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.[1]

2014 Scotland rugby union tour of the Americas and South Africa
Coach(es)Vern Cotter
Tour captain(s)Greig Laidlaw
Grant Gilchrist
Top test point scorer(s)Greig Laidlaw (20)
Top test try scorer(s)Stuart Hogg (2)
Summary
P W D L
Total
04 03 00 01
Test match
04 03 00 01
Opponent
P W D L
 Argentina
1 1 0 0
 Canada
1 1 0 0
 South Africa
1 0 0 1
 United States
1 1 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tourAus, Fij & Sam 2012
Next tourJapan 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.

FixturesEdit

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

SquadsEdit

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.[1] 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.

Jack Cuthbert, Matt Scott, Ross Rennie and Ryan Wilson were not considered due to injury.

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.[2]

On 2 June, Tom Heathcote and Ruaridh Jackson swapped positions on tour. Jackson was moved to the North America squad, and Heathcote was moved to the Argentina-South Africa squad.[3]

On 9 June, Tim Swinson and Peter Horne were added to the North America squad, in addition to the Argentina-South Africa squad, to cover the injured Duncan Taylor and Jim Hamilton.[4]

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.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Kevin Bryce Hooker (1988-09-07)7 September 1988 (aged 25) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Scott Lawson Hooker (1981-09-28)28 September 1981 (aged 32) 43   Newcastle Falcons
Pat MacArthur Hooker (1987-04-27)27 April 1987 (aged 27) 4   Glasgow Warriors
Alex Allan Prop (1992-02-28)28 February 1992 (aged 22) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Geoff Cross Prop (1982-12-11)11 December 1982 (aged 31) 28   London Irish
Moray Low Prop (1984-11-28)28 November 1984 (aged 29) 26   Exeter Chiefs
Gordon Reid Prop (1987-03-04)4 March 1987 (aged 27) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Kyle Traynor Prop (1986-02-27)27 February 1986 (aged 28) 4   Bristol
Grant Gilchrist Lock (1990-08-09)9 August 1990 (aged 23) 4   Edinburgh
Richie Gray Lock (1989-08-24)24 August 1989 (aged 24) 37   Castres
Jim Hamilton Lock (1982-11-17)17 November 1982 (aged 31) 55   Saracens
Tim Swinson Lock (1987-02-17)17 February 1987 (aged 27) 7   Glasgow Warriors
Kelly Brown Flanker (1982-06-08)8 June 1982 (aged 31) 63   Saracens
Blair Cowan Flanker (1986-04-21)21 April 1986 (aged 28) 0   London Irish
Kieran Low Flanker (1991-01-27)27 January 1991 (aged 23) 1   London Irish
Alasdair Strokosch Flanker (1983-02-21)21 February 1983 (aged 31) 38   Perpignan
Johnnie Beattie Number 8 (1985-11-21)21 November 1985 (aged 28) 30   Castres
David Denton Number 8 (1990-02-05)5 February 1990 (aged 24) 22   Edinburgh
Chris Cusiter Scrum-half (1982-06-13)13 June 1982 (aged 31) 68   Sale Sharks
Grayson Hart Scrum-half (1988-06-19)19 June 1988 (aged 25) 0   Edinburgh
Greig Laidlaw Scrum-half (1985-10-12)12 October 1985 (aged 28) 29   Gloucester
Ruaridh Jackson Fly-half (1988-02-12)12 February 1988 (aged 26) 23   London Wasps
Finn Russell Fly-half (1992-09-23)23 September 1992 (aged 21) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Mark Bennett Centre (1993-03-03)3 March 1993 (aged 21) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Alex Dunbar Centre (1990-04-23)23 April 1990 (aged 24) 8   Glasgow Warriors
Max Evans Centre (1983-09-28)28 September 1983 (aged 30) 42   Castres
Peter Horne Centre (1989-10-05)5 October 1989 (aged 24) 2   Glasgow Warriors
Duncan Taylor Centre (1989-09-05)5 September 1989 (aged 24) 10   Saracens
Sean Lamont Wing (1981-01-15)15 January 1981 (aged 33) 86   Glasgow Warriors
Sean Maitland Wing (1988-09-14)14 September 1988 (aged 25) 9   Glasgow Warriors
Tim Visser Wing (1987-05-29)29 May 1987 (aged 27) 12   Edinburgh
Stuart Hogg Fullback (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 21) 20   Glasgow Warriors

