Jackson returns to Scotland squad
February 20, 2012
Fly-half Ruaridh Jackson is in contention for Scotland's clash with France on Sunday © Getty Images
Glasgow fly-half Ruaridh Jackson is in line for an international return after being recalled to the Scotland squad ahead of their Six Nations clash with France at Murrayfield on Sunday.
The 24-year-old playmaker missed Scotland opening defeats to England and Wales due to a hamstring injury suffered during last year's Rugby World Cup. But having battled back to fitness he has featured in the Warriors' last two RaboDirect PRO12 outings - most recently the 13-13 draw with Connacht on Saturday - and has been rewarded with a recall to the Scotland squad.
Edinburgh fly-half Greig Laidlaw filled the No.10 jersey against Wales earlier this month with Glasgow's Duncan Weir providing cover from the bench following Dan Parks' decision to retire from international rugby in the wake of the loss to England.
In related news, winger Max Evans and lock Jim Hamilton were unable to train with the squad when they convened at Murrayfield today to begin preparations for Sunday's home clash. Evans is continuing his rehabilitation for the ankle injury he sustained against Wales eight days ago, while Hamilton has a throat infection.
Two other forwards, Richie Vernon (ankle) and Scott Lawson (dead leg) are also receiving treatment from the Scotland medical team following injuries they sustained in their club matches at the weekend, Vernon for Sale Sharks against Northampton Saints and Lawson in Gloucester's game against Bath. Meanwhile, Ed Kalman, the Glasgow Warriors prop who made his international debut in Cardiff, resumes team training today having recovered from neck pain following that match.
Scotland coach Andy Robinson is set to name his side to face France on Wednesday.
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