Scotland leaves out Huw Jones from RWC squad

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Huw Jones was the big-name omission Tuesday from Scotland's 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, paying the price for a slump in form following a stunning start to his international career.

Jones burst onto the test scene with 10 tries in his first 14 appearances for the Scots but the center's performances for Glasgow and the national team have dropped off and his struggles in defense also may have counted against him.

Another center, Rory Hutchinson, also missed out despite making a late bid for selection with two tries on his first Scotland start during the win against Georgia on Saturday.

Instead, the cover for the first-choice midfield pairing of Duncan Taylor and Sam Johnson will be Peter Horne, who can also fill in at No. 10, and Chris Harris.

Stuart McInally, who missed the 2015 World Cup because of injury, has been picked to captain the side for the pool opener with Ireland in Yokohama on Sept. 22, ahead of former skippers Greig Laidlaw and John Barclay.

Forwards Josh Strauss, Matt Fagerson and Magnus Bradbury also miss out, with No. 8 Blade Thomson selected due to his ability to slot into the second row if necessary.

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Scotland squad:

Forwards: John Barclay, Simon Berghan, Fraser Brown, Scott Cummings, Allan Dell, Zander Fagerson, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Stuart McInally (captain), WP Nel, Gordon Reid, Jamie Ritchie, Blade Thomson, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.

Backs: Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg, George Horne, Peter Horne, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland, Ali Price, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor.

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