Ross Rennie’s Six Nations hopes suffer another blow

Ross Rennie has a neural issue
Ross Rennie has a neural issue
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Ross Rennie’s hopes of forcing his way back into the Scotland rugby squad for this season’s RBS Six Nations Championship have suffered yet another blow.

The 28-year-old former Edinburgh flanker had been due to make his comeback this weekend for new club Bristol after eight weeks out with a knee injury. However, it has emerged that a “neural issue” has now sidelined a player who made the last of 20 international appearances against the All Blacks two years ago.

Matt Sherratt, a coach at the unbeaten English Championship side, effectively ruled out Rennie long term, saying: “It’s neural, so it’s not something where you can say, ‘This has happened and it’s going to be this long’. He is going to speak to a consultant, then we will be more aware of time-frames after that, so fingers crossed it’s good news.”

Bracketing Rennie with other casualties, Sherratt added: “They are going to be back around the business end of the season – and this season is one that comes to life in April and May. So let’s hope they will play a full part in that.”

• Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons is calling on his side to re-discover form shown defeating Dragons 24-10 when going deeper into what he considers the pivotal part of the Guinness Pro 12 season.

“They could have won by more – (it) showed they had real belief in what they were doing and in each other”, Solomons has told the latest edition of Scrum magazine.