Stuart McInally was today drafted into the Scotland rugby squad ahead of Saturday’s Calcutta Cup trip to Twickenham – just 24 hours after making a first start for Edinburgh in his new position of hooker.
The 24-year-old, who was an unused back row substitute for Scotland against South Africa in 2012 and switched to hooker in August 2013, is providing precautionary cover for British and Irish Lion Ross Ford, who has been laid low by back spasms since the defeat by Italy.
In other dramatic developments today, it was confirmed that Peter Horne, stand off against Italy, suffered concussion playing for Glasgow on Friday and is beginning a graduated “return to play” protocol, while winger Sean Maitland comes off the injured list to replace Sean Lamont, ruled out for the season after suffering knee damage in Glasgow’s win over Zebre.
While with the squad, Maitland will continue his recovery from a shoulder injury sustained in January, suggesting a recall could be on the cards for Edinburgh’s Tim Visser.
Stuart McInally has got the nod over four capped hookers in Kevin Bryce, Pat MacArthur, Dougie Hall and Scott Lawson in what has to be regarded as meteoric progress.
Phased back into pro action as a flanker, McInally came off the Edinburgh bench to hook against Ospreys last month in a landmark move for him.
Part of his apprenticeship included a loan spell at Bristol where he made five English Championship appearances, mostly as a sub.