RWC blow for Scotland’s Hall

Scotland hooker Dougie Hall will miss this year’s Rugby World Cup after sustaining an injury in training.

Hall, 26, tore the medial ligament in his left knee and suffered some additional minor damage to the joint, during a squad session on Monday.

“Following the injury at training, we arranged for Dougie to go for a scan, the results of which we received last night,” said the Scotland team doctor, James Robson.

“The scan confirmed our initial diagnosis that he has torn his medial ligament and sustained some additional minor damage to the joint.

“We will now embark on further assessment and treatment but the average recovery time for this type of injury is 12-16 weeks.”

Hall won the first of his 19 caps four years ago and although he was part of Scotland’s squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, he did not feature in a matchday 22 on that occasion.

“It’s obviously disappointing news for Dougie and I wish him a speedy recovery,” said Scotland head coach Frank Hadden.

“He has made enormous progress in the last couple of years and been integral to the national squad in that time.”

Hadden has added Hall’s Glasgow Warriors team-mate, the uncapped 23-year-old Fergus Thomson, to the Scotland squad.

 

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