Glasgow Warriors duo Peter Horne and Tim Swinson called up for Scotland
Scotland call up Glasgow Warriors duo Peter Horne and Tim Swinson to the squad to face Canada this weekend
Glasgow Warriors duo Peter Horne and Tim Swinson have been called up to Scotland’s North American tour squad after their injury-hit win over the USA on Sunday morning.
The pair, who had originally been selected in the second squad to tour Argentina and South Africa, joined up with their team-mates in Toronto today ahead of Scotland’s match against Canada on Saturday evening.
Saracens centre Duncan Taylor (calf) and Saracens-bound lock Jim Hamilton (ankle) both left the field early as Vern Cotter’s reign as Scotland head coach brought a 24-6 win over USA in hot and humid conditions in Houston.
“This is obviously disappointing news for both these players who were keen to impress in the short time they had on this tour,” said Cotter.
“Everyone in the squad wishes them well and a quick recovery.”
Taylor and Hamilton will both return to Aviva Premiership runners-up Saracens to begin their rehabilitation.
Horne, who made his Scotland debut last summer in South Africa, spent almost 10 months on the sidelines after rupturing his ACL in his second Test appearance.
But the 24-year-old inside centre, who can also play outside-half, returned in April to help the Warriors achieve a club record nine-match winning streak to reach the RaboDirect Pro12 final.
Swinson, one of a number of Warriors players to impress this season, became a regular part of the Scotland squad during Scott Johnson’s tenure as interim head coach in the last year, making his debut in the quadrangular tournament in South Africa, before featuring in four of this year’s Six Nations matches to notch up seven caps.
After playing a part in the Warriors 34-12 Pro12 final defeat to Leinster, Horne and Swinson have little time to get used to life under Cotter and push for the chance to take on Canada and the no-nonsense Kiwi hopes they’ll slot straight in and show what they can do.
”It’s now up to Peter and Tim to continue the hard work put in by Duncan and Jim and take advantage of this opportunity, as we prepare for another Test match,” said Cotter.