Scotland star Stuart Hogg is set to miss the rest of the Six Nations – and what’s more – could be in a race against time to make the Rugby World Cup in Japan – according to reports.
Hogg only lasted 17 minutes before a collision with Peter O’Mahony saw him land on his shoulder, which suffered ligament damage during Scotland’s defeat at the hands of Ireland in Murrayfield. Scotland conceded a try within 60 seconds and missed the twice player of the tournament for the remainder of the game.
The Daily Mail’s Rob Robertson is reporting that Hogg’s shoulder injury following the questionable collision with the Ireland flanker is severe enough to end his tournament and even potentially cast doubt over his participation in the Rugby World Cup in September.
In a statement on Monday, the SRU revealed that backrow Ryan Wilson is out, saying: “The Glasgow Warriors forward sustained knee ligament damage in the national team’s round two defeat to Ireland at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday and will return to the care of his club’s medical team.
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“Centre Huw Jones and full-back Stuart Hogg suffered knee and shoulder ligament injuries respectively in the same game.
“Both remain part of the Scotland squad and will be assessed by a specialist this week to inform their programme of rehabilitation.”
The youngest Glasgow Warrior to make 100 appearances, Hogg reached the milestone against Edinburgh at Scotstoun in May 2017. He has earned 66 caps for his country and is a two-time British and Irish Lion and back-to-back Six Nations Player of the Championship (2016 and 2017).
Townsend is also missing key players Hamish Watson, John Barclay and David Denton from his back row while Blade Thomson, Magnus Bradbury, Cornell Du Preez and Luke Hamilton were also injured before the Six Nations began. John Hardie and Sam Skinner were both unavailable for Saturday’s game after picking up injuries.
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