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21 January 2014, 11:43am

Heathcote included in Scotland A squad

Bath Rugby fly-half Tom Heathcote has been included in Scotland A’s squad for their game against England Saxons later this month.

Head Coach Shade Munro has named a 23-man squad for the fixture, comprising 12 Glasgow Warriors, six Exiles and five from Edinburgh Rugby.

Five of the A squad are currently training with the senior Scotland squad and Munro and Scotland Head Coach Scott Johnson are liaising closely to give both national teams – Scotland open their RBS 6 Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin two days after the A match – the best chance of success.

Shade Munro said: "This is a game the players and supporters all look forward to as it's a one-off match and it's fantastic that we're playing the game in Glasgow this year for the first time.

"I'm delighted to have been named head coach once again and after last year's victory down in England and our success at Netherdale two years ago, we're looking to try to continue our good record against the Saxons.”

Munro added: “We’ll be coming together as a squad next week. I’m pleased with the mix of promising young talent and hard-nosed experience that we have in the squad and we’ll look forward to performing at Scotstoun.”

Tickets for the game at Scotstoun are on sale now and start from £10 for adults with all under-18 tickets just £5. They can be booked online at www.glasgowwarriors.org or www.scottishrugby.org and over the phone by calling 0844 800 3490 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

Scotland A squad

Forwards – Olly Atkins (Edinburgh Rugby), Fraser Brown, Kevin Bryce (both Glasgow Warriors), Blair Cowan (London Irish), Jonny Gray, Robert Harley (both Glasgow Warriors), Allister Hogg (Newcastle Falcons), Tyrone Holmes, Ed Kalman (both Glasgow Warriors), Kieran Low (London Irish), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Shiells (Newcastle Falcons) and Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors)

Backs – Mark Bennett (Glasgow Warriors), Jack Cuthbert, Dougie Fife (both Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Grove (Worcester Warriors), Grayson Hart (Edinburgh Rugby), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Byron McGuigan, Henry Pyrgos (both Glasgow Warriors), Greig Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby) and Richie Vernon (Glasgow Warriors)

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