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Denton confident of Scottish improvement

Leicester Tigers back-rower David Denton has been named in Scotland's squad for their upcoming Autumn internationals, kicking off against Wales on November 3 for the Doddie Weir Cup.

Denton, who was the first Lumbers Player of the Month of the season after a stellar start to his Tigers career since joining from Worcester over the summer, says the he's confident the Scots will continue to improve after an impressive 2017/18.

"It's always an honour to be included and I'm excited for the challenge of this upcoming Autumn series," said Denton.

"We had a strong Six Nations campaign and summer tour, which we're hopeful of continuing to improve on and get better as a team."

Personally, the Tigers back-rower is also hopeful of showing his own value to head coach Gregor Townsend as next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan fast approaches. 

"With a world cup so close, there is obviously an added challenge of continuing to prove myself to be a part of that in 2019," he said.

Denton missed last weekend's Heineken Champions Cup opener away to Ulster after suffering a head knock in the Gallagher Premiership win over Northampton at Twickenham.

40-MAN SCOTLAND SQUAD FOR 2018 AUTUMN TESTS

FORWARDS (22)
Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors) – 4 caps
Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 10 caps
Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 4 caps
Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 34 caps
Allan Dell (Edinburgh) – 13 caps
David Denton (Leicester Tigers) – 42 caps
Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 1 cap
Ross Ford (Edinburgh) – 110 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 25 caps
Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps
Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors) – 20 caps
Murray McCallum (Edinburgh) – 3 caps
Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 18 caps
Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 22 caps
Gordon Reid (London Irish) – 32 caps
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 2 caps
Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs) – uncapped
Blade Thomson (Scarlets) – uncapped
Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 12 caps
George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 5 caps
Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 20 caps
Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) – 37 caps

BACKS (18)
Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps
Dougie Fife (Edinburgh) – 8 caps
Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons) – 4 caps
Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 3 caps
George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 2 caps
Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 35 caps
Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 5 caps
Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne) – 63 caps
Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 34 caps
Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 5 caps
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 17 caps
Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh) – 27 caps
Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 37 caps
Matt Scott (Edinburgh) – 39 caps
Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors) – 43 caps