Brough forced to bow out of France game af­ter hand in­jury

The Herald - Sport - - UPDATE -

SCOT­LAND will go into their fi­nal Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship game against France with­out the mer­cu­rial Danny Brough.

The vet­eran cap­tain, 33, in­jured his hand in the 24-22 de­feat by Ire­land at Galashiels on Fri­day night, and will be rested for the France game, with Scot­land out of ti­tle con­tention fol­low­ing two nar­row losses.

“Danny won’t come to France,” con­firmed Scot­land head coach Steve McCor­mack. “He has dam­aged his hand so won’t be fit but he wouldn’t play any­way now that we can’t win it. Danny needs a rest – he’s played ev­ery game for us in the last three cam­paigns now and needs a break be­fore pre-sea­son starts with his club.

“He could eas­ily have pulled out of the whole tour­na­ment to give him­self a break ahead of the Four Na­tions next year and the 2017 World Cup. His wife, Jenna, has been away climb­ing Mount Kil­i­man­jaro for the Steve Prescott Foundation so Danny has been drop­ping his kids off at school ev­ery morn­ing, driv­ing a cou­ple of hours to train­ing, go­ing back to pick the kids up from school, then driv­ing back to the team ho­tel.

“He did that three days on the trot. That tells you every­thing about him and his com­mit­ment to Scot­land. He has been ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing.”

Half-back Brough has not had a proper break since 2012, hav­ing played through­out the 2013 World Cup and last au­tumn’s tri­umphant Euro­pean cam­paign. Cen­tre Ben Hellewell has made a sim­i­lar com­mit­ment and, along with prop Adam Walker, is un­avail­able for the game in Avi­gnon on Satur­day, Novem­ber 7. McCor­mack is in talks to bring un­capped Billy McCon­nachie over from Aus­tralia as a re­place­ment for Walker.

France play Wales on Fri­day at Cardiff Arms Park, hav­ing been shel­lacked by England last Satur­day, con­ced­ing a record 15 tries. How­ever, vic­tory over Wales, and an­other over Scot­land, will give them top spot.

Pic­ture: Getty

RULED OUT: Hud­der­s­field Gi­ants tal­is­man Danny Brough will miss Scot­land’s fi­nal game against France.

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