Six Nations 2015: Scotland’s Richie Gray ruled out of tournament
Castres lock replaced in Vern Cotter's squad by Tim Swinson after suffering a damaged tendon in Sunday's defeat to Wales
Richie Gray is the latest Scotland player to be ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations after injuring his arm in the defeat to Wales on Sunday.
The Castres lock went off in the second half of the contest at BT Murrayfield with a scan on Monday revealing the 45-times capped international had damaged a tendon and could be out for three to four months.
Gray’s injury means an unfortunate birthday present for Tim Swinson, who turns 28 today.
The second row forward is recalled to the international squad after recovering from a calf strain, which had ruled him out of Scotland contention, to make a try-scoring return in Glasgow Warriors’ 54-10 win over Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 on Sunday.
A statement from the Scottish Rugby Union confirmed the extent of Gray’s injury.
“He will require further surgical consultation on his return to his club, Castres, in France, however he is expected to be unavailable for selection for the next three to four months,” said the SRU statement.
The latest medical bulletin is a further blow to Scotland head coach Vern Cotter, who also lost Glasgow Warriors versatile prop Jon Welsh, who scored a last-minute try on Sunday, for the rest of the tournament with a fractured hand.
Welsh’s loss will be mitigated by the return of Euan Murray, who missed the Wales match because of his religious beliefs, but Scotland’s remaining three games all take place on Saturday.
Welsh’s front-row colleague Gordon Reid is also facing a spell on the sidelines after tearing his medial collateral ligament in the 26-23 defeat, with no clear return-to-play date.
The Warriors prop suffered a double agony of suffering a head-on-head collision as well as straining his knee in the same incident and had to be carted from the field for his troubles just three minutes after replacing Alasdair Dickinson.
Scottish Rugby also revealed on Monday that Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne finished the game, but “developed mild symptoms of a possible delayed concussion” and is being treated as concussed.
With the Six Nations taking a week off and a number of players expected to return to their clubs for the Aviva Premiership and Guinness PRO12 action, the Scotland medics have more time to patch up a number of walking wounded ahead of their crucial home match against Italy while Cotter keeps his fingers crossed for his England-based players to come through unscathed.
Scotland injury list:
Adam Ashe (face), Chris Cusiter (returning from knee), Chris Fusaro (ankle), Grant Gilchrist (arm), Richie Gray (arm), Ruaridh Jackson (knee), Sean Maitland (shoulder), Henry Pyrgos (knee), Gordon Reid (knee), Tommy Seymour (hip), Duncan Taylor (returning from hamstring), Duncan Weir (arm), Jon Welsh (hand).