Lawrie Called Up To 6 Nations Squad

Steven Lawrie has been called up to the Scotland squadEdinburgh Rugby hooker Steven Lawrie is one of eight Scotland A players called up to the Scotland squad as they prepare for this Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy at Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm).

The hooker was one of the many standout performers from the 13-9 win over England Saxons in Newcastle and is joined by props Jon Welsh (Glasgow Warriors) and Alasdair Dickinson (Sale Sharks), hooker Steve Lawrie (Edinburgh Rugby), back-rower Richie Vernon (Sale Sharks), scrum-half Sean Kennedy (Glasgow Warriors), stand-off Tom Heathcote (Bath Rugby) and wings Nikki Walker (Worcester Warriors) and Duncan Taylor (Saracens).

Number 8 Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors) and full-back Greig Tonks (Edinburgh Rugby) also excelled in the win but sustained shoulder and ankle injuries respectively, with their recovery monitored by the national management team ongoing.

Meanwhile the national team have issued an update on the players that featured in Saturday's loss to England:

Scotland blindside flanker Alasdair Strokosch will see a specialist surgeon on Tuesday to decide if he can play any further part in this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Strokosch (Perpignan) had to retire injured early in yesterday's Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham.

Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "It would seem he has a fractured orbit (area around the eye) but, as ever with such collision-type injuries, they can take time to settle.

He will be examined by Mr Martin Paley, a maxillary facial specialist at Spire Murrayfield Hospital on Tuesday, to determine the extent of the injury and any recovery schedule."

In addition to Strokosch, a number of other Scotland forwards will require medical assessment over the next few days. Hooker Dougie Hall (knee), back-row forwards David Denton (knee) and Johnnie Beattie (ankle) will be under the care of physiotherapists Paul McGinley and Stephen Mutch.

The Scotland squad reassemble in Edinburgh tonight. At this stage, with medical evaluation still ongoing with the Scotland A squad, 13 players will be added to the 23 who were on match-day duty yesterday.

Hooker Pat MacArthur, back-rower Robert Harley and full-back Peter Murchie (all Glasgow Warriors) together with Edinburgh Rugby lock Grant Gilchrist had all travelled with the main party to Twickenham.

Peter Horne, the Glasgow Warriors centre, will return to camp having been ruled out of the England game due to a thumb injury.

Tickets are available for Scotland's three Murrayfield matches in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship:

You can buy tickets on the website; via the 24-hour credit card hotline on 0844 335 3933 or in person, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday from the Scottish Rugby Ticket Centre at Murrayfield
Scotland v Italy, Saturday 9 February: adult tickets at _30, _40 and _70. Students and under-18s at _15, _20 and _35
Scotland v Ireland, Sunday 24 February: adult tickets at _50 and _75. Under-18s at _25 and _37.50"
Scotland v Wales, Saturday 9 March: adult tickets at _50 and _75. Under-18s at _25 and _37.50