Argentina-South Africa legEdit

On 2 June, Tom Heathcote and Ruaridh Jackson swapped positions on tour. Jackson was moved to the North America squad, and Heathcote was moved to the Argentina-South Africa squad.[3]

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.[5]

On 16 June, Nick De Luca was added to the Argentina-South Africa squad to cover the backs.[6]

On 21 June, Adam Ashe, Tyrone Holmes and Euan Murray were added to the squad ahead of the final tour match against South Africa.[7]

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.
Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Kevin Bryce Hooker (1988-09-07)7 September 1988 (aged 25) 1   Glasgow Warriors
Ross Ford Hooker (1984-04-23)23 April 1984 (aged 30) 75   Edinburgh
Pat MacArthur Hooker (1987-04-27)27 April 1987 (aged 27) 5   Glasgow Warriors
Geoff Cross Prop (1982-12-11)11 December 1982 (aged 31) 30   London Irish
Alasdair Dickinson Prop (1983-09-11)11 September 1983 (aged 30) 34   Edinburgh
Moray Low Prop (1984-11-28)28 November 1984 (aged 29) 28   Exeter Chiefs
Euan Murray Prop (1980-08-07)7 August 1980 (aged 33) 59   Glasgow Warriors
Gordon Reid Prop (1987-03-04)4 March 1987 (aged 27) 2   Glasgow Warriors
Jon Welsh Prop (1986-10-13)13 October 1986 (aged 27) 2   Glasgow Warriors
Grant Gilchrist Lock (1990-08-09)9 August 1990 (aged 23) 6   Edinburgh
Jonny Gray Lock (1994-03-14)14 March 1994 (aged 20) 3   Glasgow Warriors
Tim Swinson Lock (1987-02-17)17 February 1987 (aged 27) 7   Glasgow Warriors
Blair Cowan Flanker (1986-04-21)21 April 1986 (aged 28) 2   London Irish
Chris Fusaro Flanker (1989-07-21)21 July 1989 (aged 24) 2   Glasgow Warriors
Rob Harley Flanker (1990-05-26)26 May 1990 (aged 24) 4   Glasgow Warriors
Tyrone Holmes Flanker (1986-04-15)15 April 1986 (aged 28) 0   Glasgow Warriors
Kieran Low Flanker (1991-01-27)27 January 1991 (aged 23) 3   London Irish
Adam Ashe Number 8 (1993-07-24)24 July 1993 (aged 20) 0   Glasgow Warriors
David Denton Number 8 (1990-02-05)5 February 1990 (aged 24) 22   Edinburgh
Grayson Hart Scrum-half (1988-06-19)19 June 1988 (aged 26) 1   Edinburgh
Henry Pyrgos Scrum-half (1989-07-09)9 July 1989 (aged 24) 10   Glasgow Warriors
Tom Heathcote Fly-half (1992-02-11)11 February 1992 (aged 22) 3   Edinburgh
Duncan Weir Fly-half (1991-05-10)10 May 1991 (aged 23) 13   Glasgow Warriors
Nick De Luca Centre (1984-02-01)1 February 1984 (aged 30) 41   Biarritz
Alex Dunbar Centre (1990-04-23)23 April 1990 (aged 24) 8   Glasgow Warriors
Peter Horne Centre (1989-10-05)5 October 1989 (aged 24) 3   Glasgow Warriors
Dougie Fife Wing (1990-08-08)8 August 1990 (aged 23) 1   Edinburgh
Sean Maitland Wing (1988-09-14)14 September 1988 (aged 25) 11   Glasgow Warriors
Tommy Seymour Wing (1988-07-01)1 July 1988 (aged 25) 8   Glasgow Warriors
Stuart Hogg Fullback (1992-06-24)24 June 1992 (aged 21) 22   Glasgow Warriors
Peter Murchie Fullback (1986-01-07)7 January 1986 (aged 28) 2   Glasgow Warriors

