Nel misses November Tests

Tighthead prop WP Nel has been ruled out of Scotland’s squad for next month’s autumn internationals with Australia, Argentina and Georgia because of a neck injury.

The absence of the South-African born Nel, 30, was the main surprise in the 31-man squad named on Tuesday by coach Vern Cotton.

Nel played 65 minutes in Edinburgh’s win over Harlequins on Sunday after missing games through a neck complaint.

Another Edinburgh player, Rory Sutherland, is also ruled out through injury, but the squad includes five players from the English Premiership despite a row over funding that led the clubs to vote to stop them appearing for their country.

Captain Greig Laidlaw, Moray Low, Duncan Taylor, Sean Maitland and Tim Visser have all been included for the games against Australia, Argentina and Georgia.

The dispute — which is also threatening to withhold English based players from Samoa, Italy and Tonga —arose over an outstanding injury bill with Premiership Rugby Ltd.

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