Six Nations 2013: Hamstrung lock Richie Gray ruled out of Scotland's final game
Sunday 10 March 2013
Scotland's bleached blond bombshell, lock Richie Gray, will have a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the hamstring injury that caused him to depart on a medical cart 30 minutes into the 28-18 defeat against Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The team doctor, James Robson, confirmed that the 6ft 10in Sale Shark would miss his country's final Six Nations fixture against France in Paris this coming Saturday but it is unclear as yet whether he will be out of contention for selection for the British and Irish Lions' summer tour to Australia.
"Richie is due to be scanned at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital tomorrow with a view to a more accurate assessment of the injury he sustained on Saturday," Robson said. "We'll have a better understanding then of the degree of injury to the muscle. Richie is on crutches at present and is grateful for the good wishes from supporters. He will play no further part in this year's championship. It would be premature to speculate further at the moment."
The former Scotland captain Al Kellock replaced Gray against Wales and is likely to fill the vacant starting role alongside Jim Hamilton in the second row against France.
Hooker Ross Ford admitted Scotland had taken a backward step with Saturday's result, with the positive signs shown in earlier wins against Italy and Ireland completely missing against Wales.
"It's never good to lose, but we didn't give ourselves much of a chance. We allowed Wales to control the game quite well," Ford said. "Now we just need to look at the video and work out where we can improve. It's always the basics that are most important and against the Welsh it was a lot of basics that let us down. We need to keep working hard there and try and rectify that before France next week. But we are very frustrated. We didn't control the game well enough. We made it hard for ourselves to get control and momentum. It's a step back for the team, given how things have been going."
Ashley Cole and Luke Shaw rise to the bait to deny they are the rumoured 'gay England footballer'
Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0 match report: Samuel Eto’o stoops to conquer sorry Spurs
West Brom 0 Manchester United 3 match report: Manchester United stick to the script as Robin Van Persie loses the plot
Arsenal 4 Everton 1 match report: Revitalised Mesut Özil breathes life into Arsenal
Transfer news: Micah Richards could fill gap at Arsenal with Bacary Sagna's departure as Manchester City contract winds down
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 3 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 4 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
- 5 Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’