Stuart McInally misses out on Scotland’s 33-man Rugby World Cup squad in 2023

The three other players released from the squad are scrum-half Jamie Dobie, tighthead prop Murphy Walker and back-row Josh Bayliss; the 2023 Rugby World Cup begins on September 8 in France.

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After being cut from Scotland’s 33-man World Cup squad, Stuart McInally’s rugby career is over.

Announcing at the end of last season that he would retire after this autumn’s showpiece in France to become an airplane pilot, the 33-year-old captained the national team at Japan 2019. However, despite being a part of the training squad this summer, he has yet to make the final team.

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Other players released from the squad include scrum-half Jamie Dobie, tighthead prop Murphy Walker and back-row Josh Bayliss, all of whom have accumulated 10 caps.

During last Saturday’s 30-27 defeat by France in Saint-Etienne, McInally won his 49th and final cap.

Ben White, the team’s first-choice scrum-half, is in the squad after seeing a specialist this week about his ankle injury.

Scotland will face South Africa, Tonga, Romania and Ireland in Pool B, led by captain Jamie Ritchie.

Among the 15 players who have played at a previous Rugby World Cup are flanker Ritchie, second rowers Richie Gray and Grant Gilchrist, prop WP Nel, and stand-off Finn Russell. Four years ago, Australia’s back-row forward Jack Dempsey represented the country in Japan.

Others who have played at a Rugby World Cup, all in 2019, include forwards Zander Fagerson (tighthead prop), George Turner (hooker), Scott Cummings (second row) and Hamish Watson (flanker); and backs Darcy Graham (wing), Chris Harris (centre), Blair Kinghorn (full-back), George Horne and Ali Price (both scrum half).


Ewan Ashman (Edinburgh Rugby) 8 caps
Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) 31 caps
Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) 9 caps
Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby) 5 caps
Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) 28 caps
Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) 10 caps
Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors) 11 caps
Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 35 caps
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) 59 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby) 64 caps
Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors) 75 caps
WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) 55 caps
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby) – CAPTAIN – 42 caps
Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby) 23 caps
Javan Sebastian (Edinburgh Rugby) 5 caps
Sam Skinner (Edinburgh Rugby) 27 caps
Rory Sutherland (Unattached) 25 caps
George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) 37 caps
Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby) 58 caps


Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby) 35 caps
Chris Harris (Gloucester Rugby) 43 caps
Ben Healy (Edinburgh Rugby) 2 caps
George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) 22 caps
Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) 38 caps
Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby) 46 caps
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) 63 caps
Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby) 7 caps
Finn Russell (Bath Rugby) 71 caps
Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors) 5 caps
Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) 12 caps
Sione Tuipulotu (Glasgow Warriors) 18 caps
Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby) 30 caps
Ben White (RC Toulon) 15 caps

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