Scotland lose three stars for June internationals

Scotland will tour Australia, Fiji and Samoa next month without three lock Jim Hamilton, No. 8 David Denton and winger Lee Jones.


Hamilton will miss Scotland’s rugby tour of Australia, after being suspended for seven weeks for fighting in an English Premiership match.


More bad news came for Scotland coach Andy Robinson, with Denton and Jones unavailable because of injuries.


Hamilton was suspended by an English Rugby Football Union judiciary for brawling with London Irish hooker David Paice while playing for Gloucester last Saturday.


After the pair was sin-binned, Hamilton punched Paice as they walked off the field, triggering a brawl. They were then red-carded.


Hamilton, a two-time World Cup player with 39 caps, was suspended to Aug. 19.


Denton has damage to his left ankle ligaments, while his Edinburgh teammate Jones has a broken right shoulder blade.


Hamilton and Denton played in every match of the Six Nations, while Jones missed only the finale against Italy.


Denton was hurt in club play last weekend, while Jones broke his shoulder in the Heineken Cup semifinals loss to Ulster last month, Scotland team doctor James Robson said.


Neither needed surgery, but Denton was out for eight to 10 weeks, and Jones for up to eight weeks.


Robinson will name a 32-man squad next Wednesday for the tour, which opens with a test against Australia on June 5, followed by the New South Wales Waratahs on June 10, and tests against Fiji on June 16 and Samoa a week later.

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