Edinburgh star's bad break
Watson hands Six Nations injury blow to Scots
Hamish Watson is out of Scotland’s Six Nations squad with a suspected broken hand (pic: SNS Group)
Scotland’s Six Nations hopes have suffered a significant blow with the news that Hamish Watson has dropped out of the squad with a suspected broken hand.
The flanker was injured in Edinburgh’s Champions Cup victory over Montpellier at Murrayfield and now faces the prospect of a prolonged period on the sidelines.
Watson would have been one of the first names down on Gregor Townsend’s starting XV for the Guinness Six Nations opener against Italy on 2 February and the 27-year-old’s injury is a real setback for the head coach, who has a number of other problems to contend with ahead of the next month’s curtain-raiser after the weekend’s action.
Glasgow Warriors’ Sam Johnson (concussion), Jonny Gray (shoulder) and Ryan Wilson (shoulder) were all hurt in their side’s loss to Saracens.
Townsend has called up uncapped back-row pair Luke Crosbie and Matt Smith, with centre Alex Dunbar and lock Rob Harley also being added to the squad as cover.
Scotland kick-off their Six Nations championship against the Italians in Edinburgh before welcoming Ireland to the capital seven days later. A trip to Paris to take on France on 23 February is followed by Wales at Murrayfield on 9 March before their final match against England at Twickenham on 16 March.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh will face a home tie against Munster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup, while Glasgow will again travel to Allianz Park to tackle Saracens in their last-eight showdown.
The matches will be played over the weekend of 29/30/31 March.
It’s the first time both clubs have reached this stage of Europe’s elite championship in the same season.