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Scotland selects England-based players despite funding row

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Scotland has selected five England-based players in its squad for the autumn tests, even though they are not currently available for international duty because of a funding dispute.

Clubs in the English Premiership have voted to withhold their Scotland players - as well as players representing Italy, Samoa and Tonga - over an outstanding injury compensation bill totaling nearly $500,000.

That hasn't stopped Scotland coach Vern Cotter from picking captain Greig Laidlaw, prop Moray Low, center Duncan Taylor and wingers Sean Maitland and Tim Visser in a 31-man squad for next month's games with Australia, Argentina and Georgia.