Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been ruled out with Edinburgh back-row Magnus Bradbury Known as a replacement.
The Edinburgh suffered a severe knee injury during Sunday’s 27-3 defeat to Ireland within their Pool A opener at Yokohama and will play no part.
Gregor Townsend has now turned into Watson’s team team-mate Magnus Bradbury for pay after a scan confirmed the information the 27-year-old had been dreading.
Watson was discovered letting out a scream just before half-time as he had been caught with Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy.
He was taken and was seen appearing disconsolate about the seat with his brace round his leg.
His World Cup is over although no timescale has yet been set on his comeback period.
Bradbury, who had already travelled to Japan on stand-by as a preventative measure after fellow Edinburgh back-rower Jamie Ritchie suffered a facial injury in the Dark Blues’ final warm-up evaluation, will now join Townsend’s team officially as they gear up to their do-or-die clash with Samoa following Monday.
The reduction to Ireland was a bitter blow to the strategies of Townsend for the championship and he acknowledges losing Watson is just another set-back that is debilitating.
The head coach said:”Even though there’s a high likelihood of picking up injuries during a World Cup, it is always disappointing to see somebody having to go home.
“We believe for Hamish who had worked so hard for this opportunity and wish him well in his recovery.”
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