Carmichael invited to train with touring Scotland squad

Carmichael invited to train with touring Scotland squad

Young Edinburgh Rugby lock Lewis Carmichael has been invited to train with the Scotland squad on the national team’s summer tour of Singapore, Australia and Fiji.

Uncapped Carmichael (22) joined the tour from Australian-side Western Force where he was on a short-term loan as part of a development agreement that began in March.

Carmichael has since added exposure to the southern-hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition to the Guinness PRO12 and European Challenge Cup experience he earned in his debut season.

He arrived in Singapore last night (Thursday) and joined his national team counerparts ahead of the opening summer test match against Italy at the National Stadium (Saturday 10 June, kick-off 8pm, 1pm BST) – live on BBC Scotland.

Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend, said: “We’ve watched Lewis closely over the last few weeks and it’s been great to see how quickly he’s settled in to Super Rugby level. He’s been getting better and better with each game.

“This is a great opportunity for him given that it’s a relatively easy journey from Perth, Australia, to join the squad. It’s also an chance for us, as coaches, to get him up to speed with the group ahead of our test week in Sydney.”

The Edinburgh-born, former North Berwick High School pupil represented the city of his birth at U17 and U18 levels before being drafted into the Scotland U18 squad.

He went on to lift the BT Premiership title with Melrose in 2014 and further his age-grade honours with Scotland U20 in 2015 alongside Scotland cap Magnus Bradbury, also in the Scotland squad for the summer tour.

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