Six Nations 2015: Scotland’s Duncan Weir ruled out of tournament
Glasgow Warriors confirm their outside-half will miss the tournament after surgery on an arm injury
Duncan Weir will miss Scotland’s 2015 Six Nations campaign after undergoing surgery on an injured biceps.
The 23-year-old outside-half picked up the arm injury in their 16-6 win over rivals Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium last month.
Duncan has successfully undergone surgery and will be out of action for up to four months.
Glasgow Warriors Medical Bulletin
After Sunday’s 21-10 win over Montpellier in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup, Glasgow Warriors issued a medical bulletin this afternoon confirming the status of a number of injured players.
Weir, who started last year’s tournament as first-choice outside-half and kicked a late drop-goal to secure a 21-20 win over Italy in Rome last year, had been expected to vie with club team-mate for the Scotland 10 jersey.
But his injury, coupled with Wasps stand-off Ruaridh Jackson already out with a broken leg, will see Russell, who was largely an unknown figure 12 months ago, start Scotland’s opening game against France in Paris on Saturday 7 February, with Edinburgh’s Tom Heathcote as his deputy.
“It was advised that Duncan Weir required surgery to repair his right biceps,” the statement said.
“Duncan has successfully undergone surgery and will be out of action for up to four months.”
Russell’s rapid rise came after he spent 15 weeks in Christchurch on the John Macphail Scholarship programme in 2013, before establishing himself in the Warriors squad in the second half of the PRO12 last season after his first start for the club at inside-centre against Newport Gwent Dragons in February 2014.
The 22-year-old won his maiden senior Scotland cap last summer in a win over the USA on their tour of North America, retaining his place for the Canada win a week later.
An impressive start to the season saw him oust Weir to become Cotter’s first-choice 10 in last November’s viagogo Autumn Tests, in which he made his home debut in the 41-31 win over Argentina at BT Murrayfield and was kept for the clash with New Zealand a week later, and Scotland’s win over Tonga at Kilmarnock.
Also out of Scotland’s campaign is Warriors openside flanker Tyrone Holmes, who is set to be sidelined for a further six weeks after surgery to repair a fractured eye socket.
“Tyrone Holmes has had surgery at BMI Ross Hall Hospital to repair an eye socket fracture sustained in the game against Edinburgh Rugby at BT Murrayfield on Friday 2 January,” the statement added.
“It is anticipated that he could be unavailable for selection for up to six weeks.”
His absence, as well as injury to team-mate Chris Fusaro could finally prompt Scotland to recall Scarlets flanker John Barclay from the international wilderness with Scotland head coach Vern Cotter short on experienced specialist opensides.
Cotter will announce his Six Nations squad on Tuesday afternoon.