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Scotland lose two more players for Italy clash

Jim Hamilton will miss this weekend's match to be by his wife's side

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Article Published: Monday 17 June 2013|

Scotland have suffered another blow for their match against Italy in Pretoria this weekend as they have lost two forwards for the match.

Flanker Joe Harley has joined the Scotland team in South Africa after loose forward Ryan Wilson dislocated his shoulder during a 30-17 loss to South Africa last Saturday in the second round of a four-nation tournament.

And lock Jim Hamilton, who was sin binned in that game, will miss a third-place play-off with Italy to be with his wife who is expecting their child.

Wilson is the fourth Scottish forward to suffer a tour-ending injury after flank forward and captain Kelly Brown, prop Geoff Cross and hooker Pat MacArthur.

Scotland face the Italians in Pretoria on Saturday in the first half of a Test double-header followed by the final between South Africa and Samoa.

Harley, 23, has fond memories of Italy, making his first start for Scotland against them in a 34-10 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield four months ago.

The Scots lost 27-17 to Samoa in Durban two weeks ago, but gave a much better display against the Springboks and held an 11-point lead in the second half.

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