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Danielli shrugs off the risks of serious injury

Simon Danielli insists he was no more worried about suffering the type of injury that has ended Scotland team-mate Thom Evans' season than being hit by a bus.

Ulster wing Danielli has been charged with replacing the stricken Evans in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations game against Italy.

Glasgow star Evans underwent double neck surgery after suffering a serious injury in the defeat to Wales.

Fellow back-three stars Chris Paterson and Rory Lamont's tournaments were also ended after both were hurt in the same game but it is the potentially career-threatening nature of Evans' condition that has caused most concern.

“Both Thom's and Chris' injuries were pretty innocuous,” Danielli said.

“They didn't really look like that much and they're obviously both very severe. But that's the nature of playing rugby.

“It's the same in every-day life. Old cliche, you could get run over by a bus.

“It's part and parcel of the game; you just hope it doesn't happen to too many people.

“It's nice to be included but obviously that's come about on the back of some fairly severe injuries to what I consider good friends and team-mates.”

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