6N injury update: McGuigan ruled out and no return for Gray or Taylor versus France

Alex Dunbar likely to be available

Byron McGuigan will miss France match with a hamstring injury. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

BYRON McGUIGAN has been ruled out of this Sunday’s NatWest 6 Nations Test against France at BT Murrayfield with a hamstring injury. The Scotland wing sustained the injury in the second-half of the national team’s demoralising 34-7 loss to Wales in Cardiff at the weekend and has returned to the care of his club’s medical team for ongoing rehabilitation.

Scotland’s management team have also confirmed lock Richie Gray (calf) and centre Duncan Taylor (head) have not recovered sufficiently to join the Scotland squad in camp this week ahead of Sunday’s match.

Glasgow Warriors centre Alex Dunbar is hopeful of having completed the head injury assessment (HIA) protocol in time for the match.

Edinburgh tight-head prop Simon Berghan will also come into contention having now fully served the six-week suspension he was handed down as a result of being sent-off for stamping when playing against Warriors just before Christmas.

Sean Maitland, who started Saturday’s match on the bench, is the obvious candidate to take McGuigan’s place in the starting fifteen, while Lee Jones of Glasgow Warriors and Blair Kinghorn of Edinburgh are in the frame to come into the match-day squad as back-three cover.

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