SCOTLAND’S courageous effort in defeat against South Africa on Saturday cost them another two players – utility back Peter Horne and flanker Ryan Wilson.
It was confirmed yesterday that the Glasgow duo will leave Johannesburg before the final tour match against Italy in Pretoria on Saturday.
Already missing more than 20 capped players, Scotland lost three more in the opening defeat to Samoa – flanker and captain Kelly Brown, prop Geoff Cross and the new cap at hooker Pat MacArthur – which meant another three debutants faced the Springboks in Nelspruit on Saturday. Tim Swinson, Peter Murchie and Tommy Seymour came through the game well and played their part in a surprising performance from the beleaguered Scotland squad, despite the eventual 30-17 defeat.
But another three players were injured and, reporting the latest collateral damage, SRU physiotherapist Paul McGinley said: “The three most significant injuries involved Peter Horne, Ryan Wilson and Ruaridh Jackson. Peter’s knee injury will rule him out for the rest of the tour and he will return home for further investigation and follow-up. Likewise for Ryan with his shoulder injury. As far as Ruaridh is concerned, he suffered a blow to his shoulder and he will remain with us for ongoing treatment this week.
“As ever, with an international match of this magnitude, a number of other players have reported to us with knocks and bumps. Steve Lawrie, who was unable to be involved yesterday, is improving following the back pain he experienced last week.”
The Scotland coaches had still to decide last night on possible replacements. They have cover for Jackson at stand-off in Greig Laidlaw and fit-again Tom Heathcote for the final match of the Castle Lager Test Series, but David Denton, Johnnie Beattie and Alasdair Strokosch are the only fit back rows, although hooker Fraser Brown did play there for Heriot’s this season.