Hamish Watson and Magnus Bradbury return to Scotland squad ahead of England clash

Hamish Watson missed the first two games of the Six Nations for Scotland
Hamish Watson missed the first two games of the Six Nations for Scotland

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has recalled Hamish Watson in the squad ahead of the third round of the Six Nations game against England.

Watson was left out of selection for the opening two games of the competition but a concussion to Josh Bayliss meant the Edinburgh star returns to bolster the back row along with flanker Magnus Bradbury.

Also returning to the squad are Blair Kinghorn and WP Nel after recovering from their respective injuries with Javan Sebastian and Ross McCann dropping out of the squad.

Injury to Richie Gray meant Townsend has called up second row Alex Craig, who has played two times for Scotland in 2021.

After starting the tournament with a 27-26 win over Wales, Scotland were edged out with a 16-20 margin by France in the second round as they are at the third place in the table.

Scotland squad:

Forwards: Ewan Ashman, Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Bhatti, Alex Craig, Andy Christie, Scott Cummings, Jack Dempsey, Rory Darge (cc), Grant Gilchrist, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Alec Hepburn, Johnny Matthews, Elliot Millar-Mills, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Pierre Schoeman, Sam Skinner, George Turner, Hamish Watson, Glen Young

Backs: Ben Healy, George Horne, Rory Hutchinson, Huw Jones, Blair Kinghorn, Stafford McDowall, Harry Paterson, Ali Price, Cameron Redpath, Arron Reed, Kyle Rowe, Finn Russell (cc), Kyle Steyn, Ross Thompson, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe, Ben White