Cross out of Scotland tour

Scotland have been hit with a second front-row injury blow ahead of Saturday’s Test against South Africa in Nelspruit.

Yesterday, hooker Pat MacArthur was ruled out of the remainder of the tour due to the knee injury he sustained against Samoa in Durban.

Tonight, 30-year-old Edinburgh prop Geoff Cross, who won his 22nd cap on Saturday, suffered the same fate, the AC joint injury he suffered against the Pacific islanders meaning that his tour is also over.

Both MacArthur and Cross will fly home tomorrow (Tuesday). No decision has yet been taken on a replacement for either.

Captain Kelly Brown went for a scan in Nelspruit this afternoon on his ankle injury and further assessment will be required on the flanker.

Scotland’s medical team also continued to treat the three other frontline casualties from the Samoa match – No 8 Johnnie Beattie (shoulder), and stand-off Tom Heathcote and centre Alex Dunbar (concussion).

As a consequence of the injuries the Scotland team to face the Springboks – which was due to be announced tomorrow – will now be named on Thursday.