KOBE, 24 Sep - Scotland have been dealt a second major injury blow in the space of 24 hours with scrum-half Ali Price joining flanker Hamish Watson in being ruled out of the rest of Rugby World Cup 2019.
Price, pictured above left, sustained a foot injury after replacing Greig Laidlaw during the second half of Sunday’s 27-3 defeat by Ireland in their opening Pool A fixture.
He was seen on crutches on Monday with his foot in a protective boot and an x-ray has confirmed he will be unable to play in Scotland's three remaining pool games against Samoa, Russia and Japan.
The Glasgow half-back, 26, will be replaced in the squad by experienced Edinburgh scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, who won the last of his 27 caps in November 2017.
Pyrgos was a member of Scotland's initial 44-man World Cup training squad but was one of four released before the start of their warm-up matches. George Horne was the third scrum-half selected in the final 31-man party alongside Laidlaw and Price.
The 30-year-old Pyrgos captained Scotland in a warm-up test against Ireland before the 2015 World Cup - in which he played one match against USA - and again led his country on tour in Japan in 2016.
Can’t wait to get started 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/pueHrTaSss— Ali Price (@AlistairPrice) September 15, 2019
His career was revitalised last season after he joined Edinburgh from rivals Glasgow, establishing himself as first-choice scrum-half for Richard Cockerill's side.
Pyrgos will be available to play against Samoa on Monday 30 September.
Flanker Watson was also forced to head home with a knee injury sustained during the heavy defeat in Yokohama, with Magnus Bradbury replacing him.
“We’re disappointed for Ali to have to return home so early in the tournament," said head coach, Gregor Townsend.
"Ali and Hamish had invested a lot of effort into being in their best physical shape for the World Cup and it's a shame that they've only been involved in one game.
"However we have a lot of belief in our wider group and the two new players (Bradbury and Pyrgos) who have been given this opportunity."