Richie Gray out of Scotland's Six Nations opener

Scotland will be without Richie Gray for their Six Nations trip to Wales this weekend after it was confirmed he has picked up a calf problem.

The lock had previously been struggling with a long-term back injury and it was hoped he would be fit for the visit to Cardiff on Saturday, but a fresh fitness concern has put paid to his chances.

"Richie Gray has been ruled out of Scotland's NatWest 6 Nations opener v Wales," read a brief statement from Scottish Rugby on Twitter.

"The 64-times capped Toulouse lock will remain in France this week rehabilitating his calf in the hope of joining the squad in the near future."

After the clash with Wales, Scotland host France at Murrayfield on February 11.

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