Six Nations: Richie Gray and Luke Crosbie out for rest of championship

Darcy Graham and WP Nel will resume training with Edinburgh this week

Richie Gray along with Luke Crosbie will miss the remainder of the Six Nations through injury. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Richie Gray along with Luke Crosbie will miss the remainder of the Six Nations through injury. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

RICHIE GRAY and Luke Crosbie will miss the remainder of Scotland’s 2024 Six Nations campaign due to bicep and shoulder injuries, respectively, suffered against Wales last weekend.

Meanwhile, WP Nel and Darcy Graham are set to miss Saturday’s game against France, having already sat out the Wales clash due to neck and quad injuries, respectively. A statement from Scottish Rugby explained that they are “recovering well from their injuries and they will resume training with Edinburgh this week”.

Head coach Gregor Townsend has already explained that co-captain Rory Darge resumed full training with Scotland prior to the Wales game and should be in the selection mix to face France.


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No new names have been added to the squad. However, Glasgow Warriors second-rows Max Williamson and Alex Samuel have been called in to train with the group this week, alongside clubmates Jamie Dobie and Euan Ferrie.

Updated Scotland squad for the 2024 Guinness Six Nations (caps in brackets):

Forwards:

  • Ewan Ashman – Edinburgh Rugby (13)
  • Josh Bayliss – Bath Rugby (5)
  • Jamie Bhatti – Glasgow Warriors (34)
  • Andy Christie – Saracens (4)
  • Scott Cummings – Glasgow Warriors (34)
  • Jack Dempsey – Glasgow Warriors (16)
  • Rory Darge – Glasgow Warriors (15) CO-CAPTAIN=
  • Grant Gilchrist – Edinburgh Rugby (68)
  • Matt Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors (41)
  • Zander Fagerson – Glasgow Warriors (63)
  • Alec Hepburn – Exeter Chiefs (1)
  • Johnny Matthews – Glasgow Warriors (1)
  • Elliot Millar-Mills – Northampton Saints (1)
  • WP Nel – Edinburgh Rugby (61)
  • Jamie Ritchie – Edinburgh Rugby (47)
  • Javan Sebastian – Edinburgh Rugby (7)
  • Pierre Schoeman – Edinburgh Rugby (27)
  • Sam Skinner – Edinburgh Rugby (31)
  • George Turner – Glasgow Warriors (41)
  • Glen Young – Edinburgh Rugby (3)

Backs:

  • Ben Healy – Edinburgh Rugby (4)
  • George Horne – Glasgow Warriors (27)
  • Rory Hutchinson – Northampton Saints (8)
  • Huw Jones – Glasgow Warriors (44)
  • Blair Kinghorn – Toulouse (50)
  • Stafford McDowall – Glasgow Warriors (1)
  • Ross McCann – Great Britain Sevens (uncapped)
  • Harry Paterson – Edinburgh Rugby (uncapped)
  • Ali Price – Edinburgh Rugby (66)
  • Cameron Redpath – Bath Rugby (9)
  • Arron Reed – Sale Sharks (uncapped)
  • Kyle Rowe – Glasgow Warriors (2)
  • Finn Russell – Bath Rugby (76) CO-CAPTAIN
  • Kyle Steyn – Glasgow Warriors (16)
  • Ross Thompson – Glasgow Warriors (3)
  • Sione Tuipulotu – Glasgow Warriors (23)
  • Duhan van der Merwe – Edinburgh Rugby (35)
  • Ben White – Toulon (19)

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23 Comments

  1. Well well well. Our ‘depth’ is the size of the gable end of a stamp.
    We will legitimately get hammered by a fired up France. I don’t like saying it but with our best team, or even best possible of available, we’d still have hard time.
    Beat we can hope for is a cold snap so France get a bit of a shock and then also to run smaller players at bigger ones in hopes of a high tackle red card.

    I’m thinking of Calcutta Cup tbh. We need to get our best team firing for that game.

  2. Anyone remember how Dan Biggar reacted to a wayward pass from Rio Dyer in the 6N at Murrayfield last year. Or his rage at his teammates during the game against Fiji when they didn’t get the ball out for halftime so he could get them in the sheds to reorganise. If something had shown passion like that behind the posts after Wales’ first driving maul I don’t think they would have scored their second. Are our coaches and players too accepting of mistakes?. We surely can’t keep hearing “we’ll take our learnings and be better next time “. Someone on the pitch, in the heat of it, has to take charge. Without sounding like Gregor Townsend, it’ll be different on Saturday against France.

  3. Thought Gray looked unhappy on Saturday and so it proves, he is a big loss at the line out. Did not notice Crosby getting injured , but that’s a blow as well.
    Just play Mathews and the biggest guys you can assemble. We are also light in the second row with 3 guys we recognize. Not sure if the returning Darge should be stating against the giants of France maybe on the bench. Christie is just listed as back row on the Saracens web site so perm Dempsey/Christie/Fagerson in the back row. It will be an interesting team selection.

  4. It’s also time to end the Ashman experiment.
    Someone more knowledgeable in the dark arts can tell me if he’s any use in the scrum but with his throwing he couldn’t hit a coo on the proverbial with a banjo.
    He runs like someone tied his laces together and can’t steer a maul like Johnnie Mathews.

