Ali Price and Lee Jones have both left America this week to return to Glasgow.
Winger Jones picked up a knee injury in the 10-48 win over Canada in Edmonton while Ali Price suffered a groin strain that medical staff anticipate he won’t recover from in time to take part in the further tests against the USA and Argentina.
Edinburgh’s Dougie Fife was called up to replace Jones and could add to his 6 caps. Fife hasn’t featured for the senior side since 2015 but managed to resurrect his career via the Sevens squad before Richard Cockerill brought him back into the fold.
The uncapped Charlie Shiel (20) has been called up as cover at scrum-half. Shiel has signed his first pro-contract for next season with Edinburgh however having spent time with the 7s squad was probably held to be sharper in terms of match fitness than a less risky replacement such as Henry Pyrgos. As such it could well be as straight choice between Horne and Hidalgo-Clyne for the next two games – a pretty tasty prospect given both are in good form – with Horne now likely to start via the USA, but if Shiel trains well then you never know…