Stirling Mortlock will be captain on Australia's seven-match tour of Europe next month after George Gregan chose to rest from the tour and concentrate on next year's World Cup in France.

Brumbies utility back Gene Fairbanks and Queensland lock James Horwill are the only uncapped players in a 37-man squad.

The party also includes nine players who were not part of the Wallabies 12-Test international season this year with veterans Brendan Cannon (hooker), David Lyons (No 8) and centre Morgan Turinui returning to the fold, as are up-and-comers Al Campbell, Stephen Hoiles, Hugh McMeniman, Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau.

"It is a great opportunity for a lot of the guys in the squad," Mortlock said, "likewise a fair opportunity for myself to have a crack at captain on the tour."

Coach John Connolly has named Dan Vickerman and Phil Waugh as vice-captains. Vickerman is expected to skipper the side in the first Test against Wales if Mortlock is unable to recover from last week's minor knee surgery.

Sam Cordingley and Brett Sheehan were the only scrum-halves named to compete for Gregan's vacant position, suggesting Matt Giteau may get a run at scrum-half sometime on the tour. n Scotland coach Frank Hadden has told his squad there is no room for relaxation as the build-up for the 2007 World Cup gains momentum.

With only 11 matches in as many months until the competition, Hadden is determined to build on the solid foundations laid last year, during which time Scotland managed their best Six Nations finish to date.

Scotland's first training camp was held at Murrayfield on Monday and yesterday. "It's been an excellent couple of days," Hadden said. "These sessions have been about reminding the players of what we are trying to do and I'm pleased with the way that has gone."

Scotland play Romania, the Pacific Islands and Australia next month.