Double blow for Scotland

Townsend hit by injuries to Russell and Hastings

Blow: Finn Russell (pic: SNS Group)

Gregor Townsend’s plans for the upcoming Autumn Nations Cup have been disrupted by injuries to stand-offs Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.

Russell limped out of the weekend win in Wales with a groin injury which will sideline him for the duration of the tournament, though he will back in time for the Guinness Six Nations.

Hastings replaced Russell in Llanelli, though he, too, had to go off injured after dislocating a shoulder in the 14-10 victory.

The Glasgow star’s worst fears were realised when it was confirmed he is likely to miss the Six Nations as well.

“Finn we hope will be back in time for the Six Nations, but it’s unlikely Adam will be back before the end of that tournament,” said head coach Gregor Townsend.

Worcester’s Duncan Weir last started a Scotland international in March 2016 when he lined up against Ireland but he is in line for a recall in the absence of both No. 10s.

The Scots’ Autumn Nations Cup campaign sees them kick-off against Italy this month before matches against France and Fiji.

Scotland are set to open their Six Nations Championship with a trip to Twickenham to take on England on Saturday, 6 February.

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