Southwell Misses Scotland Training But Hines Joins The Party

Full-back Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby) took no part in the Scotland training session at Murrayfield this afternoon as the squad prepare for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Wales at Murrayfield. Southwell suffered a knee ligament injury during the Calcutta Cup loss and travelled home yesterday in a supporting brace.

Full-back Hugo Southwell (Edinburgh Rugby) took no part in the Scotland training session at Murrayfield this afternoon as the squad prepare for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Wales at Murrayfield.

Southwell suffered a knee ligament injury during the Calcutta Cup loss and travelled home yesterday in a supporting brace.

Scotland head coach Frank Hadden said: “Hugo has a slight knee problem which is being monitored at the moment. The injury did not look too good on Sunday but it looks better today.”

Southwell is receiving extensive physiotherapy from Scotland medics Stuart Barton and Stephen Mutch and will be further assessed tomorrow. At this juncture he remains in contention for selection.

Four forwards who were treated by the medical team yesterday - prop Gavin Kerr and back-row forwards Simon Taylor and Dave Callam all had stiff necks and lock Alastair Kellock had ten stitches in two head wounds -all took a full part in today’s training, as did lock Nathan Hines who has recovered from a foot injury he sustained playing for his club Perpignan.

Hadden added: “There is a hunger to get better among all the players and that is so exciting and gives me a cause for optimism.”

The Scotland team will be named on Wednesday at 11am. In addition to the players who were on active duty at Twickenham, additional players who trained with the squad today were Nikki Walker (The Ospreys), Simon Webster, Phil Godman (both Edinburgh Rugby), Calum MacRae, Ben MacDougall (both Border Reivers), Moray Low, Donnie Macfadyen, John Beattie, John Barclay (all Glasgow Warriors), Nathan Hines (Perpignan) and Alasdair Strokosch (Edinburgh Rugby).