Feb 3 2012 by Andrew Burns, Dumfries Standard Friday
SCOTLAND star Joe Ansbro has been ruled out of tomorrow’s Six Nations opener against England with a back injury.
The 26-year-old centre has returned to his club side, London Irish, to receive treatment for the knock.
Ansbro missed the Exiles’ Heineken Cup loss at Edinburgh two weeks ago and has failed to recover in time for the Murrayfield clash.
But he could return to the national squad next week after being re-assessed by Scots medical staff.
Scotland lead physiotherapist Paul McGinley said: “Joe came into our camp in St Andrews last week affected by a back injury which will need a longer period of rehabilitation.
“This will be undertaken at his club and he will be re-assessed following the England game.”
The former Gatehouse Primary pupil made his first Six Nations appearance against France last year as Andy Robinson’s side went down 34-21 in Paris.
Ansbro, who has won nine caps for Scotland, scoring 10 points, was one of Scotland’s best players before the 2011 Rugby World Cup and sealed his place with the winning try against Ireland in the warm up matches.
He scored the Scots’ opening try in the win over Romania in the pool stages of the tournament in New Zealand.
Lockerbie’s Nick De Luca, who also missed theHeineken Cup clash for Edinburgh, is in the starting line-up for the England match..