Trio to miss Scotland's Six Nations clash with Ireland
Injuries to Joe Ansbro, Hugo Southwell and Rory Lamont will see them sit out Scotland's third fixture of the 2011 campaign.
Joe Ansbro, Hugo Southwell and Rory Lamont will all be absent for Scotland’s third Six Nations fixture on Sunday. Andy Robinson’s side will host Ireland at Murrayfield, as they look to bounce back from successive losses to France and Wales.
Ansbro and Southwell both featured from the start in the defeats, with the latter being replaced after just 19 minutes of the 24-6 reversal at the hands of the Welsh by Sean Lamont.
A facial injury sustained by Southwell in the Wales game, which left the player hospitalised, will continue to rule him out of the game with Ireland.
Ansbro was injured while on club duty with the Northampton Saints at the weekend, with the centre clashing heads with Bath’s Butch James in Saturday’s fixture.
The 25-year-old is still feeling the effects of concussion and, although he may have been fit to return to training on Wednesday, the decision has been taken to leave him out for the weekend because of the doubts over his fitness.
As such, Ansbro could feature for his club when they face Gloucester on Saturday in the Guinness Premiership if he recovers in time.
Lamont meanwhile is yet to feature in this season’s Six Nations campaign, with the RC Toulon wing suffering from internal bleeding in his thigh after receiving a dead leg during the French club’s Super 14 defeat to Agen.
Scotland are currently joint bottom of the Six Nations table, with Italy’s worse points difference propping the Scots up in fifth place.
Weekend opponents Ireland have won one and lost one of their first two fixtures, narrowly defeating Italy 13-11 in their opening game before losing 25-22 to France in round two.