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Double injury blow for Scotland
ESPN Staff
May 10, 2012
Lee Jones goes over for Scotland's second try, Scotland v France, Six Nations, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 26, 2012
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Scotland have received a massive blow ahead of their three-Test summer tour with the news that Lee Jones and David Denton have both been ruled out.

The news comes on the same day that lock Jim Hamilton was hit with a seven-week ban from the Rugby Football Union for his part in the brawl in Gloucester's heavy defeat to London Irish. Jones crossed for his first try for Scotland during the 2012 Six Nations but has been ruled out with a fractured shoulder blade.

Back-row Denton, who was one of the stars of the Six Nations, has sustained damage to his left ankle ligaments. Scotland team doctor James Robson commented on the news saying: "Lee suffered the fracture in the Heineken Cup semi-final loss to Ulster last month. Injuries of this nature typically resolve over the course of six to eight weeks, so he will not be available for the tour.

"David sustained the ankle injury in the final game of the league season against Treviso last weekend and subsequent scanning of the joint revealed damage to the ligaments.

"Following consultation with John McKinley, the ankle specialist at Spire Murrayfield Hospital, David will not require surgery but will now embark on a prolonged period of rehabilitation which will rule him out of the summer tour. His estimated return would be between eight to ten weeks."

Scotland go into the Test with Australia on June 5 seeking to end a seven-match winless sequence, before playing the Waratahs on June 10 and Tests against Fiji on June 16 and Samoa a week later. The Scotland tour party for June's three-Test tour will be announced on May 16.

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