International Rugby
Murray ruled out of Scotland tour
May 21, 2010
Euan Murray scrums down at a training session for Northampton in build up to the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-final, Franklin's Gardens, March 25, 2009
Scotland's scrum will be weakened by the absence of Euan Murray this summer © Getty Images

Prop Euan Murray has been forced to withdraw from Scotland's tour to Argentina next month due to an ankle injury.

The influential Northampton tight-head is struggling with knocks to both ankles and was advised not to travel following discussions between club doctors and the Scottish medical team. The loss of Murray, capped 32 times by his country, is a huge blow to coach Andy Robinson's hopes of beating the Pumas and building on an encouraging Six Nations finale that saw them beat Ireland at Croke Park.

Edinburgh's Geoff Cross has been drafted into the squad as a replacement ahead of the two-Test series with matches scheduled for Tucuman on June 12 and again in Mar Del Plata a week later.

SRU doctor James Robson explained the decision, saying, "Following consultation between our medical team and the medics at Euan's club, Northampton, the decision has been taken in the interests of the player for Euan to undergo a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation for differing injuries affecting both ankles."

Cross's promotion means that Bruce Douglas, who won the last of his 43 full Scotland caps four years ago, will return to 'A' team duty. Douglas, who plays for Montpellier in France, is due to join Worcester Warriors for next season. One other change to the 'A' squad sees Glasgow Warriors prop Jon Welsh stand down to be replaced by Ed Kalman.


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