EDINBURGH scrum-half Henry Pyrgos has been called into Scotland’s Rugby World Cup squad in place of Ali Price, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a foot injury.
Price picked up the injury during Scotland’s defeat to Ireland in their World Cup opener on Sunday. The following day the team travelled to Kobe – the host city of Scotland’s next World Cup clash against Samoa – where an x-ray confirmed he would play no further part in the tournament.
This will be Edinburgh scrum-half Pyrgos’s second World Cup campaign having previously been involved in 2015. He earned the last of his 27 caps in the national team’s home win over Australia in 2017.
Pyrgos is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Thursday to take his place in the 31-man group preparing to face the Pacific Islanders at the Kobe Misaki Stadium on Monday.
This is the second change to the squad this week, with Magnus Bradbury being brought in to replace of Hamish Watson, who has a knee injury, on Monday.
“We’re disappointed for Ali to have to return home so early in the tournament,” said head coach Gregor Townsend.
“Both Ali and Hamish had invested a lot of effort into being in their best physical shape for the world cup and it’s a shame they’ve only been involved in one game.
“However, we have a lot of belief in our wider group and the two new players [Magnus Bradbury and Henry Pyrgos] who have been given this opportunity.”