Four uncapped players named in Scotland's Six Nations squad

Scotland have long since struggled to make an impact in the Six Nations and coach Vern Cotter has turned to youth to try to change that.

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Scotland coach Vern Cotter on Tuesday named four uncapped Edinburgh players in his squad for the Six Nations.

Scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, lock Ben Toolis and back-rows Hugh Blake and Hamish Watson are in all in line to win their first senior international caps after being selected in Cotter's 32-man group.

The quartet all ply their trade for Edinburgh, with Hidalgo-Clyne featuring in every game for the capital club so far this season.

Their inclusion means there are 11 Edinburgh players in the squad, and Cotter believes the new boys are well deserving of their opportunity.

"All these players have worked hard and have shown great ambition to seize this opportunity," Cotter said. "That's the type of player we want in this environment.

"They have impressed me with their desire to go forward, and reflect the Scottish spirit of attacking and leading, to develop into impressive performers."

Centre Matt Scott is another Edinburgh player to earn a place after missing the tour matches against the United States, Canada, Argentina and South Africa and all of Scotland's November internationals last year.

Among the 15 Glasgow Warriors named are centre Mark Bennett and tight-head prop Jon Welsh, who are back in the fold following hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively.

Scotland have never won the Six Nations in its current format, with their last victory coming back in 1999 in the final year of the competition being known as the Five Nations.

But Cotter is feeling positive as he prepares for his first Six Nations campaign.

"Obviously we'll be facing some very good sides, four of which are above us in the world rankings, however we have nothing to hide going into this year," he added.

"We start with a very difficult game against France in Paris and we will prepare as best as possible for that game and adapt as the competition evolves.

"I'm very confident that the players selected will underline the improvements we showed in the autumn as well as some others as the group continues to come together.

"It's a great challenge."

Scotland begin that challenge against France at the Stade de France on February 7.

Squad in full:

Forward: Hugh Blake (Edinburgh Rugby), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan, Geoff Cross (both London Irish), David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Castres), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), Jim Hamilton (Saracens), Rob Harley, Euan Murray, Gordon Reid (all Glasgow Warriors), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan), Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson (both Edinburgh Rugby), Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors).

Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Dunbar, (Glasgow Warriors) Dougie Fife (Edinburgh Rugby), Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne (both Glasgow Warriors) Greig Laidlaw (captain) (Gloucester), Sean Lamont, Sean Maitland, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell (all Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Tonks, Tim Visser (both Edinburgh Rugby).

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