14 Sep Bryce in for injured McInally
Hooker Kevin Bryce has been drafted into the Scotland squad for the Rugby World Cup as a replacement for Stuart McInally, who has been ruled out through injury, it was confirmed today.
McInally marked his first and second international appearances in Scotland’s back-to-back wins over Italy last month before being named in the 31-man squad.
However a MRI scan at Spire Murrayfield Hospital revealed the extent of a subsequent, ongoing neck complaint that necessitates a prolonged period of recovery beyond the competition.
As a result Glasgow Warriors hooker Kevin Bryce – another back-row convert who made his Scotland debut as a loose forward on last year’s summer tour – has been brought into the squad as his direct replacement.
Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter, said: “We’re really disappointed for Stuart who worked exceptionally hard to earn selection so to not be able to take part in this year’s Rugby World Cup is tough on him.
“He [Stuart] is a great rugby player with good character, and is also a good leader, so we wish him well with his recovery and hope he gets back on the paddock as soon as possible.
Our hookers can cover loose forward and Kevin [Bryce] come in with that ability, which gives us some continuity in squad selection.
– Scotland Head Coach Vern Cotter
“Kevin knows the squad, he’s a very good ball carrier and is an aggressive player who works hard. He’s been welcomed into the squad an I know he’ll give us everything he’s got. He’s raring to go”