Wilson not in Six Nations squad

Scotland flanker Ryan Wilson

Wilson has been capped 15 times

Ryan Wilson has been left out of Scotland’s Six Nations squad, which features uncapped props Zander Fagerson and Rory Sutherland.

Glasgow Warriors flanker Wilson, 26, has been cited for allegedly grabbing the testicles of an opponent in Sunday’s defeat by Northampton Saints.

Lock Tim Swinson, who has been cited following a yellow card for punching in the same match, is in the squad.

Head coach Vern Cotter decided to omit Wilson before Monday’s citing.

The New Zealander hopes his players can do “the simple things better” and continue the momentum and progress made at the World Cup, when the Scots reached the quarter-finals.

Experienced Scarlets back-row John Barclay, 29, is also included, having been considered and then left out of the final squad that went to England for last year’s showpiece.

Cotter led Scotland to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

Fagerson, who plays for the Warriors, and Edinburgh’s Sutherland could make their first Test appearances when the tournament begins next month.

Scotland begin the championship at home to England then visit Wales and Italy before hosting France and finishing in Ireland.

“We’ve selected a mixture of experience with some exciting young players coming through, some of whom have experienced the Rugby World Cup and are eager to move forward, take the Six Nations head on and show that we can develop our game and be competitive,” said Cotter.

“I think there should be confidence. The guys have worked hard and improved. There are positive signs that we can compete, and this championship will give us another opportunity to measure ourselves against very good opposition in a tough competition.”

Fraser Brown, Grant Gilchrist, Henry Pyrgos, Richie Vernon and Jon Welsh are currently injured but Edinburgh lock Gilchrist and Warriors scrum-half Pyrgos will train with the squad.

Tournament veteran Alasdair Strokosch has retired from international duty.

Among those who make the squad, John Hardie, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel and Josh Strauss are yet to play in the Six Nations.

“The guys believe that we can compete, dominate and secure victories in these games,” added Cotter.

Scotland squad for Six Nations

Forwards: Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors), John Barclay (Scarlets), Blair Cowan (London Irish), David Denton (Bath), Alasdair Dickinson (Edinburgh), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Castres), John Hardie (Edinburgh), Moray Low (Exeter Chiefs), Pat MacArthur (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh).

Backs: Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (Wasps), Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester), Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (London Irish), Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors), Duncan Taylor (Saracens) Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Harlequins).

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