SCOTLAND have lost the experience and expertise of veteran tight-head prop WP Nel ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff, with the 37-year-old sidelined by a neck strain.
Nel’s Edinburgh team-mate, Javan Sebastian, has been called up to the national squad’s training camp in Spain to provide cover on the right-hand side of the front-row. He trained with the group last week but hasn’t played in a match since mid-December due to a knee injury.
As it stands, Zander Fagerson will wear the No 3 jersey against Wales on Saturday, while it is now toss-up between the undercooked Sebastian and the uncapped Elliot Millar-Mills – who was called into the squad last week in place of the injured Will Hurd – for the bench spot.
Meanwhile, stand-off Ross Thompson, who has struggled for game-time at Glasgow Warriors this season, has also been called into the squad following the loss of Adam Hastings to injury last week.
Glasgow back-rower Euan Ferrie and and Glasgow scrum-half Jamie Dobie are also training with the group.