Gray and Maitland to miss Scotland trip to France for Six Nations final

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Gray and Maitland to miss Scotland trip to France for Six Nations final


EDINBURGH: Jonny Gray did not recover from a shoulder injury in time for Scotland’s final Six Nations game in Paris on Friday, while Sean Maitland is also out, Scottish Rugby has said.

Gray was excluded from the 29-man squad nominated by coach Gregor Townsend for the trip to Stade de France. The influential second rower was injured against Ireland and missed Saturday’s victory against Italy.

Maitland, who started at the back in the 52-10 win over Italy, was also left out for the revamped game, which had been postponed after a COVID-19 outbreak in the French camp.

Scottish media have said that the absence of Saracens winger Maitland was due to a limited number of England-based players made available to the Scots as the game was played outside the international window.

Captain Stuart Hogg, center Chris Harris, scrum half Scott Steele and locks Sam Skinner and Alex Craig are the five England players retained in the Scottish squad.

(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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