Denton blow for depleted Scots
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:41
The already depleted Scotland team suffered another big blow, with back row forward David Denton out of their mid-year tour.
The 24-year-old Edinburgh player, Denton, will play no part in the tour matches against Argentina in Cordoba on Friday and for the closing match against South Africa in Port Elizabeth a week on Saturday.
Scotland team doctor James Robson explained that Denton suffered a concussion in his last game of the season for Edinburgh against Leinster in the Pro12 last month.
"As we've always said we regard the welfare of our players as our principal priority and David has not recovered sufficiently to be considered for the intensity of Test match rugby against Argentina and South Africa," Robson said.
Already players such as Chris Cusiter, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Lamont, Tim Visser, Kelly Brown, Richie Gray, Jim Hamilton and Alasdair Strokosch will not be involved against the Pumas and Boks.
The reason for this is that some of the players will be duty bound to French and English clubs, with the Springbok match falling outside the Test window.
The Scotland management will now consider additional options for the South African leg of the tour, while remaining mindful of the preparations that are already underway for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Sevens in Glasgow next month.
Backs: Stuart Hogg, Peter Murchie, Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Dougie Fife, Nick De Luca, Peter Horne, Tom Heathcote, Duncan Weir, Henry Pyrgos and Grayson Hart.
Forwards: Gordon Reid, Alasdair Dickinson, Kevin Bryce, Pat MacArthur, Ross Ford, Jon Welsh, Geoff Cross, Moray Low, Tim Swinson, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Kieran Low, Robert Harley, Blair Cowan and Chris Fusaro.
|South African news|
|» Ludeke's big Bok poser|
|» Stormers to play at CT Stadium|
|» Willie: Boks yet to reach full potential|
|» Poachers target young SA talent|
|» Scrumhalf innovation to rock VC|