Key men return to training for Scotland

Gregor Townsend
Gregor Townsend

Scotland's NatWest 6 Nations campaign has been boosted after several key players returned to training.

Gregor Townsend's side are preparing to take on England at BT Murrayfield next weekend which could decide their campaign after defeat to Wales and a win over France in their opening games.

Their preparations for the trip to Cardiff - which ended in humiliation - were hampered by the enforced absence of several front row forwards, but props WP Nel and Zander Fagerson have returned to training to bolster the pack, while hooker Fraser Brown is also nearing a return but will not be fit to take the field against England.

Nel has been absent since suffering a broken arm in the autumn international opener against Samoa, while Fagerson picked up a foot problem at the start of January, but the pair were spotted training at an open session at Townsend's old club in Galashiels.

"He (Nel) is running around," the Scotland head coach said. "He trained with us on Wednesday and we are just having a look.

"Zander trained with us today because Glasgow have a game so we will see how they get on this week and potentially next week we will be able to make a call on whether they are available, or it could be after the England game."

On Brown, he added: "We hope he will resume full training next week, but that's likely to be with his club but he should be back available pretty soon.

"It is a huge boost to have those experienced players in similar positions is a boost.

"The other is Richie Gray and we will know more this weekend whether he will be back full training too."

Gray is another who has been a long-term absence after suffering a succession of back and calf injuries and at the start of the tournament it was feared he could miss the whole competition, but Townsend is optimistic he could return for the final two matches.

The second row remains with his club in Toulouse, but is being closely monitored ahead of a potential return.

Townsend said: "He's not with us, (but) he should know over the weekend whether he can resume full training."


Sky Bet's Six Nations winner odds

Odds correct at 1700 GMT on 11/02/18.


Related links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Vinndication looks a star for Kim Bailey1

International Meeting: Five to Follow

Matt Brocklebank highlights a handful of horses he expects to light up this weekend's International Meeting at Cheltenham.

2

Daily Nap: The joy of six?

After five winning naps in succession make sure you don't miss Tuesday's best bet as we head to Southwell's all-weather meeting.

Everton's Lucas Digne after scoring a late equaliser3

Digne to the rescue for Everton

Everton defender Lucas Digne snatched a 2-2 draw against Watford in the Marco Silva grudge match at Goodison Park with an equaliser in the sixth minute of added time.

Brandon Stone with the biggest title of his career4

Alfred Dunhill: No Stone unturned

After a 16/1 winner and 50/1 place last week, don't miss Ben Coley's take on the Alfred Dunhill Championship where Brandon Stone looks worth siding with.

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action5

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

Most Read

Vinndication looks a star for Kim Bailey1

International Meeting: Five to Follow

Matt Brocklebank highlights a handful of horses he expects to light up this weekend's International Meeting at Cheltenham.

2

Daily Nap: The joy of six?

After five winning naps in succession make sure you don't miss Tuesday's best bet as we head to Southwell's all-weather meeting.

Everton's Lucas Digne after scoring a late equaliser3

Digne to the rescue for Everton

Everton defender Lucas Digne snatched a 2-2 draw against Watford in the Marco Silva grudge match at Goodison Park with an equaliser in the sixth minute of added time.

Brandon Stone with the biggest title of his career4

Alfred Dunhill: No Stone unturned

After a 16/1 winner and 50/1 place last week, don't miss Ben Coley's take on the Alfred Dunhill Championship where Brandon Stone looks worth siding with.

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action5

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

Racing Tips

Daily Nap: The joy of six?

After five winning naps in succession make sure you don't miss Tuesday's best bet as we head to Southwell's all-weather meeting.

Chef Des Obeaux makes his chasing debut

Tuesday's racing preview

Nick Grant makes Zip his best bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race at the three meetings in the UK.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Next Race Off

00:16 Remington Park
11
(11)
Flying Fireball
J: Iram Diego
7
(7)
Marcy's Gray Girl
J: Lane Luzzi
6
(6)
Shesmybroker
J: Sasha Risenhoover

Football Tips

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Sizing Tennessee on his way to Ladbrokes Trophy glory

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in December 2018.