Scotland have called up Edinburgh back-row Cornell du Preez as injury cover ahead of Saturday’s clash with Argentina at Murrayfield.
The South African-born number eight completed his three-year residency qualification last month but was not included in Scotland’s squad for their end-of-year Tests as he had not yet fully recovered from ankle surgery he underwent during the off-season.
The 25-year-old earns his call-up as a consequence of the injuries to Ryan Wilson, John Hardie and Richie Gray sustained in Scotland’s 23-22 loss to Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday and the ongoing rehabilitation of back-row Josh Strauss.
Wilson suffered a laceration to his ankle in the fifth minute of the match which required medical attention at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He re-joined the team after the match.
Hardie suffered a concussion, as well as a knee and ankle sprain, in the 61st minute and Gray underwent a head injury assessment (HIA) in the 12th minute and returned to the field.
He must now complete the third part of the HIA process on Monday (48-hours post-match) to be considered available for this Saturday’s clash with Argentina.