Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been ruled out Using Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury called up as a replacement, for the rest of the World Cup.
The Edinburgh will play no part and forward suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s 27-3 defeat.
Gregor Townsend has turned to Watson’s club team-mate Magnus Bradbury for cover following a scan confirmed the news that the 27-year-old had been fearing.
Watson was discovered letting out a huge scream as he had been caught with Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy.
He was spotted appearing disconsolate about the bench with his brace round and had been shot in the area on a stretcher his leg.
No timescale has yet been placed on his recovery interval however his World Cup is over.
Bradbury, who’d travelled to Japan on stand-by as a preventative measure after fellow Edinburgh back-rower Jamie Ritchie suffered a facial injury from the Dark Blues’ final warm-up evaluation, will now combine Townsend’s team officially as they gear up to their do-or-die clash with Samoa following Monday.
The reduction to Ireland has been a bitter blow to Townsend’s strategies and he acknowledges losing Watson is another debilitating set-back.
The head coach said:»Even though there is a high probability of picking up injuries during a World Cup, it is almost disappointing to see somebody needing to head home.
«We believe for Hamish who’d worked so hard for this opportunity and wish him well in his recovery»
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