Richie Gray to miss Autumn Tests and a serious doubt for Six Nations

65-times capped second-row requires surgery on a hip injury

Richie Gray
Scotland second-row Richie Gray has been ruled out for four months with a hip injury ***Image: © Craig Watson -***

RICHIE GRAY will miss Scotland’s Autumn test series and faces a race against time to be fit for the Six Nations due to a hip injury suffered whilst playing for Toulouse against Agen last weekend, according to French sports newspaper L’Equipe. The 29-year-old second-row requires surgery and is expected to be out for four months.

The 65-times capped internationalist missed much of last season with a back injury followed by a calf problem, then dropped out of Scotland’s summer tour to the Americas and missed the first six weeks of the current campaign with a hip complaint. It appears he may have been rushed been back to club duty due to Toulouse being short of second-row options last weekend with Joe Tekori also injured (although he is now fit again) and Piula Faasalele suspended until November.

Gray managed 59 minutes of Toulouse’s 10-0 victory over Agen and was expected to be part of the squad which took on Bath in the Champions Cup on Saturday, but was forced to withdraw from the squad and now needs surgery. It is not entirely clear based on the L’Equipe report whether it is a recurrence of the hip issue which kept him out at the start of the season or a separate injury.

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will name his training squad for the Autumn series on Wednesday morning. The team will play four matches, against Wales away on 3rd November, followed by Fiji, South Africa and Argentina on consecutive weekends at Murrayfield.

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