Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend Without Trio for World Cup Warm-up Against Georgia


Head coach Gregor Townsend says injury is likely to rule Sam Skinner, Tommy Seymour and Blade Thomson out of Scotland's third World Cup warm-up match against Georgia.

The trio picked up injuries during this weekend's gritty 17-14 victory over France and are highly likely to be involved in Tbilisi next Saturday.

Seymour and Thomson look the more likely to recover in time to be named in the final 31-man squad for the World Cup on September 3, assuming there are no significant hold-ups as they progress through the head injury return to play protocol.

Skinner is the bigger concern. He was clearly in pain as he hobbled off the field in the 61st minute at Murrayfield with a hamstring injury.

Townsend said: "It is always disappointing when you see someone getting injured and it may mean that they miss the World Cup. Sam Skinner, out of the three, looks to be more of a serious injury.

"He'll get scanned tonight and we'll know more about him later tonight, so fingers crossed for all three players."

Townsend went on to praise Thomson's performance on his Scotland debut and acknowledged that the fact the New Zealand-born back-row missed most of last season with a head injury adds extra anxiety.

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