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Scotland facing more front-row woe
ESPN Staff
October 30, 2012
Newcastle's Grant Shiells takes the ball forward, Wasps v Newcastle Falcons, Aviva Premiership, Adams Park, London, May 5, 2012
Newcastle's Grant Shiells is in the Scotland mix © Getty Images
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Newcastle Falcons prop Grant Shiells has been drafted in by Scotland for the remaining two days of their training camp in St Andrews.

Scotland are already without front-rowers Alasdair Dickinson, Ed Kalman, Steven Lawrie, Moray Low, Pat MacArthur and Jon Welsh for their training camp and Scotland boss Andy Robinson has called on Shiells.

Robinson said: "We've invited Grant to train with us given some of the recent injuries we've had on both sides of the front row."

Shiells, aged 23, has been turning out for the Falcons in the RFU Championship and has played for the national side at Under-20 and Under-19 level. His addition comes amid more uncertainty surrounding the fitness of Scotland's front-rowers.

"The Edinburgh props Allan Jacobsen and Geoff Cross are returning to some elements of team training today for the first time since their respective hamstring and concussion injuries," Scotland team doctor James Robson said. "Ryan Grant, the Glasgow Warriors prop, sustained a concussive episode against Treviso at the weekend and is currently subject to our graduated return to play protocol."

Despite their injuries, all three are still in the mix to face the All Blacks on November 11. But there are a number of injury concerns elsewhere in the squad, with limited training today for locks Jim Hamilton (ribs), Al Kellock (back) and Richie Gray (ankle), flanker Ross Rennie (shoulder), stand-offs Ruaridh Jackson (shoulder) and Greig Laidlaw (neck), centre Nick De Luca (ankle) and wing/centre Sean Lamont (facial).

Robinson will announce his Scotland captain on Wednesday.

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