Two more casualties to return home

The physicality of Scotland’s effort against South Africa in yesterday’s Test in Nelspruit was underlined today when the Scotland medical team confirmed that two players will take no further part in the tour.

Matt Scott on the attack in yesterday's game

The Glasgow Warriors pair, back-row forward Ryan Wilson and centre/stand-off Peter Horne, sustained shoulder and knee injuries in the gutsy 17-30 loss and follow Pat MacArthur, Kelly Brown and Geoff Cross in returning home early.

Scottish Rugby’s lead physiotherapist, Paul McGinley, said: “The three most significant injuries from yesterday involved Peter Horne, Ryan Wilson and Ruaridh Jackson.

“Peter’s knee injury will rule him out for the rest of the tour and he will return home for further investigation and follow-up.  Likewise for Ryan with his shoulder injury.

“As far as Ruaridh is concerned, he suffered a blow to his shoulder and he will remain with us for on-going treatment this week.

“As ever, with an international match of this magnitude, a number of other players have reported to us with knocks and bumps .

“Steve Lawrie, who was unable to be involved yesterday, is improving following the back pain he experienced last week.”

No decision has yet been taken by the coaches with regards to any reinforcements for the squad.

Scotland will face Italy in the third place play-off at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday with a 2.15pm kick-off local time, the Italians having lost to Samoa, 10-39 yesterday.

The Scotland party travelled by coach from Nelspruit to their new base on the outskirts of Johannesburg this afternoon and will have a day of gentle recovery on arrival.