Duncan Taylor leaves tour of Japan due to hamstring injury

Duncan Taylor in action against Japan last weekend
Duncan Taylor in action against Japan last weekend
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Scotland centre Duncan Taylor is heading home from the tour of Japan due to the hamstring injury he suffered in Saturday’s first Test.

The Scottish medical staff had been keen to give Taylor time to see if he responded to treatment, but have now agreed he has no chance of making the second Test this weekend.

Head coach Vern Cotter will not call up a replacement.

Cotter had already pointed out that the team are well covered in the midfield, with South Africa-based Scottish-born Huw Jones – a surprise call-up days before the tour – in line to win his first cap as part of the matchday 23. Matt Scott and Peter Horne finished the last match as the centre pairing, while Sean Lamont has also won Test caps in the centre and could be another option.

Heading in the opposite direction to Taylor is prop Gordon Reid, who was called out immediately after the first game when it became obvious that Alasdair Dickinson would play no further role in the trip.

He has now arrived and revealed he knew nothing about what was going on in Toyota until he got the phone call telling him to pack his bags and catch a flight the following morning.

“I was having a nice day down at Ayr beach, then I have to have a word with my missus and say, ‘I’ve got to go away’,” the 29-year-old said. “She was pretty angry to be honest, just because it was such short notice. She was delighted for me. It was just because I was leaving her – young love, eh!

“When the team was named at the start I was a bit disappointed but I was happy to get a full pre-season with Glasgow. Now that I have been called out for the second week, I am pretty happy to be here.”