Dickinson Called Into World Cup Squad

Alasdair Dickinson, who celebrates his 24th birthday tomorrow, has been called into Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad. Uncapped prop Dickinson (Gloucester) replaces Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh), who was injured in yesterday's Pool C opener against Portugal in St Etienne which Scotland won 56-10.

Alasdair Dickinson, who celebrates his 24th birthday tomorrow, has been called into Scotland’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Uncapped prop Dickinson (Gloucester) replaces Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh) who was injured in yesterday’s Pool C opener against Portugal in St Etienne which Scotland won 56-10.

Scotland coach Frank Hadden said: “It’s clearly a disappointment to lose Chunk (the nickname by which Jacobsen is known). He worked incredibly hard over the summer and was in great shape.

“However Ally was also part of our preparation squad so is very much up to speed with what we do, and he has worked assiduously on his development as a player.”

Scotland team doctor James Robson explained Jacobsen had suffered a tear to his left calf muscle during the game’s first-half yesterday which will keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Dickinson, who has been involved in one of Gloucester’s warm-up games to date, said: “I’m delighted to be called up, but obviously I feel a bit for Chunk because he’s a good mate from my days with Edinburgh.”

Dr Robson also reported that a number of players would miss training for part of this week as a result of injuries sustained yesterday.

Lock Nathan Hines (ankle and knee bruising), wing Sean Lamont (ankle), flanker Allister Hogg (dead leg) and full-back Rory Lamont (shoulder bruising) will all receive treatment from the Scotland medical team.

Centre Andy Henderson, meanwhile, continues to make “slow progress” following the dead leg he suffered in last month’s match against South Africa.