According to STV news Joe Ansbro, Hugo Southwell and Rory Lamont will all sit out this weekend’s game with Ireland due to injury. Unlike the England Internationals, our exiles were back in action this weekend and Joe picked up a head knock after a collision with Butch James, he has been rested from training as a routine precaution and is unlikely to feature.
This will probably force Andy Robinson’s hand selection-wise given the options available. Unless he goes with Jack Cuthbert, the most likely candidate for the 15 shirt is Chris Paterson. Due to a lack of alternatives, we will probably see Max Evans restored to outside centre alongside Nick De Luca who may just have been spared the axe that some are calling for unless he brings back Alex Grove. Evans’ move also makes Sean Lamont’s return on the wing more likely.
Quote from Press Release:
“Ansbro suffered concussion in his club’s loss to Bath at the weekend. Southwell has not recovered from the facial injury he suffered in the defeat to Wales and Lamont sustained a leg injury in his side’s loss against Agen at the weekend.
Scotland team doctor James Robson also reported that six forwards in the squad require further medical assessment and will not train today.
Glasgow Warriors duo Jon Welsh (ribs) and Robert Harley (hip) sustained knocks in their side’s Magners League loss to Connacht; as did Edinburgh flanker Ross Rennie (toe) and Leinster lock Nathan Hines (knee) in their respective games in Limerick and Cardiff in the same competition.
Completing the casualty list are Richie Vernon, the Glasgow Warriors No 8, who sustained a blow to his calf in the international against Wales; and his club-mate, hooker Dougie Hall, who missed the Welsh match on account of a shoulder problem.”