|Six Nations Championship|
|Dates: February 1-March 14|
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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend describes the Saracens’ schedule as “ridiculous” and says it has affected his selection of the Six Nations team.
The English champions play Harlequins six days before the first game of the Scotland tournament against Ireland on February 1.
Townsend has chosen Sean Maitland from the Saracens, but Duncan Taylor misses it.
“We are training five sessions from Monday, January 20 to Monday 27 and those Saracen players can only do one of those sessions,” Townsend said.
“It is not the fault of Duncan or Sean or the Saracens. But having a meeting on Sunday before the Six Nations (none of England’s players will play, they are in a camp in Portugal all week) do it.” it’s really hard for us to prepare the team as best we can. “
The players from Scotland met in Edinburgh on Sunday before flying to Spain for a warm weather camp seven days later.
According to World Rugby regulations, players must be released from the duty of the club five clear days before the start of the Six Nations.
An agreement between the Rugby Football Union of England and high-level clubs allows Eddie Jones to access his test players outside the designated windows.
Eight of Townsend’s 38-man team, including new captain Stuart Hogg, play in the English Premier.
Gloucester blocks Alex Craig and center Chris Harris, the Irish prop of London Allan Dell, the runners of Worcester Warriors Cornell du Preez, the center of Northampton Saints Rory Hutchinson, the Sale Sharks behind Bryon McGuigan and the Saracens Maitland all They manage their trade south of the border.
Townsend has selected the experienced Maitland wing, but says the club’s list of games has frustrated Taylor’s 30-year-old hopes of regaining his position.
“We value Duncan very much,” Townsend added. “But unfortunately, the Saracens play from Sunday to Sunday next week, which for me is ridiculous, for a Premier League to have a game six days before playing against Ireland.”
“Duncan has had bad luck in that regard. The fact that we know he will only do one of those five sessions means that we have not included him this time.”