Head Coach Vern Cotter today added two players to the Scotland squad ahead of this Saturday’s Calcutta Cup match against England at Twickenham in the RBS 6 Nations (14 March, kick-off 5pm).
British & Irish Lions full-back / wing Sean Maitland, still recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in January, has taken the place of Glasgow Warriors club mate, Sean Lamont, who has been ruled out of the rest of the Championship with a knee injury suffered in the Warriors’ 26-5 win over Zebre.
Lamont has returned to the care of his club’s medical team for further assessment and treatment.
Edinburgh Rugby hooker, Stuart McInally, has also been drafted into the squad as precautionary cover for Ross Ford, who continues his recuperation from the back spasm suffered against Italy in the RBS 6 Nations.
McInally, 24, a Scotland captain at every age-grade, was an unused back-row replacement against South Africa in the autumn of 2012, but began a switch from number 8 to the front-row in August 2013 after 58 appearances for his club.
He went on to ply his new trade in the BT Premiership and English Championship as part of a season-long positional apprenticeship, before returning to the capital.
This season he has scored three tries in his seven appearances for his Guinness PRO12 side – once covering back-row out of necessity – and started his first game for the club at hooker on Saturday, as they recorded a four-try win over Treviso in Italy (29-8).
The Scotland medical team also confirmed that Glasgow Warriors centre / stand-off Peter Horne suffered a concussion in his club’s match against Zebre and is expected to begin his graduated return to play protocol this morning.