Chunk replaced by Dickinson

Scotland have been forced to call prop Alasdair Dickinson into their World Cup squad after Allan Jacobsen was ruled out on Monday.

Jacobsen, who started the game against Portugal, suffered a serious calf injury and will return home in the near future.

He will be replaced by Gloucester prop Dickinson, who is as yet to win a cap for Scotland, and who turns twenty four tomorrow.

Coach Frank Hadden was obviously disappointed with the news, but is more than confident in the abilities of Dickinson, who has been involved in Scotland’s pre-World Cup training camps.

“It’s clearly a disappointment to lose Chunk (the nickname by which Jacobsen is known),” Hadden said.

“He worked incredibly hard over the summer and was in great shape.

“However Ally was also part of our preparation squad so is very much up to speed with what we do, and he has worked assiduously on his development as a player.”

James Robson, Scotland’s team doctor, explained that Jacobsen had in fact suffered a tear to his left calf muscle and is expected to be out for anything between six and eight weeks.

Whilst Dickinson was delighted to hear of his call-up he was also sorry for the manner in which it had to happen.

“I’m delighted to be called up, but obviously I feel a bit for Chunk because he’s a good mate from my days with Edinburgh,” Dickinson said.

 

365 Digital

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