Following the physical encounter with the USA at the weekend, Grant Gilchrist has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup with a groin injury.
Tim Swinson is most likely to fill the bench spot behind the Gray boys, but who will be called up to fill out the squad remains to be seen, with Ben Toolis undergoing elbow surgery and Jim Hamilton recently retiring. The solution could be either a Lazarus-like resurrection for big Jim, or more likely calling up Rob Harley who was training mostly in the second row during the summer and who can also provide back row cover.
Finn Russell has sustained an “inversion injury” to his ankle (sounds like he “went over it” to use a less technical expression) which will require care and assessment but they aren’t ruling him out yet, which is good news.
UPDATE: Blair Cowan has been called up to the squad as a replacement.