The 26-year-old Scottish rugby union player, Hamish Watson is out for the rest of the season. The Edinburgh’s flanker was out of the field last year due to a shoulder injury, but he recovered from it the same year. This year, Watson’s been struggling with the same injury, and the Scottish internationalists won’t be playing with Edinburgh until the end of the season. The rugby player won’t be travelling to the Americas with Scotland’s squad for their summer tour either.
The head coaches of Scotland and Edinburgh, Gregor Townsend and Richard Cockerill, recently discussed Watson’s shoulder injury. The two coaches came to an agreement that it is best for Watson to have shoulder surgery now rather than later.
Cockerill shared with the media that the Edinburgh openside flanker could have continued to play despite the injury. However, Edinburgh needs Hamish in top form for the start of pre-season. “He'll start with us in pre-season and be available for the start of the season, and he'll be fresh and ready to go,” Cockerill said.
At the time being, Edinburgh has three big games ahead of them. On April 6th, they will face Ulster. After that, Edinburgh will next play against the Scarlets and the Glasgow Warriors.
However, the game with Ulster is of the utmost importance right now. Edinburgh’s Cockerill is confident though that Watson’s absence won’t affect the team’s play in any way. He already has some players in mind that could replace Watson in Friday’s face-off with Ulster.
The two Cockerill’s top choices are 21-year-old Jamie Ritchie and 20-year-old Luke Crosbie. As Cockerill explained, “If you want young lads to have experience you’ve got to play and if opportunity arises those guys will play, because they’re good players and they’ve played well for us.”
There’s still time for the Edinburgh’s coach to decide who’d be the best replacement for Watson. The game is on Friday, and a lot of things could change by then. What probably won’t change is the favourite of the leading UK betting sites, and that is Edinburgh. Who do you think will win – Edinburgh or Ulster? Let us know in the comment below.