Scotland forced to change team late for France match

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Scotland forced to change team late for France match


Scotland were forced to change late ahead of Friday night’s Guinness Six Nations game against France in Paris.

Matt Fagerson will miss Scotland’s game against France with an ankle injury. Image: Jane Barlow / PA

No.8 Matt Fagerson was ruled out with an ankle injury and was replaced by Edinburgh’s Nick Haining.

Glasgow Warriors forward Ryan Wilson was called up to the squad and included as a substitute to provide back row coverage.

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Fagerson has always been present on the Scottish side in this season’s Six Nations, playing in wins against England and Italy and losses against Wales and Ireland. He has not traveled to France and will return to Glasgow to begin his recovery.
Wilson will win his 50th Scottish cap if he comes off the bench at the Stade de France. He hasn’t played for Scotland since the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.
Coach Gregor Townsend said: “Matt injured his ankle in our last training session this week before heading to Paris. It’s disappointing for Matt, who has always played well throughout the championship. Nick now has the opportunity from the start to show his abilities in what will be a big challenge for our attacker pack.
“We were able to bring Ryan on at short notice given that Glasgow Warriors had already completed two Covid tests this week, which meant he could travel safely and join the team yesterday afternoon. Given Ryan’s Test Match experience and his form this season, we believe he will seize this opportunity when he returns to the squad. And if he leaves the bench tomorrow night, he will reach his 50th selection, which is an important step.

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