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Scotland Six Nations 2020 squad: Stuart Hogg named new captain in 38-man squad

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Stuart Hogg will captain Scotland for just the second time when they kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland on 1 February.

Hooker Stuart McInally led the Scots out in Japan, where Scotland lost to the hosts and their first Six Nations opponents to crash out in the group stage.

Hogg has done the job once before, a 30-29 defeat to the USA in Houston, but is a senior member of the squad and no player has more than his 71 caps for the country.

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"He's a really intelligent rugby player who's is learning and improving with every season," said Townsend, who also named six potential debutants in his 38-man squad.

"He really wanted to take on the honour and responsibility of being captain, which was a huge positive.

"And - having heard his plans for how he would work as a captain and work to bring the best out of others, while being able to focus on his own game - meant it became a relatively straightforward decision."

Scotland Six Nations 2020 squad

Forwards: Simon Berghan, Jamie Bhatti, Magnus Bradbury, Fraser Brown, Alex Craig, Luke Crosbie, Scott Cummings, Allan Dell, Cornell du Preez, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Tom Gordon, Nick Haining, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Rory Sutherland, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Hamish Watson.

Backs: Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg (c), George Horne, Rory Hutchinson, Sam Johnson, Huw Jones, Blair Kinghorn, Sean Maitland, Matt Scott, Byron McGuigan, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Kyle Stern, Ratu Tagive.

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