Scotland’s Autumn Nations Cup hopes have suffered a major blow with head coach Gregor Townsend confirming that flyhalves Finn Russell and Adam Hastings have both been ruled out of the competition through injury.
The news doesn't gett better for Glasgow pivot Hastings who is unlikely to feature at all during next year’s Six Nations campaign. Both pivots failed to finish Scotland's final Six Nations' game against Wales with Russell suffering a groin injury and was replaced by Hastings, who also did not finish the 14-10 victory after suffering a dislocated shoulder.
“Finn we hope will be back in time for the Six Nations, but it’s unlikely Adam will be back before the end of that tournament,” Townsend told BBC Scotland.
“At the very best he’ll come back at the end, but that will depend on how things go.”
Duncan Weir now looks set for an extended period in the starting line up while Stuart Hogg could also take the #10 role having played the position in his youth while also stepping in last week in the latter stages. Hogg also started for the Lions in 2013 at flyhalf.
Scotland face off against Italy next weekend in their opening game of the competition before France and Fiji come to Murrayfield. Scotland open their 2021 Six Nations away to England on 6 February.