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Scotland Seek 10s To Replace Injured Russell And Hastings

Scotland Seek 10s To Replace Injured Russell And Hastings

Duncan Weir and James Lang will vie for Scotland's No. 10 jersey through the Autumn Nations Cup after injuries sidelined Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.

EDINBURGH, Scotland: Duncan Weir and James Lang will vie for Scotland’s No. 10 jersey through the Autumn Nations Cup after injuries sidelined Finn Russell and Adam Hastings.

Russell or Hastings has been the starting flyhalf in 24 of the 25 tests since June 2018. But last weekend in the Six Nations finale against Wales in Llanelli, Russell hurt his groin and his replacement Hastings dislocated his shoulder.

Russell is expected to be out for two months on rest, and Hastings for four months after surgery.

Weir hasn’t started a test at flyhalf since the 2016 Six Nations. His last appearance, as a replacement against France in March, was his first for Scotland in three years.

Lang covers center and flyhalf, playing at No. 10 on his first Scotland tour of the Americas in 2018. He didnt appear again until last month at center against Georgia and Wales.

“The squad adapted well at the weekend to the enforced changes and we have belief in those in our squad that can step up to play at standoff, coach Gregor Townsend said on Thursday.

Other features of the squad include recalls for Saracens winger Sean Maitland, who was dropped last week for breaching health protocols while with the Barbarians for the canceled game against England, and Exeter scrumhalf Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

Hidalgo-Clyne won the last of his 12 caps two years ago but recently helped Exeter win the European and English club crowns.

Scotland is in a Nations Cup group with France and Fiji, and starts against Italy in Rome on Nov. 14.

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