MatchesEdit

United StatesEdit

7 June 2014
19:30 CDT (UTC-05)
United States   6–24   Scotland
Pen: Wyles (2/3) 11', 51'
Report[8] Try: Visser 15' c
Penalty try 30' c
Hogg 66' c
Con: Laidlaw (3/3) 16', 31', 67'
Pen: Laidlaw (1/2) 6'
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
FB 15 Chris Wyles
RW 14 Blaine Scully
OC 13 Seamus Kelly
IC 12 Andrew Suniula   19'
LW 11 Luke Hume
FH 10 Shalom Suniula
SH 9 Mike Petri   70'
N8 8 Cam Dolan
OF 7 Scott LaValla
BF 6 Todd Clever (c)   77' to 79'
RL 5 Hayden Smith   29'   39'   53'
LL 4 Louis Stanfill   63'
TP 3 Eric Fry   40'
HK 2 Phil Thiel   18'
LP 1 Olive Kilifi   29' to 39'   52'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tom Coolican   18'
PR 17 Nicholas Wallace   29'   39'   40'
PR 18 Titi Lamositele   52'
LK 19 Tai Tuisamoa   63'
FL 20 Danny Barrett   53'
CE 21 Folau Niua   19'
CE 22 Chad London   77'   79'
WG 23 Tim Maupin   70'
Coach:
  Mike Tolkin
FB 15 Stuart Hogg   74'
RW 14 Sean Maitland
OC 13 Sean Lamont
IC 12 Duncan Taylor   62'
LW 11 Tim Visser
FH 10 Finn Russell
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 Johnnie Beattie
OF 7 Blair Cowan
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch   62'
RL 5 Jim Hamilton   37'
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Geoff Cross   44'
HK 2 Scott Lawson   62'
LP 1 Gordon Reid   55'
Replacements:
HK 16 Pat MacArthur   62'
PR 17 Alex Allan   55'
PR 18 Moray Low   44'
LK 19 Grant Gilchrist   37'
FL 20 Kieran Low   62'
SH 21 Grayson Hart
FH 22 Ruaridh Jackson   74'
CE 23 Max Evans   62'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Chris Assmus (Canada)
Television match official:
Alan Hosie (Canada)

Notes:

CanadaEdit

14 June 2014
14:10 EDT (UTC-04)
Canada   17–19   Scotland
Try: Hassler 22' m
Con: Pritchard (0/1)
Pen: Pritchard (4/5) 20', 43', 51', 70'
Report[10] Try: Gilchrist 27' c
Con: Laidlaw (1/1) 28'
Pen: Laidlaw (3/3) 2', 38', 71'
Hogg (1/1) 60'
BMO Field, Toronto [9][11]
Attendance: 18,788
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Canada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
FB 15 James Pritchard
RW 14 Jeff Hassler   43'
OC 13 Ciaran Hearn
IC 12 Nick Blevins   63'
LW 11 Taylor Paris
FH 10 Harry Jones
SH 9 Phil Mack   70'
N8 8 Tyler Ardron (c)
OF 7 John Moonlight
BF 6 Jebb Sinclair   75'
RL 5 Jamie Cudmore
LL 4 Tyler Hotson
TP 3 Jason Marshall   77'
HK 2 Aaron Carpenter   58'
LP 1 Hubert Buydens   54'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ray Barkwill   58'
PR 17 Andrew Tiedemann   54'
PR 18 Jake Illnicki   77'
FL 19 Kyle Gilmour
LK 20 Jon Phelan
SH 21 Gordon McRorie   70'
FB 22 Connor Braid   63'
WG 23 D. T. H. van der Merwe   43'
Coach:
  Kieran Crowley
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Sean Maitland
OC 13 Sean Lamont
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Tim Visser   73'
FH 10 Finn Russell   61'
SH 9 Greig Laidlaw (c)
N8 8 Johnnie Beattie   59'
OF 7 Kelly Brown   47'
BF 6 Alasdair Strokosch   30'
RL 5 Grant Gilchrist
LL 4 Richie Gray
TP 3 Moray Low   51'
HK 2 Scott Lawson
LP 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements:
HK 16 Kevin Bryce   59'
PR 17 Kyle Traynor
PR 18 Geoff Cross   51'
FL 19 Kieran Low   47'
FL 20 Blair Cowan   30'
SH 21 Grayson Hart   75'
FH 22 Ruaridh Jackson   61'   75'
CE 23 Max Evans   73'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

Touch judges:
Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Nick Ricono (United States)
Television match official:
Davey Ardrey (United States)

Notes:

ArgentinaEdit

20 June 2014
16:10 ART (UTC-03)
Argentina   19–21   Scotland
Try: Ortega Desio 13' m
Tuculet 59' m
Pen: Sánchez (2/2) 42', 57'
Drop: Sánchez (1/3) 27'
Report[12] Try: Hogg 6' c
Pyrgos 73' m
Con: Weir (1/2) 7'
Pen: Weir (3/4) 55', 70', 78'
 
 
 
 
 
