'Right now he is very emotional' - Scotland World Cup star retires with neck injury - Ruck

‘Right now he is very emotional’ – Scotland World Cup star retires with neck injury

In a poignant moment, Stuart McInally bid farewell to the Scotland squad after Sunday’s triumph against Tonga.

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The seasoned hooker was compelled to withdraw from the World Cup due to a neck injury, a little over a week after receiving a last-minute call-up.

Edinburgh’s 33-year-old forward, who had previously revealed his post-tournament plans to embark on a new career as an airline pilot, has been replaced by Glasgow’s Johnny Matthews in the team.

“Right now he is very emotional,” said Townsend.

“He got a presentation in the changing room from the players and (long-time Scotland and Edinburgh team-mate) Grant Gilchrist gave him a fantastic speech.

” It’s a very emotional time for all of us, especially Stuart.

“To get the news on Saturday that he wasn’t going to recover in time from a neck injury he picked up in training is so disappointing for him. We all thought this would be a great way for him to end his career, coming out and getting his 50th cap and contributing to our World Cup career.

“That was something he deserved and had earned given what he had put into that jersey over his career and what he has put in over the last three months.

“It’s just bad luck – it wasn’t even an injury in the session, it was more that at the end of the session he felt pain in his neck. He didn’t recover for two days and we had him scanned on Saturday, to see if there was a bigger issue, which there is.”



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