Scotland captain Mike Blair has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad in place of the injured Tomas O’Leary.
Sporting life reports that O’Leary was part of the initial 37-man squad named by Ian McGeechan but the 25-year-old was ruled out almost immediately when he fractured his ankle playing for Munster last month.
Blair, meanwhile, joined fellow home nations skippers Steve Borthwick and Ryan Jones in missing out on selection.
McGeechan said: “Sport can be very cruel. One minute Tomas was celebrating his well-earned call-up to the Lions tour to South Africa, the next he is being carried off injured while playing for Munster against Llanelli Scarlets in Cork.
“Unfortunately the injury was a serious one and it ruled Tomas out of the tour. We wish Tomas all the very best for a quick recovery.
“The selectors and I have had plenty of time to review the situation in terms of a replacement scrum half and were in agreement that Mike Blair should replace Tomas. He was on our reserve list for such an eventuality.
“Mike is an excellent addition to the British and Irish Lions squad. As a national captain he is well respected by his peers and his 58 tests for Scotland mark him as a very capable and experienced scrum half.”Tweet