Scotland lose Southwell for Rugby World cup

Scotland full-back Hugo Southwell has been ruled out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup after he failed to fully overcome a knee injury.

Thirty-one-year-old Southwell will miss the rugby world cup in New Zealand by World Cup by mutual consent after he held talks with coach Andy Robinson.

Robinson said today,”After talking this through with Hugo we’ve taken the decision to stand him down from our Rugby World Cup squad by mutual consent.

Southwell played in five of Scotland’s matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and was hoping to play in Scotland’s opening match with Romania on September the 10th.

“Hugo has been working hard to recover from a knee injury but has not been able to take a full part in our training camp and while he may be fit to resume playing in mid-late August both Hugo and I have decided that he will not be part of our World Cup plans.

“Hugo has been very diligent in his rehabilitation programme and I’m sure he will be determined to perform for Scotland again in the future.”

Scotland currently have a 38-strong Rugby World Cup training squad and Robinson says that he will not call for a replacement.

Scotland are expected to name their final 30 for New Zealand on August the 22nd which is two days after their final Test against Italy at Murrayfield.

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