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Murray returns to Scotland fold

Prop Euan Murray has joined up with the Scotland squad ahead of Saturday's visit of France after missing the opening three RBS 6 Nations matches.

The 33-year-old had been in danger of missing the whole tournament after cutting his thumb while chopping wood at a barbecue with his Worcester team-mates.

The experienced tighthead was still battling back from a leg problem picked up in November, during which he won his 58th cap against Australia.

Edinburgh half-backs Sean Kennedy and Harry Leonard also trained with the squad on Monday.

Kennedy returned to the Edinburgh side just before the hour mark of their victory over Ospreys on Friday night.

The scrum-half had spent the previous month on loan at London Irish, who called him in as emergency cover, with Edinburgh using the deal to help the 22-year-old complete his return to full fitness and match sharpness following a knee injury.

Stand-off Leonard, who is 21, has made 36 appearances for Edinburgh and is a former Scotland Under-20 international.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed it will submit a formal bid to host the World Cup Sevens in 2018.

Scotland are joined by USA, England, South Africa, Wales, Portugal, Singapore, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands, Fiji and Hong Kong in expressing interest in staging the event ahead of the December 5 deadline for formal bids.

Murrayfield hosted the inaugural event in 1993.


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