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Injury Update

This was supposed to go up yesterday but my internet crashed!

Twelve players have been added to the Scotland squad preparing for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Wales in Cardiff.

Supplementing the 22 who were on duty for yesterday’s 9-18 loss to France are Mike Blair, Ben Cairns, Nick De Luca and Jim Hamilton (all Edinburgh), Dougie Hall, Ruaridh Jackson and Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Gray and Euan Murray (Northampton Saints), Simon Danielli (Ulster), Rory Lamont (Toulon) and Nikki Walker (Ospreys).

Those who played in yesterday’s game were involved in recovery protocols today. Scotland team doctor James Robson said he would be monitoring the progress of the following players who sustained knocks in the French match: John Beattie (hip bruising), Kelly Brown (shoulder strain), Thom Evans (calf bruising), Nathan Hines (calf strain), Graeme Morrison (leg bruising) and Chris Paterson (calf bruising).

The Scotland team to play Wales is due to be announced at 11.30am tomorrow. If you were feeling really wacky why not try something like this:

Southwell, R Lamont, S Lamont, Grove, T Evans, Paterson, Cusiter, Chunk, Ford, Murray, Kellock, Gray, Brown, Barclay, Beattie

Bench: Low, Lawson, Hines, Macdonald, Lawson, Jackson/Godman/Parks, M Evans…

No, I probably wouldn’t do all of that either if it were my job on the line, but it might be interesting: move the battering ram in the centre to the outside slot and replace him with someone who actually broke the line (and who has played there regularly this season), move Mossy inwards then fill in the gaps with fullbacks playing in France. Simple! I imagine Godman will remain though and we are unlikely to see Parks, but I could be very wrong. I think that the Sean Lamont idea is a good one as long as a) Morrison doesn’t partner him at 12 and b) we find a place for at least one Evans somewhere… All will be revealed shortly.

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