Autumn Test fitness race for Scotland back Peter Horne

Peter Horne: 'Toughness'. Picture: SNS
Peter Horne: 'Toughness'. Picture: SNS
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Scotland back Peter Horne faces a race to be fit for the start of the autumn Test series after it emerged he had fractured his hand.

Horne is likely to be out for six weeks because of the injury, sustained while playing for Glasgow Warriors in last week’s defeat by Cardiff Blues.

Scotland kick off their autumn internationals against Australia at BT Murrayfield on 12 November. They then play Argentina at Murrayfield a week later and Georgia at Rugby Park on 26 November.

The fracture was only picked up following an X-ray.

Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend said: “Peter again showed his toughness and bravery last week. I think he thought he’d just dislocated his finger and carried on.

“He has played the last four games and was due a rest but it’s just disappointing the rest is going to take a number of weeks.”

A statement issued by Glasgow said: “Glasgow Warriors back Peter Horne sustained a hand injury during last week’s Guinness Pro12 match against Cardiff Blues.

“Following an X-ray and a subsequent consultation with Mark Broadbent at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, it was revealed that Peter had fractured his hand during the game and is likely to be unavailable for up to six weeks.”

l Exeter boss Rob Baxter has played down any historical significance as the Chiefs prepare for a west country reunion with Bristol this evening at Ashton Gate.

It will be the clubs’ first meeting since 2010, when Exeter secured promotion to English rugby’s top flight by beating Bristol across two legs of the Championship final. While Exeter subsequently established themselves as a major Aviva Premiership force, reaching last season’s Twickenham final, Bristol only rejoined the elite earlier this year.

“Obviously, it was a fantastic couple of games against Bristol, but the truth is it wasn’t just that one-off occasion that got us into the Premiership,” Baxter said.