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  5. I’ve been beating the Bradbury drum for a couple of weeks (he’s in terrific form for Bristol) to no avail and today’sannouncement really closes that door.
    Given the crying need for some more bulk against the French I wonder if we’ll be considering either Skinner or Young at six? Both played there for Edinburgh-albeit not wholly convincingly.Certainly would give more lineout option.Young is more athletic so possibly him with Skinner on the bench?

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  6. Crosbie’s demeanour as he left the pitch suggested he knew he’d be out for a while. The back row needed to change anyway, but it’ll be interesting to see who Townsend picks at 6. It shouldn’t be Ritchie.

    Kick-off reception and line outs benefitted hugely from Richie Gray’s return and he’ll be a big loss in that regard alone. A long-term solution has to be found for that and it’s not his brother, as he was on the pitch when both were regular areas of weakness. Maybe Cummings can step up.

    Townsend has difficult decisions to make and I’m no more confident in his ability to make the right ones than ever. I’m hoping the French won’t travel well.

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  7. Skinner or Gilchrist if he’s ready will do a good job.
    Crosbie is a blow.
    I like both Ritchie and Darge as individual players, but as a 7, 6 combination I think they are too light. For me it’s one or the other, not both together.

    Skinner could drop back to 6. Fagerson can play there too. Andy Christie?

  8. Assume Gilchrist will return to the 2nd row but the back row will be interesting Assuming Darge is back and Ritchie out then its probably 2 out of Dempsey, Fagerson, Christie and Baylis. Will be interesting to see if GT is willing to go for one of the newer guys or stick with the old favourites. I would try Dempsey and Christie.

  9. Oh well, looks like we are losing a lot of heft(240kg) just when we need it most – against the French behemoths.
    Big Gray disrupted the Welsh lineout last week and Crosbie was excellent at securing the restarts , something Scotland have struggled with like forever. Both will be sorely missed.
    As for replacements Gilchrist will bring some of that ballast if not the lineout dominance.
    In the back row, Magnus Bradbury could be the man at 118 kg and he is on form but GT does not rate him.
    Given that Ritchie and Fagerson went awol last Saturday and Darge at 102kg will be in who slots in at 6 and 8?
    Christie is the form player but again is 102kg

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  10. As if it wasn’t going to be hard enough, France didn’t perform well against Ireland, but again neither did we recently. It will be a hard day at the office and a better performance than in the first half in Cardiff will be required, repeat better than the first half because better than the second, well you do the Math’s.

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  11. A lot of heft (240kg) going missing from the pack just when we will need it most. Not the greatest of news. We have plenty of depth in back row substitutes but none with the size of Crosbie. We haven’t got any depth in the locks and the 2 drafted in from Glasgow are for training purposes only.
    Bradbury has blown hot and cold in the past but is on a roll in the premiership. At 118kg he should have been in the camp anyway and if not should have been phoned on Saturday afternoon. Another howler from the coach ?
    Christie has to be given his chance on Saturday following the failure to show up from everyone except Crosbie last weekend but even he is light at 102kg. A back row of him, Darge and Fagerson looks very mobile but too lightweight against the Frog.
    Bayliss is another that’s mobile but light. Haven’t seen enough of Glen Young at lock to comment.

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    • I read that Kiran McDonald was being watched prior to the squad announcement and that he’s been playing pretty well for Newcastle. As he’s the closest in size we’ve got to Ritchie Gray it’s maybe surprising he hasn’t been called up. Marshall Sykes is another big lad who could be called up. I was surprised to read he got his one cap way back in 2021, he’ll be eligible for England in the autumn internationals.

  12. Oh for a Hines, Oh for a Hamilton as we look forward please can Santa make a late delivery of a big gnarly lock and an extra prop. Our strength in depth is starting to be exposed after just one game…and the French will be much much tougher than Wales. Grey isn’t gnarly but he is great in the lineout any news on his brother? France will be hard. But lets really get behind the boys on Saturday

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    • Honestly yeah…. Hamilton was always a bit of a disappointment….huge guy but went straight to ground rather than ever breaking a tackle and struggled to get off the ground in line outs…..Scott Murray would be where id direct the time machine….with maybe a detour for Josh Strauss.

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      • Reply to Ally. Tony “Crazy Eyes” Shaw messed with Bill Cuthbertson – 1981 at Murrayfield! Big Bill gave Shaw a bit of sledging and Shaw retaliated with a right hook. To be fair to Shaw, he publicly apologized on live TV for his actions when interviewed after the game. Big Bill was a great player.

  13. Shame Bradbury hasn’t been called up but given that, have to start with Dempsey and Christie and though I would be wary playing Darge before he’s match fit, I suspect he’ll come in at 7. Fagerson on the bench. However, GT takes too much convincing to make changes based on form, so could well be Ritchie and Fagerson starting, just not enough shown last weekend as far as I’m concerned to warrant starting places. 2nd row is an issue, just no-one there with fire inside them and we’ve lost our best line out weapon. Arrows will have to be spot on vs France to stand a chance, not something we’ve done well at recently. Matthews at least on the bench please.
    Really hope that last Saturday’s 2nd half disaster was a huge wake up call and inspires the whole team to never drop to that level of complacency and arrogance ever again. Need quick accurate ball from the breakdown and much improved discipline to have any kind of chance of a win this coming weekend.

  14. Real shame for Crosbie, I thought he showed up easily the best among our back row and looked like he was going to finally establish himself in the starting line up.

    I hope his absence opens the door for Christie to be involved. Feel we need some new energy in the team but perhaps a Darge/Dempsey/Christie/Fagerson (sub) isn’t the best balanced?

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