EIGHT players in total have been added to the Scotland training squad ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Wales at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh duo Hamish Watson (flanker) and WP Nel (tight-head prop) have been called up after making it through their return from injury with their club side against Treviso at the weekend. Back-five forward Sam Skinner, who picked up an ankle injury in Scotland’s Six Nations opener against Italy, but did not play for Exeter Chiefs on Saturday but has been deemed fit for an international recall.
Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors youngsters Stafford McDowall (centre), Grant Stewart (hooker) and Matt Fagerson (back-row) also join/re-join the group.
Finally, Gordon Reid (loose-head prop) of London Irish and Byron McGuigan (wing) of Sale Sharks are involved for the first time in this series.
Eight players have also dropped out of the squad. George Horne (shoulder), prop D’arcy Rae (ankle), hooker George Turner (graduated return to play protocol for concussion) and centre Chris Dean (back) are injured, while prop Alex Allan, Rob Harley, John Hardie and Duncan Weir have been released.
Full-back Stuart Hogg will not join the squad in the camp this week as he is not being considered for this Saturday’s game against Wales, following the shoulder injury he sustained against Ireland in the second round of the championship.
“He remains under the joint care of the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland medical teams, with his rehabilitation progress and review ongoing,” said a statement issued by the Scotland team.
Finn Russell, who missed the France game with a head-knock, played 65 minutes and scored a try in Racing 92’s victory over La Rochelle on Saturday, and is expected to be fit and available for Wales.
Second-row Richie Gray has been left to continue his return to full fitness with Toulouse as he looks to put behind him the hip/lower-back injury which has blighted his season.