Scotland v Fiji: Stuart Hogg & Josh Strauss among six squad additions

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg last played for Glasgow Warriors on 7 September
Scotland v Fiji
Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 10 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio Scotland the BBC Sport website and app. Live text on BBC Sport website

Stuart Hogg is fit enough to be included in the Scotland squad for Saturday's home Test against Fiji.

The star full-back, 26, was expected to miss the entire autumn series after ankle surgery in September.

Hogg's Glasgow Warriors team-mates Adam Ashe, Scott Cummings and Nick Grigg are also called up after last Saturday's defeat by Wales in Cardiff.

English-based duo Josh Strauss and Duncan Weir return after long absences from the international scene.

Forwards coach Danny Wilson refused to rule out the possibility of Hogg making a remarkable comeback against Fiji, having not played since injuring his ankle against Munster on 7 September.

"He's still got a few boxes to tick, [there are] a few decisions to make on that," Wilson said. "But he's made really good progress and he's ahead of schedule so we'll see how he is in the rest of the week."

Sale Sharks back-row Strauss has not featured under head coach Gregor Townsend since a defeat in Fiji on the summer tour of 2017, while the last of Worcester Warriors fly-half Weir's 27 caps came as a replacement against Italy in last year's Six Nations.

Scarlets back-row Blade Thomson is denied the chance of a Scotland debut after suffering concussion during Friday's Pro14 loss to Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

Centre James Lang, a late squad call-up for the opening loss to Wales, picked up a rib injury playing for Harlequins.

Leicester back-row David Denton and Edinburgh centre Matt Scott miss out again as they continue their ongoing recovery from head injuries.

Edinburgh trio Ross Ford, Henry Pyrgos and Dougie Fife have been released from the squad.

Chance for Strauss to regain trust of Townsend - analysis

Andy Burke, BBC Scotland rugby reporter:

Stuart Hogg joining the squad is news to warm the hearts of Scotland fans.

The sight of him running around the pitch helping with the team's warm-up in Cardiff's Principality Stadium ahead of the Wales match suggested his comeback was ahead of schedule. Initially ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks following ankle surgery, him playing against Fiji nine weeks later would be remarkable, though South Africa the following week may be the more likely target.

Seemingly cast aside by Gregor Townsend having not played for Scotland in over a year, Duncan Weir and Josh Strauss suddenly find themselves with an opportunity to play their way back into contention.

Weir may struggle to get past Finn Russell and Adam Hastings in the fly-half pecking order, but many feel Scotland are lacking a destructive ball-carrier at number eight, which could leave the door ajar for Strauss to regain Townsend's trust.

Revised Scotland squad for Fiji match:

Forwards:

Props: Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Allan Dell (Edinburgh), Murray McCallum (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (London Irish); Hookers: Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) Locks: Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh), Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) Back-rows: Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).

Backs:

Back three: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors); Centres: Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors); Fly-halves: Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Racing 92), Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors); Scrum-halves: George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors).

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