#RWC2019: Magnus Bradbury replaces injured Hamish Watson

Edinburgh back-rower was already in Japan as injury cover for Jamie Ritchie, who has a fractured bons in the face

Magnus Bradbury trains with the Scotland squad. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson
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EDINBURGH back-row Magnus Bradbury will replace club-mate Hamish Watson in the Scotland squad for the remainder of their Rugby World Cup campaign.

Watson sustained a knee injury in the national team’s opening weekend Pool A defeat to Ireland at the International Stadium Yokohama yesterday, with a post-match scan confirming he’ll play no further part in the tournament.

Bradbury was already in Japan as precautionary injury cover while Jamie Ritchie recovers from a facial fracture.

“While there is a high probability of picking up injuries during a Rugby World Cup, it is always disappointing to see someone having to head home,” said Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend. “We feel for Hamish, who had worked so hard for this opportunity, and wish him well in his recovery.”

Townsend revealed immediately after the game that Ritchie has now resumed full training and will be able to play in the next match against Samoa a week today.

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.