SCOTLAND will not be selecting Worcester Warriors' Fin Smith in the near future as he is not yet deemed ready for international rugby by head coach Gregor Townsend.

The Worcester News was informed of a conversation between Townsend and Warriors' director of rugby Steve Diamond last week, where the future of the 20-year-old fly half was discussed.

There were rumours that Townsend was going to select Smith, who's grandfather is Scottish, in the summer squad for the summer series with Argentina.

But Townsend and Diamond agreed that the player was too young at this point and another few years of experience in the Premiership was necessary before an international call-up.

Townsend did specify that any Scotland selection at this early stage would be to tie him down to the country and would likely be a one off until he has gained more senior minutes with his club.

Smith has played in the England U20 squad in the last 12 months and many believe is destined for a call-up to Eddie Jones' England senior side.

But given the competition at fly-half in England; Marcus Smith, Charlie Atkinson and Jacob Umaga to name a few, some think Scotland could be an avenue for Smith in terms of international honours.

He nailed down the starting 10 role at Worcester in the 2021/22 campaign and has become a player that Diamond is very keen to build around.

International recognition is expected for a youngster of Smith's quality and given he can play for England or Scotland, both will be keen to secure him.