Townsend adds two after Maitland ruled out

Townsend adds two after Maitland ruled out

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has added two players to Scotland’s summer tour squad after Sean Maitland was ruled out through injury.

Maitland injured his ankle ligaments in Saracens’ English Premiership loss to Wasps on Saturday 6 May and will remain in the care of his club’s medical team.

Consequently, Glasgow Warriors wing Rory Hughes and London Irish full-back Greig Tonks have been named in the Scotland touring squad, which convened at Oriam yesterday (Wednesday 17 May).

Twice capped Rory Hughes (24) last featured for Scotland in the autumn as a replacement in the third test victory over Georgia at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.

Tonks (27) has been capped six times for his country and last featured for the national team in the 2015 summer test win against Italy in Turin.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “We’ve watched Greig [Tonks] closely this season. He’s done really well in a good London Irish side and played a lot of full-back but also covered at centre and stand-off.

“He’s a player that brings aggression and a really good kicking game but also has the ability to step up at first and second receiver. Primarily we’re looking at him as a 15 but it’s positive he can cover other positions as well.

“Rory [Hughes] has had a really good season. He was on excellent form before the injury he suffered just before Christmas and got back to that form towards the end of the season.

“This is an opportunity for him to continue the good work he put in this season, in particular leading up to the autumn tests, where he was capped against Georgia.”

The national team will face their opponents on consecutive Saturdays, starting with an historic test match against Italy in Singapore (10 June), followed by Australia in Sydney (17 June) and Fiji in Suva (24 June).

SCOTLAND SUMMER TOUR (broadcast details TBC)
Saturday 10 June: Scotland v Italy; Singapore National Stadium (kick-off 8pm, 1pm BST)
Saturday 17 June: Australia v Scotland; Allianz Stadium, Sydney (kick-off 3pm, 6am BST)
Saturday 24 June: Scotland v Fiji; ANZ Stadium, Suva, Fiji (kick-off 2.30pm, 3.30am BST)

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