Chris selected for joint squad tour

Chris Fusaro
Chris Fusaro

North east Fife’s Chris Fusaro has been selected for the 43-man double squad for Scotland’s packed June Test match tour schedule.

The tour, which will mark new head coach Vern Cotter’s introduction to the role and sees the Scottish sides split into two, will start with a game against the USA in Houston on Saturday, June 7; Canada in Toronto on Saturday, June 14; Argentina in Cordoba on Friday, June 20; and South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, June 28.

Fusaro, who made his name as a youngster playing for the Howe of Fife, now plays with the Glasgow Warriors and is part of the split Scotland squad which will face Argentina and South Africa.

Cotter told “I’m very much looking forward to starting work with the Scotland players as we begin our 16-match countdown to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

“Working with Scott Johnson and the national coaches, we’ve selected, effectively, two squads for our itinerary this summer taking into account Glasgow Warriors’ pursuit of PRO 12 silverware and the fact that our match against South Africa falls out-with the IRB Regulation 9 window.

“We’ve included a mix of the battle-hardened and promising new talent and it will be good to see how players step up to tough and different challenges at the end of a long domestic campaign.”

Cotter will consider captaincy when the preparations begin for the North American leg of the tour next week.

In terms of world rankings the Springboks, who are in Scotland’s Rugby World Cup pool, sit second in the IRB list; Argentina are ninth; Canada are 15th and the USA are 18th.

A number of players ultimately will not tour either through injury, elective surgery or possible involvement in the sevens competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow in July.

Fusaro, now 24-years-old, was also part of the Scottish Six Nations side.

He currently has two Scottish caps to his name, representing his country against England and then Italy in the Six Nations.