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Gray to captain Scotland A

Glasgow lock Jonny Gray has been named as captain of the Scotland A side that will take on England Saxons at Scotstoun next Friday night.

The 19-year-old, who won his first full caps in November against South Africa and Australia, captained Sean Lineen's Scotland Under-20s in last season's Six Nations and Junior World Championship.

Scotland A head coach Shade Munro said: "Jonny is a mature player and the feedback I received from Sean Lineen was that he was an excellent and successful captain for Scotland Under-20 last year.

"He is definitely one of the leaders in this squad and at Glasgow he's one of our line-out callers. Therefore, he is creating a skill set that is suitable to leading a team.

"The A team is about developing players and captains, so this is an excellent opportunity for him to step up."

Gray added: "It's a massive honour to have the chance to captain Scotland A and I'm very grateful to be in the squad.

"Captaining the Under-20s last year was a great experience and has brought my confidence on. Also, at Glasgow big Al (Kellock) has been a huge influence and support to me."