Major blow as Scotland lose captain

Date published: October 25 2014

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter expressed his disappointment for Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist, who is out of the November Tests.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter expressed his disappointment for Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist, who is out of the November Tests.

The 24-year-old fractured his forearm in his club’s 25-17 win over Lyon in the European Challenge Cup at Murrayfield on Friday, four days after being named as national team captain.

“Clearly this is really disappointing news for Grant, who’s been a fine player and leader for his club this season; and was set to continue that role for Scotland this autumn,” said Cotter.

“Despite being unable to play, he will still join and be part of the squad in camp tomorrow, and feature heavily in our preparations for the November Tests.”

Saracens’ 56-times capped second-row, Jim Hamilton, will replace Gilchrist in the 33-man Scotland squad that will convene for a four-day training camp in Newcastle tomorrow (Sunday), with an announcement on the captaincy to be made in due course.

Uncapped Edinburgh back-row Hamish Watson, who was invited to train with the squad, sustained a cheek injury in the same game in an unrelated incident, and has also been ruled of the Tests.

No replacement has been named for Watson at this time.

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