Sharks star earns Scotland recall

Sharks utility forward Dylan Richardson has pinned his colours to Scotland’s mast after earning a recall to the squad for the July internationals.

Gregor Townsend on Wednesday evening named a 37-man Scotland squad for the upcoming American tour, with Tests against Canada, the USA, Chile and Uruguay.

Richardson made his Scotland debut as a loose forward in 2021 against Japan, but has not played a Test match since then.

Owing to World Rugby’s eligibility laws introduced before the 2023 World Cup, Richardson would have been able to switch back to represent South Africa in November, as he is based in Durban and three years would have passed since his last Test cap.

However, the 25-year-old, who helped the Sharks win the Challenge Cup, has answered Scotland’s call and could earn his second Test cap during the tour.

Richardson is one of five South African-born players in the squad, along with Pierre Schoeman, Duhan van der Merwe, Kyle Steyn and uncapped Glasgow Warriors prop Nathan McBeth.

McBeth, who represented both Scotland and South Africa at U20 level, is one of 10 uncapped players in the squad, having trained with the senior squad recently, after moving from the Lions in 2021.

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