Scotland’s World Cup hopes have suffered a third major blow in as many days after halfback Ali Price was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
Edinburgh’s Henry Pyrgos is now flying out to Japan to join up with Gregor Townsend’s squad.
But the news means more disappointment for the head coach as it follows on from Sunday’s abject display in the 27-3 loss to Pool A rivals Ireland and Monday’s confirmation that flanker Hamish Watson’s World Cup campaign is also over.
Watson has been replaced by Magnus Bradbury,
Price sustained a foot injury in the Scots’ opening clash at the International Stadium Yokohama and was spotted on crutches as the team boarded a bullet train to Kobe yesterday.
But he has now been given the news he was dreading after scans confirmed he would play no further part in the tournament.
Pyrgos is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Thursday and take his place in the 31-man group preparing to face Samoa at the Kobe Misaki Stadium on Monday.
“We’re disappointed for Ali (Price) to have to return home so early in the tournament,” Townsend said, via a statement.
“Both Ali and Hamish (Watson) had invested a lot of effort into being in their best physical shape for the World Cup and it’s a shame that they’ve only been involved in one game.”