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Scotland suffer another blow ahead of Bok test

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Scotland have suffered a further blow on their tour of South Africa as Geoff Cross has become the second forward to be ruled out of the tour due to injury.

Yesterday, hooker Pat MacArthur was ruled out of the remainder of the tour due to the knee injury he sustained against Samoa in Durban.

Cross, who won his 22nd cap on Saturday, suffered the same fate, the AC joint injury he suffered against the Pacific islanders meaning that his tour is also over.

The prop came on as a replacement to win his in the 27-17 loss to Samoa last Saturday in the opening round of a four-nation tournament also featuring the Springboks and Italy.

Cross has therefore been ruled out of the Test against South Africa this Saturday at Mbombela Stadium in north-eastern city Nelspruit, which will be staging Test rugby for the first time.

Both MacArthur and Cross will fly home on Tuesday. No decision has yet been taken on a replacement for either.

Captain Kelly Brown went for a scan in Nelspruit on Monday afternoon on his ankle injury and further assessment will be required on the flanker.

Scotland’s medical team also continue to treat the three other frontline casualties from the Samoa match – No 8 Johnnie Beattie (shoulder), and stand-off Tom Heathcote and centre Alex Dunbar (concussion).

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