Rugby World Cup 2019: Magnus Bradbury replaces injured Hamish Watson for Scotlandadmin
Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been ruled out for the rest of the World Cup, Together with Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury called up as a replacement.
The Edinburgh forward suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s 27-3 conquer to Ireland in their Pool A opener at Yokohama and will play no part.
Gregor Townsend has now turned to Watson’s club team-mate Magnus Bradbury for cover after a scan confirmed the news that the 27-year-old had been fearing.
Because he was caught with Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy watson was heard letting out a huge scream just before half-time.
He was seen appearing disconsolate about the seat with his brace round and was taken from the area on a stretcher his left leg.
His World Cup is over although no timescale has been put on his recovery interval.
Bradbury, who had already travelled to Japan on stand-by as a precautionary measure after fellow Edinburgh back-rower Jamie Ritchie suffered a facial injury in the Dark Blues’ closing warm-up test, will now join Townsend’s team officially as they gear up to their do-or-die clash with Samoa next Monday.
The reduction to Ireland has been a blow to Townsend’s strategies for the tournament and he acknowledges losing Watson is just another set-back that is painful.
The head coach said:”While there is a high likelihood of picking up injuries during a World Cup, it is almost disappointing to see somebody having to go home.
“We believe for Hamish who’d worked so difficult for the opportunity and wish him well in his recovery.”
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