Scotland call up Scott Lawson in place of injured Ross Ford for South Africa tournament

Last Updated: 31/05/13 11:08am

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Hooker Scott Lawson will replace the injured Ross Ford in Scotland's squad

Hooker Scott Lawson will replace the injured Ross Ford in Scotland's squad

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Scott Lawson has been included in the Scotland squad for the international tournament in South Africa after Ross Ford withdrew due to injury.

Former captain Ford suffered an injury during training on Wednesday and Lawson, who is joining Newcastle from London Irish this summer, has been named as his replacement.

The experienced hooker made his last Scotland appearance in the disastrous defeat to Tonga last November and featured in both Tests during their last visit to South Africa in 2006.

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: "Ross Ford pulled up in training in Aviemore on Wednesday.

"He was scanned at Spire Murrayfield Hospital and a calf tear was diagnosed, recovery from which takes, on average, more than six weeks.

"It's unfortunate for Ross but, looking on the bright side, it will give him the chance to have an off-season, which can do him good.

"It also gives an opportunity to assess other players, which is one of the key things this tour is about.

"It's a time then for Scott and the two hookers already named in the tour party, Pat (MacArthur) and Stevie (Lawrie), to compete for places."

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