REVEALED: The reason for Richie Gray’s continued Scotland absence

Former British and Irish Lion Richie Gray’s absence from Scotland’s World Cup training squad is his own decision, says assistant coach Danny Wilson.

Toulouse lock Gray was a shock omission from Gregor Townsend’s 44-man training squad in May and was overlooked on Tuesday when Sam Skinner was ruled out.

The 29-year-old became a father to son Ostin at the end of May.

“Due to family reasons and returning from injury, he decided he couldn’t commit to the World Cup,” Wilson added.

“As I understand it, Gregor has been in conversation with him for a long time. Timing does come into these things at times and that’s the situation. It’s a personal choice which we understand from Richie.

“He’s not been in the squad since I began my time with Scotland. Hopefully that will happen in the future, but we’ll see.”

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