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Gregor Townsend Provides Huge Boost To Scotland’s Chances Against England Next Week

Scotland and Gregor Townsend got their Six Nations back on track with a much-needed win against France at Murrayfield on Sunday. It was vital that they bounced back from that opening-day humbling at the hands of Warren Gatland’s Wales and they can now look forward to welcoming old-rivals England to Edinburgh next weekend. 

Like all sides in this year’s Six Nations, Scotland have had their fair share of injuries, most notably in their front-row which has significantly weakened their scrum but thankfully, Townsend provided a much timely injury update today which reveals that tightheads WP Nel and Zander Ferguson are on the comeback trail.

Townsend said it was a “huge boost” to have those players back training and with regards to Nel, the Scottish head coach highlights the fact that the 31-year-old has been able to come back into the fold previously after suffering from a lengthy injury.

“I think when he [Nel] played against Italy in the summer he’d had one game in a similar period, three, four months out, and he did pretty well in that game against Italy,” Townsend told BBC Sport.

Nel’s injury was an upper limb issue and as a result has been able to keep relatively fit but with Ferguson, he may need more time to get up to speed.

“Obviously this is Zander’s first session with us. He only resumed training this week. WP has been training for a couple of weeks now but we need to get a good look at them and see how they react but it will be next week that we will have a clearer picture,” Townsend said.

Richie Gray could also be making a return from a calf injury which ruled him out against France.

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

Finally, some positive news on the injury front for Scotland and they will need that strength in depth if they want to overcome England next weekend.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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