Injury cuts tour short for captain Kelly Brown

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MELROSE man Kelly Brown has become the third player to be sent home from Scotland rugby’s tour of South Africa due to injury.

Captain Brown will join fellow forwards Pat MacArthur and Gala’s Geoff Cross on the flight home after sustaining an ankle strain against Samoa. He left the field at half-time in Durban and underwent a scan in Nelspruit yesterday.

Following a scan at a local clinic, which indicates ligament damage, Brown will now be returned to the care of his club medical team at Saracens. He will be replaced on the tour by Glasgow Warriors hooker Fraser Brown.

“I’m very disappointed to be heading home but I wish the boys all the best and I’m sure they will do well in the final two games of the tour,” said Kelly.

Scotland team manager Gavin Scott added: “We wish Kelly a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming Fraser to the tour tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, the Scotland medical team continues to treat those players who sustained injuries at the weekend with backs Tom Heathcote and Alex Dunbar “continuing to progress through the return to play concussion protocol.”