence also have relied him out of contention, though a lack of expertise appears to have contributed to the choice to depart Hutchinson behind regardless of the 23-year-old making a late bid for choice with a brace on his first Scotland beginning during Saturday’s win in Georgia.
Together with Saracens center Duncan Taylor and Sam Johnson of Warriors the top duo to begin from the midfield, Townsend has chosen to shoot Peter Horne – who can fill in at 10 – and Chris Harris as cover.
Adam Hastings has been given the nod to celebrity guy Finn Russell in stand-off despite his ropy showing against France .
But prop Jamie Bhatti has paid the price for his failure to impress throughout the mauling imposed upon his side with Townsend deciding to take looseheads Allan Dell and Gordon Reid and also Willem Nel and Zander Fagerson’s set.
Simon Berghan also receives a seat on the airplane based on his ability to cover either side of the scrum.
Forwards Josh Strauss, Matt Fagerson and Magnus Bradbury miss out No 8 Blade Thomson selected if needed on the foundation he can slot to the row.
Lock Bradbury hasn’t featured at all during the Scots’ three warm-up clashes so far because of rib injury as well as also his lack of action has cost him his place, even though fellow second-rower Jonny Gray and hooker Fraser Brown have made the cut despite also sat out the double header with France and final weekend Tbilisi victory through trauma.
New skipper McInally, talking as he and the remainder of the squad were introduced in Linlithgow Palace, said:”it is a really proud moment. I wound up missing the final World Cup so that makes it all the sweeter.
“The attention is on Georgia this Friday and placing in a fantastic performance before we head off.
“I am very fortunate that there is a number of players either side of me that have captained the group before so I won’t be brief in that regard.
“We’re just going to take every game that comes and try to win them all. If we could get out of the group, it’s knock-out rugby then.”
Forwards: John Barclay (Edinburgh), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (London Irish), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (capt) (Edinburgh), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (Ayrshire Bulls), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Blade Thomson (Scarlets), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).
Backs: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Chris Harris (Gloucester), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens).