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Huw Jones out of Six Nations, but Hogg's prognosis unclear

It appears that Huw Jones will take no further part in the Six Nations.

The SRU issued a release stating: “Scotland centre Huw Jones is unlikely to play any further part in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.

“The Glasgow Warriors midfielder sustained knee ligament damage in the national team’s round two defeat to Ireland at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday, with scan results suggesting the injury recovery time would likely be beyond the reaches of the current campaign.

“As such, Jones has returned to the care of his club’s medical team.”

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However, Hogg’s injury remains unclear.

“Full-back Stuart Hogg damaged shoulder ligaments early in the first-half of the same game and is now under the joint care of the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland medical teams, with his rehabilitation progress and review ongoing.”

Yesterday, Gregor Townsend said: ““Well it’s news to me that he’s out for the Six Nations as we’re still waiting to see how he recovers,” said Townsend. “He’s about to see a specialist later today (Wednesday) so we’ll know more about his chances of playing over the next few weeks after that.

“I’m very hopeful that he’ll get good news and that he’ll be available to play some part in the Six Nations.”

If Hogg does fail to recover in time to feature, Townsend insists he is happy enough with his cover at 15.

The British and Irish Lion was replaced by Blair Kinghorn against last year’s Grand Slam winners.

The young Edinburgh back scored Scotland’s first ever Six Nations hat-trick from the left wing against Italy in their tournament opener, and Townsend said: “Blair obviously had a great game against Italy. He backed that up on his first touch as he got through the Ireland defence on Saturday and being heavily involved in the second half.

“It was just a pity that we didn’t get that multi-phase game that we got in the first half that would have allowed someone like Blair to get on the ball more.”

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Huw Jones out of Six Nations, but Hogg's prognosis unclear