Chris Harris has been named in Scotland's Six Nations squad - putting him in line to face fellow Cumbrian Steve Borthwick's England team.

Former Carlisle Rugby Club player Harris was today named in Gregor Townsend's 40-man squad.

The announcement comes ahead of next month's opening game which sees Carlisle-born Borthwick take charge for the first time in the Calcutta Cup clash with the Scots.

Centre Harris, a mainstay of the Scotland squad in recent years, is chosen among the backs and is set to add to his 39 caps.

The Carlisle-born player is joined by four uncapped players in Townsend's squad.

Ben Healy, Ruaridh McConnochie, Stafford McDowall and Cameron Henderson are all in line for their first Scotland appearances.

Scotland take on England at Twickenham on Saturday, February 4.

"The Six Nations being around the corner is a very exciting time," said coach Townsend.

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