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Post by Tiger/Chief Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:59 pm

Not a topic for people to debate which team is worst affected but just purely to see which players are missing from other nations and who is back from the Autumn

England

Injured
Joe Launchberry
Courtney Lawes
Ben Morgan
Manu Tuilagi?

Returning ( squad dependant)
Mako Vunipola
Alex Corbesiero
Dan Cole
Geoff Parling
Manu Tuilagi

I've probably missed some! Feel free to update



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Post by majesticimperialman Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:13 pm

Ben Foden out for the season and the World cup with a knee injury.

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Post by sickofwendy Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:50 pm

Toms croft,Johnson and youngs are all back from injury.
You can add ed slater to the sick list

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Post by George Carlin Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:02 am

Some big names out for England.

In terms of Scotland, the following players were listed as unavailable due to injury:

Adam Ashe (neck)
Chris Fusaro (ankle)
Grant Gilchrist (arm)
Tyrone Holmes (face)
Ruaridh Jackson (knee)
Duncan Taylor (hamstring)
Duncan Weir (arm)

Other players who may not make the France game because they're still fully recovering from injury are:

Stuart Hogg
Robert Harley
Mark Bennett

So to summarise the net effect of this:

- With Weir and Jackson both broken, we are very short on fly half cover. Our first choice is Finn Russell, who has played fewer than 35 professional games in his life and his understudy is Greig Tonks (a convert from full back) or Peter Horne (a centre with an unreliable goalkicking record).

- The players that we are really worried about are the three listed immediately above. Rob Harley has a claim (along with Ali Dickinson and Jonny Gray) to being Scotland's most important forward. Our backline looks much less potent without Bennett and nobody else can do what Hogg can do.

- If you take Blair Cowan out of the equation, we have no other specialist opensides. We don't like that at all.

- Grant Gilchrist is the young lock who was down to captain the team in the AIs but got crocked whilst has left a space for his colleague Ben Toolis who has ripped up trees in the league this year. Not too worried about lock, mainly because everyone's favourite tattooed penalty liability, Mr James Hamilton is hopefully never doing to get on the field.
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Post by funnyExiledScot Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:47 am

George Carlin wrote:Some big names out for England.

In terms of Scotland, the following players were listed as unavailable due to injury:

Adam Ashe (neck)
Chris Fusaro (ankle)
Grant Gilchrist (arm)
Tyrone Holmes (face)
Ruaridh Jackson (knee)
Duncan Taylor (hamstring)
Duncan Weir (arm)

Other players who may not make the France game because they're still fully recovering from injury are:

Stuart Hogg
Robert Harley
Mark Bennett

So to summarise the net effect of this:

- With Weir and Jackson both broken, we are very short on fly half cover. Our first choice is Finn Russell, who has played fewer than 35 professional games in his life and his understudy is Greig Tonks (a convert from full back) or Peter Horne (a centre with an unreliable goalkicking record).

- The players that we are really worried about are the three listed immediately above. Rob Harley has a claim (along with Ali Dickinson and Jonny Gray) to being Scotland's most important forward. Our backline looks much less potent without Bennett and nobody else can do what Hogg can do.

- If you take Blair Cowan out of the equation, we have no other specialist opensides. We don't like that at all.

- Grant Gilchrist is the young lock who was down to captain the team in the AIs but got crocked whilst has left a space for his colleague Ben Toolis who has ripped up trees in the league this year. Not too worried about lock, mainly because everyone's favourite tattooed penalty liability, Mr James Hamilton is hopefully never doing to get on the field.

Not sure these are right. I think our best centre pairing is Scott/Dunbar - don't think that's less potent than any combination with Bennett at 13, and we have both Watson and Blake in the squad as specialist 7s.

Harley and Hogg are fundamental though, given the replacements would likely be Strokosch (D2 player) and Maitland (not a 15).

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Post by Heuer27 Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:34 pm

Personally not that fussed about Hogg being injured. Been a season ticket holder at Glasgow for a few years now and apart from games against Italy and England a couple of years ago, I don't get all the love for Hogg. He is unreliable under a high ball, his tackling is sometimes suspect, as is his temperament and he very rarely beats a man these days. Most supporters who sit around me are much happier with Murchie or Maitland at 15. If nothing else, both are very secure at the basics. Hogg wouldn't be in my first 15 at Glasgow never mind Scotland at the moment.

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