WARRIOR SPIRIT: Glasgow Warriors' Kevin Bryce has been drafted into the Scotland squad to replace injured Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally
LONDON, 14 September - Kevin Bryce, the Glasgow Warriors hooker, has been drafted in to Scotland’s Rugby World Cup 2015 squad after Stuart McInally was ruled out of the tournament through injury.
McInally, 25, won his first cap against Italy last month as Scotland recorded back-to-back wins and impressed head coach Vern Cotter to such an extent that he was named in the 31-man squad.
However, McInally has failed to recover from an ongoing neck complaint following an MRI scan, meaning that Bryce, who made his Scotland debut last year on their summer tour to Canada, has been called up as a direct replacement.
RARING TO GO
Cotter said: “We’re really disappointed for Stuart who worked exceptionally hard to earn selection, so to not be able to take part in this year’s Rugby World Cup is tough on him.
“He (Stuart) is a great rugby player with good character, and is also a good leader, so we wish him well with his recovery and hope he gets back on the paddock as soon as possible.
“Kevin knows the squad, he’s a very good ball carrier and is an aggressive player who works hard. He’s been welcomed into the squad and I know he’ll give us everything he’s got. He’s raring to go.”
Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford is likely to start Scotland’s opening game at RWC 2015 against Japan next Wednesday, with Bryce as second choice.
Bryce, 27, was originally a late call-up to Scotland's provisional training squad as precautionary cover, but he was one of seven players to be cut from the extended squad last month.