Glasgow pair could boost Scotland’s front-row options


Scotland are set for another NatWest 6 Nations boost as Gregor Townsend’s front-row injury crisis begins to clear.

The jubilant Dark Blues are still in party mood after Saturday’s historic Calcutta Cup victory over England.

Now Townsend is celebrating the news that hooker Fraser Brown and prop Zander Fagerson could step up their comebacks for Glasgow this weekend.

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Fraser Brown has yet to feature in this year’s Six Nations (Paul Harding/PA)

A troubling head injury has kept Brown out of the opening three Championship clashes while Fagerson has made just one substitute appearance for Warriors since injuring his foot last month.

But both players – and Fagerson especially – are now hoping to start for the Scotstoun side against Ulster in Belfast in Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 showdown, with a recall to Townsend’s squad ahead of next week’s trip to Dublin still a possibility.

Glasgow assistant coach Kenny Murray said: “Fraser didn’t play last week but has trained fully this week. Hopefully he should be in contention for Ulster.

“It will be up to Gregor if he rejoins with the national team. We’ll just have to see how he gets on this weekend.

“But he’s obviously a quality player and I’m sure he will be in Gregor’s plans somewhere.

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Gregor Townsend has decisions to make about his front row (Andrew Milligan/PA)

However Murray warned Fagerson he might have a fight on his hands to reclaim his international slot.

He said: “A lot of the chat has been about Scotland not having a lot of cover in the front row but obviously with WP Nel coming back against England and now Zander back too, the picture in the props is a lot brighter.

“But the big stand-out for me from Saturday was Simon Berghan. I thought he did really well at the weekend, so the guys coming back need to find a way into the team.”


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