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Nel out of Scotland squad

SQUAD UPDATE: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has called up four players to his squad ahead of their Six Nations Round Four clash against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

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Those four players are tighthead prop Javan Sebastian, loosehead Rory Sutherland, lock Marshall Sykes and scrumhalf Jamie Dobie.

The Scotland camp also confirmed that three players have been dropped ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

One of them is South African-born prop WP Nel, who was in action for Edinburgh in the United Rugby Championship this past weekend.

Sione Tuipulotu, who has a knee injury, and lock Alex Craig are the other two players out of the squad.

Tuipulotu leaves a huge hole in Scotland’s midfield for the remaining two rounds of the Six Nations after sustaining his injury in the Calcutta Cup win over England.

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His Glasgow head coach Franco Smith recently revealed that the centre is set to be sidelined for over two months.

“He’s going to be out 10-12 weeks, maybe even quicker, but we are conservative with it,” Smith said. “No operation is needed, which is important.”

Additional reporting: @RugbyPass

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