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Monday 11 December 2017

Scots delay selection to battle injury woes

Scotland are delaying naming their team for Saturday's final Six Nations game against Ireland amid injury concerns over several players.

Head coach Andy Robinson was due to select his 22-man squad today but this has been put back to tomorrow to give those recovering from knocks extra time to prove their fitness. Flanker Kelly Brown is expected to undergo cognitive tests after being forced from the field after a sickening clash of heads with England winger Ugo Monye in Saturday's 15-15 Calcutta Cup draw at Murrayfield.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Kelly is now subject to the usual return to play protocols that are in place following such an injury. He will be monitored on a daily basis."

Prop Euan Murray and centre Nick De Luca (both shoulder bruising), wing Max Evans (leg bruising), full-back Hugo Southwell (calf) and stand-off Phil Godman (shoulder joint/chest wall bruising) were also receiving treatment today from physiotherapists Dan Moore and Stephen Mutch.



Sale's Hodgson called in as back-up to Wilko

Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson has been drafted into the England squad ahead of the final Six Nations encounter away to France as precautionary injury cover for Jonny Wilkinson.

Wilkinson suffered a blow to the head during England's draw with Scotland last Saturday and had to be replaced early in the second half.

Hodgson, who last played for England on the ill-fated tour of New Zealand in 2008, was briefly drafted into the squad earlier in the tournament after Wilkinson complained of a thigh problem.

England's medics ran the rule over the squad on their return to their base and were happy to report that Harlequins and British and Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye is making "good progress" after suffering a neck injury at Murrayfield.

England have also confirmed that lock Simon Shaw, who missed the Scotland game with a shoulder injury, is expected to take part in full training this week ahead of the clash at the Stade de France.



Gatland to ring the changes

Angry Wales boss Warren Gatland has warned his players they will "go through some pain" this week after the debacle in Dublin last weekend.

Gatland looks set to recall a trio of fit-again British and Irish Lions -- skipper Ryan Jones, scrum-half Mike Phillips and prop Gethin Jenkins -- for next Saturday's Millennium Stadium clash with fellow Six Nations strugglers Italy.

Young prospects such as fly-half Dan Biggar and flanker Sam Warburton could also find themselves in the mix as Gatland targets a response after Wales' tame display against Triple Crown-chasing Ireland.

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