Chris Harris, the Newcastle Falcons centre has been named by Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, as one of 10 uncapped players in a 36-man squad for next month’s autumn Tests against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.
Carlisle-born Harris (26) is a product of the Falcons’ Academy and has played 57 times for the club since his 2014 debut, starting all but one of the club’s matches in a season that sees them currently placed fourth in the English Premiership. He is eligible for the national team through his grandmother from Edinburgh.
The uncapped group features four backs and six forwards in all. Centre Phil Burleigh (Edinburgh Rugby), wing Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) and scrum-half Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby) are joined by front-row trio Jamie Bhatti, George Turner (both Glasgow Warriors) and Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby), Glasgow Warriors lock Scott Cummings and Edinburgh back-rower Jamie Ritchie to complete the group.
Former Glasgow Warrior McGuigan, 28, played for Scotland Sevens in 2012, featuring in six tournaments. The Sale Shark earned one Scotland A cap in 2014, scoring in the side’s 16-16 draw with England Saxons at Scotstoun and is joint top try-scorer in this season’s English Premiership.
Prop Darryl Marfo (26) has impressed at Edinburgh Rugby since arriving from Bath at the start of the season, featuring in every game so far this season. Born in London, he is eligible to play for Scotland through his mother, who is from Ayr.
Former Wales Under-20 Hamilton, whose father is from Stirling, joined Leicester in the summer of 2016 after two seasons in France with Agen, winning the Pro D2 in his first season. He joined the Tigers last year and impressed in his recent starts in both of the club’s European Champions Cup matches on the openside flank.