Mark Bennett replaces injured Alex Dunbar on Scotland tour

All three tour matches to be televised live on terrestrial television

Mark Bennett will be hoping to pick up his first cap since February 2017 after being added to the Scotland squad to tour the Americas this summer
Mark Bennett will be hoping to pick up his first cap since February 2017 after being added to the Scotland squad to tour the Americas this summer ***Image: ©Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH centre Mark Bennett has been called into the Scotland squad to tour the Americas next month as a replacement for Alex Dunbar, who has been ruled out of the trip with a hamstring injury picked up whilst training with his club, Glasgow Warriors, last week.

Bennett will be looking to win his first cap since tearing his cruciate whilst playing against England in 2017. That injury kept the centre out of action for almost a year, and his comeback in January in 2018 was too late for the 25-year-old to really become a credible contender for selection for this season’s Six Nations in one of the most keenly contested positions in the Scotland squad.

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For Dunbar, this is another set-back in what has been a highly frustrating season for the 28-year-old. He played against Samoa and New Zealand in November but missed the final match of the Autumn series against Australia after failing a head injury assessment, and lingering issues with concussion ruled him out of Scotland’s Six Nations campaign. He has also missed games this year due to knee surgery, a thigh strain and an ankle problem.

The other centres in the tour squad are Dunbar’s Glasgow team-mates Nick Grigg and Peter Horne, plus Duncan Taylor of Saracens. Chris Harris of Newcastle Falcons played at outside centre against Wales in this year’s Six Nations opener, but that was not a huge success. Uncapped James Lang has started games at stand-off, centre and full-back this year.

  • Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that all three of Scotland’s tour matches will be shown live on terrestrial television, with their games against Canada on Saturday 9th June [7pm local time and 2am GMT] and USA on 16th June [8pm local time and 2am GMT] being broadcast by the BBC, and their final match against Argentina on 23rdJune [4.40pm local time and 8.40pm GMT] being broadcast on Channel 4.

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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.