Cusiter Fitness Boost For Scots

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter is expected to be fit for the World Cup in spite of the ankle injury he suffered in yesterday's Murrayfield victory against Ireland. Cusiter had to be helped from the field during the closing stages of the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Test which Scotland won 31-21. Later he had an immobilising boot fitted to his left ankle.

Scrum-half Chris Cusiter is expected to be fit for the World Cup in spite of the ankle injury he suffered in yesterday's Murrayfield victory against Ireland.

Cusiter had to be helped from the field during the closing stages of the Bank of Scotland Corporate August Test which Scotland won 31-21. Later he had an immobilising boot fitted to his left ankle.

Today Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Cus is as good as we could have expected. On further inspection this morning it was, as expected, a small isolated injury to his ankle ligaments.

"He will be subject to daily treatment and ongoing monitoring. At the moment, we have no reason to believe that his inclusion in the World Cup squad, if selected, would be under threat."

Otherwise Robson reported that a number of players had bumps and bruises from a match of such intensity.

Back-row forward Simon Taylor and hooker Ross Ford, both required stitches in facial wounds and though contact will be limited for both of them, Robson expects they will be able to train this week.

Head coach Frank Hadden will announce Scotland's 30 man squad for Rugby World Cup at Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday morning.