Scotland call up cover for Dickinson, Reid

Date published: November 2 2016

Glasgow Warriors prop Alex Allan has joined the Scotland squad for this month’s Tests as precautionary injury cover.

The 24-year-old joined the squad at Oriam – Scotland’s sports performance centre – on Wednesday as cover for fellow looseheads Alasdair Dickinson and Gordon Reid, who continue their rehabilitation from their respective hamstring and back injuries.

The former Edinburgh Accies man and Macphail scholarship recipient was once on the books at Edinburgh as an elite development player.

He relocated to the Warriors in time for the 2014/15 season and made his Scotland debut as a second-half substitute for Reid in the opening 24-6 win against the USA on the 2014 tour.

He has since made 33 outings for the Scotstoun club, scoring two tries, the second of which was a memorable 22-metre step and sprint across the whitewash to help secure his club’s PRO12 away win over Dragons in September.

The Scots will face the Wallabies for the first time since the 35-34 Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat at Twickenham this time last year in the first of the traditional three-Test series, that begins on Saturday, November 12.

Next up will be World Cup semi-finalists Argentina on Saturday, November 19, before the Scots complete the sequence with an historic Test against Georgia on Saturday, November 26, at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, the first Test between the two nations on Scottish soil.