Scotland centre Duncan Taylor suffers another serious knee injury

29-year-old faces race against time to be fit for next year's Rugby World Cup

Duncan Taylor
Duncan Taylor in action against Australia in June 2017 ***Image: Fotosport/David Gibson***

DUNCAN TAYLOR has sustained anterior cruciate ligament [knee] damage which seems certain to rule him out of both Scotland’s Autumn Test Schedule and the Six Nations, whilst playing for Saracens A team in the Premiership Shield at the weekend.

The 29-year-old centre, who has been capped 21 times, is now in a race against time to be fit for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, and his prospects are not helped by how little game time he has had in the last 14 months after a series of head injuries and medical collateral ligament damage to his knee.

He was last capped on Scotland against Fiji in June 2017. He played the first four games of last season for Saracens, after which the only time he managed more than a half of rugby was when he played 48 minutes against Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup in October. He made seven more appearances for the club off the bench in spurts across the campaign.

A press release from Saracens yesterday [Wedenesday] explained that Taylor has been ruled out for ‘a lengthy period’. It stated: “Scotland international Taylor suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in the Premiership Rugby Shield. The 29-year-old is set to see a specialist to assess the full extent of the damage.”

Taylor signed a contract extension with Saracens in May which will keep him on the books at the club until May 2021.


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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.