Horne and Hidalgo-Clyne called up to Scotland squad

Vern Cotter adds cover as injuries take their toll on Scotland squad ahead of next month's internationals

Vern Cotter has called up Glasgow Warriors centre Peter Horne and Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half to his Scotland squad after a series of injuries to players over the weekend.

The Scotland head coach had already lost captain Grant Gilchrist, who broke his arm in European action for Edinburgh Rugby against Lyon in the European Challenge Cup on Friday night, before seeing Sale Sharks scrum-half Chris Cusiter pick up a calf strain and Glasgow Warriors centre Alex Dunbar report ankle discomfort after their respective European Champions Cup matches.

Despite the injuries, neither Cusiter nor Dunbar have been ruled out of Scotland’s opening Test with Argentina at BT Murrayfield Stadium on 8 November as Cotter’s squad embark on a training camp this week at Royal Grammar School in Newcastle’s affluent Jesmond suburb, a training venue for two of their 2015 Rugby World Cup matches against South Africa and Samoa.

Warriors wing duo Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland are also being monitored after suffering “concussive episodes” in their 15-13 win in Montpellier and will undergo return to play protocols after joining up with the rest of the squad in Jesmond today.

Experienced Saracens lock Jim Hamilton had already been confirmed as Gilchrist’s replacement in the squad, with a further announcement expected on who will take over the captaincy.

Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson, who had been invited to train with the Scotland squad, underwent surgery on a fractured jaw on Sunday and his return date has not yet been assessed.

Edinburgh winger Dougie Fife and prop Alasdair Dickinson, who withdrew from the starting XV to face Lyon on Friday, both linked up with the Scotland squad and will be looked after by the national team’s medical team.

Scotland face the Pumas in their first viagogo Autumn Test, before an even tougher Test against Cotter’s compatriots as the All Blacks visit Murrayfield on 15 November, ending with a clash against Tonga on the artificial pitch at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park a week later.

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