McInally replaces Cherry in Rugby World Cup 2023 squad

McInally replaces Cherry in Rugby World Cup 2023 squad

Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally has been called up into the Rugby World Cup 2023 squad to replace David Cherry who has left the tournament through injury.

To ensure a full front row complement McInally, who is playing in his second Rugby World Cup, joined the Scotland squad today after initially being put on standby following a concussion sustained by Ewan Ashman last week.

Cherry suffered a concussion after an accident in the team hotel earlier this week and is now following the current return to play protocols. This means he is unavailable for at least the next 12 days.

The decision was therefore taken to end his tournament involvement on medical grounds after he injured his head on Monday, slipping on hotel stairs, on a team day off.

David Cherry said: “I’m hugely disappointed to be leaving the squad with concussion. I’ve loved my time in camp over the summer and gaining my first world cup cap on Sunday against South Africa.

“I want to wish the team all the best for the remainder of the competition.”

Ewan Ashman is continuing his return to play protocols and is currently on track to be available for selection next week.

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