RICHE GRAY and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne have been ruled out of Scotland’s summer tour after sustaining injuries.

Toulouse lock Gray was sent back to his club after the Scots medical team found he was suffering from a back problem and the after effects of an illness.

Scrum-half Hidalgo-Clyne was called up to replace captain Greig Laidlaw following his call-up to the British and Irish Lions, but the Edinburgh man has now pulled out of the touring party after tearing his hamstring during training on Friday.

His club teammate Sean Kennedy has been drafted in as a replacement and will be looking to get his first cap for the national team.

“Richie has been unable to do much training since the RBS 6 Nations because of his back issues so it became quickly evident he wouldn’t be able to play test match rugby this summer,” said head coach Gregor Townsend.

“It was valuable having him in camp last week, spending time with the new coaching group, and we wish him well with his recovery and getting back to full fitness for next season.

“We’re all disappointed for Sam who came into camp full of enthusiasm and worked really hard in our first three days together.

“While it’s a blow for him to miss the tour, at least his injury isn’t too serious and he can get back into pre-season with Edinburgh at a later date.

“It’s great that we have been able to call up a quality replacement in Sean Kennedy and we look forward to working with him over the next couple of weeks.

“His passing ability and conditioning level will fit in very well with the rugby we aspire to play.”


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)