GREGOR TOWNSEND has added six players to his Six Nations Squad ahead of Saturday’s round three clash against France, while five players including Cam Redpath, who has a neck injury, have dropped out of the group.
James Lang (centre), Ollie Smith (full-back), Oli Kebble (prop), Simon Berghan (tight-head prop), Kiran McDonald (second-row) and Marshall Sykes (second-row) have met up with the Scotland squad at the base in west Edinburgh, while Rory Sutherland (rib injury), Javan Sebastian, Jonny Gray (ankle injury), Scott Cummings (knee injury) and Redpath have returned to their clubs.
A statement from Scottish Rugby said the injured players will “continue to be assessed in the coming weeks ahead of the remaining two games against Italy and Ireland”.
Meanwhile, assistant coach AB Zondagh was cagey during his press briefing mid-afternoon today [Monday] about the prognosis for Redpath. “For the moment he is ruled out for this week and being assessed for an injury,” he said. “We are still waiting to hear back but he is definitely out for this week. He has an injury to his neck. The severity of that we don’t know but he has been ruled out this week and hopefully we will have more information on that in the next couple of days.”
Zondagh wasn’t much more forthcoming when it came to Matt Fagerson, who suffered a foot injury after 30 minutes of Scotland defeat to Wales but remains part of the squad. “Matt is with us at the moment and he will be assessed and we will see how he goes during the course of the week,” he said. “He is in camp and with us. More than that, I can’t give you at the moment. He is being assessed by a specialist at Spire Hospital and is back in camp with us so hopefully in the next day or two we will have more information on that.”
31-times capped Glasgow Warriors tight-head prop Berghan is a direct replacement for Sebastian, having recovered from the achilles injury which sidelined him for the first half of the season. 11-times capped Kebble can play both sides of the front-row but is likely to challenge Allan Dell for back-up to Pierre Schoeman at loose-head this week.
Sykes (who made his international debut against Tonga in the autumn) and McDonald (uncapped) come in due to the injuries suffered by Gray and Cummings, and join Grant Gilchrist, Sam Skinner and Jamie Hodgson as the recognised second-rows in the side.
Meanwhile, Lang is a like-for-like replacement for Redpath, while Smith appears to have been rewarded for his fine recent club form.
Having been ruled out of the opening two Guinness Six Nations games through concussion, Josh Bayliss made an impressive return at the weekend, scoring a try for Bath in a defeat to Leicester Tigers, and he will be available for selection.
“While it is disappointing to lose players to injury ahead of the France match, this is a great opportunity for the new players to impress and force their way into our match-day squad,” said head coach Townsend.
“The attritional nature of the Guinness Six Nations means there are often changes made to the squad throughout the championship and it is a challenge we are much better equipped to deal with given our current squad depth.”
“We wish those that have missed out through injury all the best in their rehabilitation, and we will continue to monitor their progress ahead of the final two games of the championship.”
Scotland Squad –
- Ewan Ashman – Sale Sharks – 2 caps
- Josh Bayliss – Bath Rugby – 2 caps
- Simon Berghan – Glasgow Warriors – 31 caps
- Magnus Bradbury – Edinburgh Rugby – 16 caps
- Andy Christie – Saracens – uncapped
- Allan Dell – London Irish – 32 caps
- Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors – 1 cap
- Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 19 caps
- Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors – 44 caps
- Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby – 50 caps
- Nick Haining – Edinburgh Rugby – 10 caps
- Jamie Hodgson – Edinburgh Rugby – 3 caps
- Oli Kebble – Glasgow Warriors – 11 caps
- Stuart McInally – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps
- Kiran McDonald – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
- WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps
- Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby – 6 caps
- Sam Skinner – Exeter Chiefs – 17 caps
- Marshall Sykes – Edinburgh Rugby – 1 cap
- George Turner – Glasgow Warriors – 20 caps
- Hamish Watson – Edinburgh Rugby – 45 caps
- Mark Bennett – Edinburgh Rugby – 22 caps
- Darcy Graham – Edinburgh Rugby – 24 caps
- Chris Harris – Gloucester Rugby – 33 caps
- Stuart Hogg – Exeter Chiefs – 90 caps – Captain
- Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints – 5 caps
- Sam Johnson – Glasgow Warriors – 22 caps
- Blair Kinghorn – Edinburgh Rugby – 30 caps
- James Lang – Edinburgh Rugby – 6 caps
- Rufus McLean – Glasgow Warriors – 2 caps
- Ali Price – Glasgow Warriors – 48 caps
- Kyle Rowe – London Irish – uncapped
- Finn Russell – Racing 92 – 60 caps
- Ollie Smith – Glasgow Warriors – uncapped
- Kyle Steyn – Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps
- Sione Tuipulotu- Glasgow Warriors – 3 caps
- Duhan van der Merwe – Worcester Warriors – 15 caps
- Ben Vellacott – Edinburgh Rugby – uncapped
- Ben White – London Irish – 2 caps