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Double blow for head coach

Townsend hit by injury withdrawals

Gregor Townsend
Gregor Townsend (Photo: SNS Group)

Head Coach Gregor Townsend’s plans for Scotland’s upcoming summer tour have been hit by the withdrawals through injury of lock Richie Gray and scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

Gray arrived in camp from Toulouse last week suffering from an ongoing back complaint and the after effects of a short illness. Following a review from the Scotland medical team it was deemed best for the player to return to his club for rest, recovery and rehabilitation over the summer period.

Hidalgo-Clyne – recently drafted in to replace captain Greig Laidlaw following his British & Irish Lions call-up – sustained a hamstring tear during national team training at Oriam on Friday, with hospital scans confirming the extent of the injury and, consequently, his absence from the tour.

Uncapped Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Sean Kennedy has been added to the national team squad as his replacement. No replacement will be made for Gray at this time.

Expressing his disappointment at losing the two players, Townsend said: “Richie has been unable to do much training since the RBS 6 Nations because of his back issues so it became quickly evident he wouldn’t be able to play test match rugby this summer.

“We’re all disappointed for Sam who came into camp full of enthusiasm and worked really hard in our first three days together. While it’s a blow for him to miss the tour, at least his injury isn’t too serious and he can get back into pre-season with Edinburgh at a later date.”

The three-match tour will see the Scots face Italy in Singapore (1pm BST), Australia in Sydney (6am BST) and Fiji in Suva (3.30am BST).

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