Scott Lawson, the 36-times-capped hooker, has been called-up to the Scotland tour party who leave today for their international tournament in South Africa next month.
The experienced Lawson, 31, whose most recent appearance was against Tonga in Aberdeen last November and who played in both Tests on Scotland’s last visit to South Africa in 2006, replaces former Scotland captain Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), who has been ruled out of the trip through injury.
Lawson, who is joining Newcastle Falcons from London Irish for the start of the new season, met up with the Scotland tour party at Murrayfield this morning.
Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: “Ross Ford pulled up in training in Aviemore on Wednesday.
“He was scanned at Spire Murrayfield Hospital and a calf tear was diagnosed, recovery from which takes, on average, more than six weeks.
“It’s unfortunate for Ross but, looking on the bright side, it will give him the chance to have an off-season, which can do him good.
“It also gives an opportunity to assess other players, which is one of the key things this tour is about.
“It’s a time then for Scott and the two hookers already named in the tour party, Pat (MacArthur) and Stevie (Lawrie), to compete for places.”