They don’t have much luck, do they Scotland?.
Having already lost one of our brightest recent talents to a serious neck injury that kept him out of the game, Scotland centre and utility back Joe Ansbro was injured at the weekend in another apparently innocuous collision. He is recovering in hospital after sustaining the neck injury – reportedly a triple fracture – in his club London Irish’s pre-season friendly against Munster at the weekend.
A London Irish statement read: “Joe broke a small bone at the top of his neck early in the game’s second half. After An MRI scan, it was confirmed that immediate surgery was not required, and the injury would be managed by external fixation.”
Joe, who scored a try in Scotland’s tour match against Samoa in Apia in June as well as coming off second best in a head-butting contest with Al Strokosch after the Australia win, is in the care of his club’s medical team and currently remains in hospital in Cork though he is expected to return to the UK later this week.
Scotland team doctor James Robson said: “The management of the injury Joe has sustained typically involves a period of between six-eight weeks immobilisation then a further four-six weeks of rehabilitation before he can look at a return to the game. We wish Joe well in his recovery.”
Thom Evans, who knows a thing or two about serious injury, tweeted words of support earlier as have many of Joe’s club and international colleagues.
“It’s a fantastic, rough game and these things, unfortunately, cannot be ruled out.” Joe’s father told the BBC earlier.
We wish Joe all the best for a speedy recovery and return to the game.