Scottish trio ruled out
Scotland team doctor James Robson has confirmed Thom Evans, Chris Paterson and Rory Lamont will miss the rest of the RBS 6 Nations after all suffered serious injuries during the 31-24 defeat against Wales in Cardiff.
Wing Evans was carried off on a stretcher following a sickening collision with Lee Byrne, and the Glasgow man subsequently underwent successful neck surgery at Cardiff University Hospital.
Full-back Paterson, who was winning his 100th cap, had to leave the fray having suffered bruising to his kidney while wing Lamont suffered a medial ligament injury.
Robson told BBC Scotland: "Thom appeared to be tackled from behind with his arms pinned and went into Lee Byrne and had a forced movement to his neck.
"Fantastic credit to the help we got from the Welsh Rugby Union medical staff, we got him to hospital where his condition was assessed he has damaged one of the vertebrae in his neck.
"He was able to talk to us comfortably last night before he went to theatre and the operation was successful.
"Remarkably we will see Thom up and about in a couple of weeks and then it will be a long period of rest and recuperation, but that it the end of his season."