• Scotland captain faces three months out with broken fibula
• Ireland confirm three-Test tour to Australia next year
Greig Laidlaw is the latest high-profile player from the home nations to be ruled out of the autumn internationals through injury after Clermont confirmed the Scotland captain has sustained a broken fibula and will be out for up to three months.
Laidlaw sustained the injury on Sunday in Clermont’s Champions Cup win against the Ospreys and further examination has revealed he will be out until well into 2018. The news came 24 hours after George North (knee) and Ben Te’o (ankle) became the latest victims in rugby union’s rising rate of attrition and it means the autumn internationals may begin next month without as many as 10 players named in the British & Irish Lions squad during the summer.