 
Argentina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scotland
FB 15 Lucas González Amorosino
RW 14 Santiago Cordero   57'
OC 13 Matías Orlando   61'
IC 12 Santiago González Iglesias
LW 11 Manuel Montero
FH 10 Nicolás Sánchez   64'   71'
SH 9 Tomás Cubelli (c)   57'   64'   71'
N8 8 Tomás de la Vega
OF 7 Javier Ortega Desio   56'
BF 6 Rodrigo Baez
RL 5 Matías Alemanno   55'
LL 4 Manuel Carizza
TP 3 Matías Díaz   46'
HK 2 Julián Montoya   50'
LP 1 Bruno Postiglioni   57'
Replacements:
HK 16 Santiago Iglesias   50'
PR 17 Lucas Noguera Paz   57'
PR 18 Tetaz Chaparro   46'
LK 19 Tomás Lavanini   55'
N8 20 Antonio Ahualli de Chazal   56'
SH 21 Martín Landajo   57'
CE 22 Matías Moroni   61'
FB 23 Joaquín Tuculet   57'
Coach:
  Daniel Hourcade
FB 15 Stuart Hogg
RW 14 Sean Maitland
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Peter Horne   64'
LW 11 Tommy Seymour
FH 10 Duncan Weir
SH 9 Grayson Hart   47'
N8 8 Kieran Low
OF 7 Blair Cowan   61'
BF 6 Rob Harley
RL 5 Grant Gilchrist (c)
LL 4 Jonny Gray   55'
TP 3 Geoff Cross   61'
HK 2 Ross Ford   61'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson   61'
Replacements:
HK 16 Pat MacArthur   61'
PR 17 Gordon Reid   61'
PR 18 Jon Welsh   61'
LK 19 Tim Swinson   55'
FL 20 Chris Fusaro   61'
SH 21 Henry Pyrgos   47'
FH 22 Tom Heathcote
WG 23 Dougie Fife   64'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Touch judges:
Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Television match official:
Deon van Bloomestein (South Africa)

Notes:

South AfricaEdit

28 June 2014
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   55–6   Scotland
Try: Coetzee (2) 3' c, 51' c
Le Roux 10' c
Mvovo (2) 16' m, 61' c
Pietersen 56' m
De Jager (2) 64' c, 78' c
Con: Pollard (5/7) 4', 11', 52', 62', 65'
Boshoff 79'
Pen: Pollard (1/1) 44'
Report[14] Pen: Weir (2/2) 7', 36'
FB 15 Willie le Roux   21' to 27'   75'
RW 14 Cornal Hendricks
OC 13 JP Pietersen
IC 12 Jan Serfontein
LW 11 Lwazi Mvovo
FH 10 Handré Pollard   70'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   28'
N8 8 Duane Vermeulen   66'
OF 7 Schalk Burger
BF 6 Marcell Coetzee
RL 5 Victor Matfield (c)   70'
LL 4 Lood de Jager
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis   70'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   54'
LP 1 Coenie Oosthuizen   50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adriaan Strauss   54'
PR 17 Trevor Nyakane   70'
PR 18 Marcel van der Merwe   50'
LK 19 Stephan Lewies   70'
FL 20 Oupa Mohojé   66'
SH 21 Francois Hougaard   29'
FH 22 Marnitz Boshoff   70'
FB 23 Zane Kirchner   21'   27'   75'
Coach:
  Heyneke Meyer
FB 15 Stuart Hogg   71'
RW 14 Sean Maitland   53'
OC 13 Nick De Luca
IC 12 Peter Horne
LW 11 Tommy Seymour
FH 10 Duncan Weir
SH 9 Henry Pyrgos   76'
N8 8 Adam Ashe
OF 7 Chris Fusaro   49'
BF 6 Rob Harley
RL 5 Grant Gilchrist (c)
LL 4 Tim Swinson   50' to 60'   60'
TP 3 Geoff Cross   50'
HK 2 Ross Ford   60'
LP 1 Alasdair Dickinson   79'
Replacements:
HK 16 Kevin Bryce   60'
PR 17 Moray Low   79'
PR 18 Euan Murray   50'
LK 19 Jonny Gray   60'
FL 20 Tyrone Holmes   49'
SH 21 Grayson Hart   76'
WG 22 Dougie Fife   53'
FB 23 Peter Murchie   71'
Coach:
  Vern Cotter

Man of the Match:
JP Pietersen (South Africa

Touch judges:
Romain Poite (France)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

StatisticsEdit

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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