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Scotland lock Skinner ruled out of World Cup with hamstring injury

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Scotland lock Skinner ruled out of World Cup with hamstring injury
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Scotland v Fiji - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Britain - November 10, 2018 Scotland's Sam Skinner in action Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith   -   Copyright  LEE SMITH(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Scotland lock Sam Skinner has been ruled out of next month’s Rugby World Cup after injuring his hamstring in last weekend’s win over France, Scottish Rugby said on Tuesday.

Skinner was helped off the pitch after 65 minutes into Scotland’s 17-14 win at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Exeter Chiefs second row later had scans that confirmed he would not have enough time to recover ahead of the tournament in Japan.

“Skinner had the muscle scanned at Spire Murrayfield Hospital on the evening of the match, with the time taken to recover deemed insufficient to play a meaningful part in Scotland’s Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign,” Scottish Rugby said in a statement.

Glasgow Warriors second row Tim Swinson, who has 38 Scotland caps, has been called up as cover. Scotland’s Pool A campaign begins on Sept. 22 when they take on Ireland in Yokohama.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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