France v Scotland: Matt Fagerson ruled out by injury

Edinburgh's Nick Haining is promoted to starting line-up while Ryan Wilson comes on to the bench

Matt Fagerson
Injury has ruled Matt Fagerson out of the Scotland team to play France tomorrow. Image: © Craig Watson.

MATT Fagerson is out of the Scotland team to play France tomorrow night because of an injury sustained in training yesterday. The Glasgow No 8 is replaced in the starting line-up by Edinburgh’s Nick Haining, while his Warriors team-mate Ryan Wilson comes on to the bench.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend revealed yesterday that there had been one injury doubt in his squad, but did not say who it concerned. But in a statement issued at lunchtime he explained the situation. “Matt suffered an ankle injury in our final training session this week before we headed to Paris,” he said.

“It is disappointing for Matt, who has been playing consistently well throughout the Championship. Nick now has the opportunity from the start to show his abilities in what will be a great challenge for our forward pack.

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“We were able to call on Ryan at short notice given Glasgow Warriors had already conducted two Covid tests this week, which meant he was safe to travel and join up with the squad yesterday afternoon. Given Ryan’s Test match experience and his form this season, we believe he will grab his opportunity on his return to the squad. And, if he comes off the bench tomorrow night, he will achieve his 50th cap, which is a significant milestone.”

The statement did not suggest how long Fagerson might be sidelined for, saying only:

“Scotland number 8 Matt Fagerson will miss Friday’s Guinness Six Nations match vs France through an injury sustained in training on Wednesday. He has stayed in Scotland to have it assessed and will return to his club to start his recovery.

“Glasgow Warriors forward Ryan Wilson has been called into the Scotland squad and travelled to France with the team for the concluding match in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

“Edinburgh Rugby’s Nick Haining replaces Fagerson in the starting Scotland XV at number 8 with Ryan Wilson joining the replacements.”

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  1. Well done hoggy for holding it together.Thats us been totally shafted again.i wonder what punishment we would have suffered for a breach in our camp. Absolutely stiched up again its a joke

  2. It’s not ideal and must be disruptive for it to happen so close to the game but I’ve thought MF gives away too many penalties and I think Haining will bring a bit more physicality. I share the comment/concern about Bradbury’s absence

    • To be fair Fagerson will have to play til he’s fifty to have given away as many cheap penalities and yellow cards as Wilson….

  3. I hope Scotland will cope with France going to play at a torrid pace!
    Bradburry not considered at the moment, is he in a bad form?

    • Bradbury is playing lock for Edinburgh as injury cover Hugues, his performances have been reasonable but he still remains prone to sporadic effectiveness. Haining is a handy replacement and a heavy-duty carrier, besides the closest Scotland have to an enforcer type player. Speedy recovery to Fagerson nonetheless.

    • Bradbury hasn’t played very well for Edinburgh this season, though he does seem to be getting back to more his old self in the last couple of games.

  4. Shame for Matt F but great to have Wilson back in the squad. A well deserved recall for the big man!


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