2014 Scotland rugby union tour of the Americas and South Africa
In June 2014, the Scotland rugby union team played single test matches against four countries; Argentina, Canada, South Africa and the United States. The opening three tests, United States, Canada and Argentina, coincided with the June international window, whereas the test against South Africa fell outside the international window. This meant players playing outside Scotland at club level were not permitted to be released by their clubs to represent Scotland against South Africa; Scotland effectively picked two separate squads, one for the USA and Canada games, the other for Argentina and South Africa.
|2014 Scotland rugby union tour of the Americas and South Africa|
|Tour captain(s)||Greig Laidlaw|
|Top test point scorer(s)||Greig Laidlaw (20)|
|Top test try scorer(s)||Stuart Hogg (2)|
|Previous tour||Aus, Fij & Sam 2012|
|Next tour||Japan 2016|
The tour was the start of Vern Cotter's period in charge. Head coach Andy Robinson had resigned in November 2012, and the Scottish Rugby Union had appointed the subsequent interim coach Scott Johnson as Director of Rugby. Scotland lost their match to South Africa but won all three of their Americas tests.
|Date and time||Venue||Home||Score||Away|
|7 June 2014, 19:30 CDT (UTC-05)||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston||United States||6–24||Scotland|
|14 June 2014, 14:10 EDT (UTC-04)||BMO Field, Toronto||Canada||17–19||Scotland|
|20 June 2014, 16:20 ART (UTC-03)||Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba||Argentina||19–21||Scotland|
|28 June 2014, 17:00 SAST (UTC+02)||Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth||South Africa||55–6||Scotland|
On 20 May, Head Coach Vern Cotter named two squads for the tour; a 27-man squad for the North America leg and a 25-man squad for the Argentina-South Africa leg - 9 players were initially named in both squads. The reasoning was for Cotter to look at as many players as possible. It also meant that players playing outside Scotland at club level, were not selected in the Argentina-South Africa squad, which was predominantly made up of Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby players.
Head Coach: Vern Cotter
North America legEdit
On 1 June, Grayson Hart was added to the North America squad, in addition to the Argentina-South Africa squad, to cover the injured Chris Cusiter. While Mark Bennett was also added to the North America squad to cover the injured Alex Dunbar, who was ruled out of whole tour.
Note: Caps and ages are to pre United States match - 7 June 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.
Argentina-South Africa legEdit
On 15 June, Kieran Low and Blair Cowan was added to the Argentina-South Africa squad to face Argentina to cover the injured Kelly Brown and Alasdair Strokosch, who were under assessment to feature in the Argentina match.
Note: Caps and ages are to pre Argentina match - 20 June 2014.Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.