Six Nations: Johnnie Beattie returns to Scotland training squad

Johnnie Beattie

Montpellier number eight Johnnie Beattie has been named in Scott Johnson's 35-man Scotland training squad for the forthcoming Six Nations.

The 27-year-old moved to France last summer seeking a route back into the Scotland team after falling out of favour at Glasgow Warriors.

Johnson, the interim head coach, has included 10 uncapped players in the squad that will gather in Glasgow.

The squad comprises 19 Warriors, seven from Edinburgh and nine "exiles".

Beattie dropped down the pecking order at Glasgow under Sean Lineen and left for France's Top 14 league after eight years with his hometown club. He scored a try for Montpellier against Sale in the Heineken Cup at the weekend.

His try-scoring debut for Scotland against Romania in 2006 was followed by 15 further caps but he struggled with his fitness and form after sustaining a shoulder injury following an impressive Six Nations campaign in 2010.

He was absent from the 2011 World Cup and from last season's summer tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

Richie Vernon, Alasdair Dickinson, Moray Low, Robert Harley and Duncan Weir are also recalled to the squad for the three-day get-together after being omitted from the autumn Tests.

The 10 uncapped players are full-back Peter Murchie, wings Sean Maitland and Tommy Seymour, centres Alex Dunbar and Peter Horne, scrum-half Sean Kennedy, hooker Pat MacArthur, lock Grant Gilchrist and back-row forwards Ryan Wilson and Chris Fusaro.

For Glasgow number nine Kennedy, New Zealand-born winger Maitland, 25-year-old MacArthur, and 23-year-olds Wilson and Fusaro, it is their first involvement with the full Scotland squad.

"Selection is based on form and future - that was our two criteria," Johnson told BBC Scotland.

"I think the squad replicates that and supports what we're trying to do.

"And, when in doubt, we've gone with the younger faces, because we want to compete at the World Cup, but we want to compete in the Six Nations too.

"It's a balancing act - one eye on the future, one eye on the now.

"I think Glasgow's form's been great in the Rabo. I think they've competed really, really well, so it's a reward for good form and I think there's not too many players in that squad that people can argue with.

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Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca is out for about two months, following an operation to a fractured eye socket and Al Strokosch misses out with his wife expected to give birth.

Scotland kick off their Six Nations campaign against England at Twickenham on 2 February looking to do much better than last year when, under Andy Robinson, they ended up with the wooden spoon.

The following week Scotland host Italy at Murrayfield, then Ireland and Wales visit Edinburgh, on 24 February and 9 March respectively.

Scotland's final Six Nations match is away to France on Saturday 16 March.

Scotland squad for Glasgow training camp:

Backs: Peter Murchie, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Sean Lamont (all Glasgow Warriors), Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby), Max Evans (Castres), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby), Alex Dunbar, Peter Horne, Duncan Weir, Ruaridh Jackson (all Glasgow Warriors), Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby), Henry Pyrgos, Sean Kennedy (both Glasgow Warriors) and Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby).

Forwards: Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks), Ryan Grant, Dougie Hall, Pat MacArthur (all Glasgow Warriors), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors), Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), Moray Low, Alastair Kellock (both Glasgow Warriors), Richie Gray (Sale Sharks), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Kelly Brown (Saracens), Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson (both Glasgow Warriors), Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier), David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby), Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors).