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Scotland draft Ross Ford injury replacement

Scotland hooker Ross Ford

Uncapped hooker Neil Cochrane has replaced the injured Ross Ford in Scotland’s squad for their three internationals this month, while Rory Sutherland and Magnus Bradbury have also been called up.

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Ford will miss the Tests against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia due to a pectoral injury, so his Edinburgh team-mate Cochrane has been drafted in by Gregor Townsend.

Prop Sutherland will also report for international duty along with back-row Bradbury, who won his second cap in a victory over Italy in June.

The absence of Ford is another blow for Townsend, who is already without the likes of Greig Laidlaw, Richie Gray, Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett and Duncan Taylor.

Scotland face Samoa in their first November international at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Shaylen 7 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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