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Scots Hit Hard In Lead Up To Irish Confrontation
Posted Feb 22, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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Rugby isn’t a subtle game, no no. Earning victories in this sport involve physical sacrifice, and playing through pain barriers that would make Chuck Norris go white and steady himself on the furniture. That’s why it’ll come as very unpleasant news for all Scottish fans that they have suffered a glut of injury concerns in advance of their next Six Nations fixture against Ireland.
Full-back Hugo Southwell has failed to recover from the facial injury obtained during the defeat against Wales, the Northampton centre Joe Ansbro has been unable to recover from the concussion he received during the defeat by Bath last weekend and Rory Lamont is also unavailable, having suffered an injury to his leg during his match for Toulon against Agen.
Undoubtedly very bad news for a side that will be desperate for a win having lost both of their previous matches in the Six Nations. Coach Andy Robinson indicated that whilst the injuries could certainly have been considered serious that there was initial uncertainty as to whether the players would be risked anyway.
‘We have made the decision now that all three of our injured backs will miss this weekend’s international so that brings clarity to our preparations.’ We wish all of them a speedy recovery. Our medical staff will continue to treat and monitor our injured forwards.’ The coach commented, further adding that ‘Everyone was hurting after the display against Wales.’
What is also a concern for the head honcho is that at least five of Scotland’s forwards could end up missing the fixture too, with Jon Welsh, Robert Harley, Ross Rennie and Nathan Hines all suffering knocks in their weekend fixtures. It is likely to add further fuel to the debate as to whether releasing players for domestic duty is really the sensible action in the middle of international competitions.
Whatever happens, all eyes will be on Murrayfield this weekend to see whether the Scots will be able to overcome the expected Irish assault and record their first victory in the tournament.