With one game remaining after two Test wins over Italy (34-13) and Australia (24-19), Townsend has allowed centre Alex Dunbar and back-row Magnus Bradbury to begin their summer break a week early, while lock Lewis Carmichael has returned to Perth, Australia, where he’ll complete his loan spell with Super Rugby side Western Force.
The departing trio joined fly-half Finn Russell and prop Allan Dell in the Sydney Airport departures lounge as they headed to New Zealand to join the British and Irish Lions.
Townsend told Scottish Rugby: “Firstly congratulations to Finn and Allan. We’ve been very supportive of our players getting opportunities to go on the British & Irish Lions tour and they go with our blessing.
“We look forward to seeing them continue their excellent form, enjoying the Lions experience and coming back better players.
“Lewis Carmichael has returned to the Western Force after a productive time with us.
“We’ve learned a bit more about him and it’s been a very good experience for him being involved on match-day in two successful Test matches. He now has an opportunity to build on what he’s learned over the summer and make a big impact at Edinburgh Rugby next season.
“Alex Dunbar and Magnus Bradbury have not traveled to Fiji as we always planned to reduce the squad for our final match of the tour. We felt it was right that they got a rest if they weren’t being considered for selection.
“After a fantastic result yesterday it’s important that we continue to work hard, improve and raise our game for the challenge of Fiji this Saturday.”