Scotland: Saracens second-row Callum Hunter-Hill called up for Argentina clash

Saracens lock Callum Hunter-Hill Credit: Alamy
Saracens lock Callum Hunter-Hill Credit: Alamy

Scotland have called in Saracens lock Callum Hunter-Hill to their squad ahead of the Autumn Nations Series clash with Argentina at Murrayfield.

The forward’s call-up comes following the news that back-row Hamish Watson and prop Rory Sutherland were withdrawn from the group due to injuries.

Watson and Sutherland suffered the issues in Sunday’s loss to New Zealand with the flanker forced off with a concussion and Sutherland a knee problem.

Scotland went down 31-23 to the All Blacks as they let slip a 23-14 lead in the closing stages, with Darcy Graham scoring their only try of a gripping game.

Would be his Scotland debut

Hunter-Hill has played for Scotland at U18 and U20 level and if he features against the Pumas this weekend it will be his first senior cap for his country.

That prospect remains to be seen as Scotland are waiting on news of Richie Gray after the lock was cited for “dangerous play” in the narrow All Blacks loss.

In other news from the camp, hooker Fraser Brown is eager to build on his strong performance after he returned to the Scotland team over the weekend.

“It’s been a strange couple of weeks,” he said.

“Obviously opportunities always come up because it’s a physical game and any time I get to play for Scotland it’s a huge occasion. It’s a very proud moment. It was a very special day for me and my family because it was the first time I had my boys at Murrayfield.

“I’ve had a pretty difficult two years with injury and form. I feel like at the start of this year I was playing pretty well at Glasgow. I knew if I kept playing well I’d be there and thereabouts, so it was nice to come back in.

“We’re lucky at the minute that we have such a strong core of hookers so for me it’s about trying to play as well as I can when I get the opportunity and trying to stay fit.”

The agonising 31-23 defeat to the All Blacks was a tough pill to swallow for Scotland, with Brown admitting it was “gutting” not to hold on to their lead.

Gutting defeat for Scotland

“It was gutting,” he explained.

“We didn’t get out the blocks and gave them a pretty decent lead, but from about the eighth minute to the 55th we controlled the game and then we just took our finger off the button for about 15 minutes.

“Yes, there was pride because for 50 minutes it was the best controlled game Scotland have had for the last couple of years, but it was an opportunity missed.”

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