Dun­bar out again

Fresh in­jury blow for Alex

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Archibald

Alex Dun­bar’s Six Na­tions may well be over be­fore it has even started.

The big cen­tre from John­stone­bridge has been hit by yet another in­jury.

Out of the opener against Wales at the week­end while still un­der­go­ing head knock pro­to­cols, he was ex­pected to re­turn to meet the French at Mur­ray­field on Sun­day.

Dun­bar was back in train­ing at Oriam on Tues­day but picked up a ham­string in­jury and un­con­firmed re­ports sug­gest it was se­ri­ous enough make him miss the rest of the tour­na­ment.

It’s the lat­est in a string of in­juries that have blighted the 27-year-old for­mer An­nan mini’s ca­reer.

And it will be a ma­jor blow to coach Gre­gor Townsend ahead of a must-win game fol­low­ing the bat­ter­ing the Scots took at the hands of a well dis­ci­plined Welsh side.

Dun­bar’s all round abil­i­ties, tack­ling strength and canny knack of break­ing tack­les, were sorely missed and will be once more.

With sev­eral other in­juries, the op­tions for the cen­tral pair­ing are dis­ap­pear­ing fast.

Mean­while, it was bet­ter news for for­mer Ste­wartry young­ster Stafford McDowall who will be back wear­ing a Scot­land jersey tonight.

He has been picked at out­side cen­tre for the Un­der 20s clash with their French coun­ter­parts at Broad­wood Sta­dium in Cum­ber­nauld which kicks off at 7.45pm.

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