Gregor Townsend has named four unsheltered players in the Scotland squad for the Six Nations, including England striker Ruarid McConnochie.

McConnochie played for England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup but has not made an appearance since. Due to World Rugby rules, this cap gap means he could change allegiances and Scotland called him up for their Six Nations campaign.

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The father of the 31-year-old Ban striker is Scottish. He is included along with Leicester Tigers blocker Cameron Henderson, Munster midfielder Ben Healy (who joined Edinburgh on loan) and Glasgow Warriors center Stafford McDowell.

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Also recalled are Saracens forward Sean Maitland, who has 15 attempts in 53 games, and center Hugh Jones, who returned to the Glasgow Warriors this season.

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Finn Russell, who was sacked by manager Gregor Townsend ahead of the autumn international at the end of last year but who later received a recall and played for Scotland, is also on the team, which will be captained by Jamie Ritchie.

Scotland will start their Six Nations campaign against England on 4 February at Twickenham, before hosting Wales a week later. They will then travel to France on 26 February, after which they will host Wales and finish the match against Italy.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.