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Ritchie cleared to join Scotland squad in Japan

AFP

London (AFP) -

Edinburgh flanker Jamie Ritchie will belatedly join Scotland's World Cup squad in Japan after recovering from a facial injury.

The 23-year-old stayed behind when his team-mates flew to the far east on Monday after sustaining a deep wound to his face during last Friday's 36-9 final warm-up win over Georgia at Murrayfield.

Ritchie underwent further specialist assessment but the Scottish Rugby Union says he is fit enough to travel and will join the rest of the squad at their training camp in Nagasaki on Thursday.

Magnus Bradbury, who was called up as a temporary replacement, will remain with the squad in Japan as precautionary injury cover.

Scotland open their World Cup campaign against Ireland on September 22, with Japan, Samoa and Russia their other Pool A opponents.