Dun­can misses summer tour

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang man Dun­can Weir has been sen­sa­tion­ally omit­ted from the 34-man Scot­land squad for this summer’s three-test tour.

Gre­gor Townsend has wasted no time in mak­ing his mark as the coun­try’s new head coach ahead of games against Italy, Aus­tralia and Fiji.

He an­nounced a team which has no place for four play­ers who were in­volved in the Six Na­tions Cham­pi­onship vic­tory over Italy - in­clud­ing the for­mer Catkin High School pupil.

The coach, who watched Weir con­trib­ute 19 points to Ed­in­burgh’s vic­tory over his own Glas­gow War­riors side last week, said that re­cent form had counted against the 25-year-old.

For­mer Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club man Weir is gen­er­ally seen as a con­ser­va­tive play­maker with in­stincts very dif­fer­ent to Townsend’s attack-minded fo­cus.

“I was re­ally pleased for him,” said Townsend of Weir’s per­for­mance at Scot­stoun.

“He’s maybe not had the best of pe­ri­ods over the past few weeks but that was much more like Duncy.

“He misses out, but it was a close de­ci­sion.”

Omit­ted Dun­can Weir

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