Ross Out Of Churchill Cup

Scotland A stand-off Gordon Ross will play no further part in the Barclays Churchill Cup. He injured his left hand above the wrist near the end of last night's 13-9 success over the USA in Henley. Ross was treated by the Scotland A medical team, doctor Ally Nicol and physiotherapist Matt Merrick, before being taken for an X-ray at a hospital in High Wycombe today.

Scotland A stand-off Gordon Ross will play no further part in the Barclays Churchill Cup. He injured his left hand above the wrist near the end of last night's 13-9 success over the USA in Henley.

Ross was treated by the Scotland A medical team, doctor Ally Nicol and physiotherapist Matt Merrick, before being taken for an X-ray at a hospital in High Wycombe today.

Dr Nicol said: "The X-ray showed that Gordon has a broken bone in his left hand. He will be seeing a hand specialist next week and at this stage it's estimated he will be out for at least four weeks."

Head coach Frank Hadden said: "It was a real pity for Gordon. He was kicked just above the wrist as he went down to pick up a ball late in a game in which he'd worked very hard, making 14 tackles."

Team management have placed Border Reivers' stand-off Steve Jones on standby but, at this juncture, are not calling him up to the squad. Hadden believes he has cover within the current squad to best prepare for Monday's match against England Saxons at Twickenham. Thereafter the position will be reviewed.

Hadden and forwards coach George Graham along with forwards Ed Kalman, Moray Low, Craig Hamilton, Donnie Macfadyen and backs Rob Chrystie, Mark McMillan and Nick De Luca took part in a coaching clinic for around 50 youngsters at London Scottish this afternoon.