Darcy Graham injury could be “long-term”, Sean Everitt fears

Capital club will have eight Scotland squad members available for Friday night's crucial URC game at home to Ospreys

Darcy Graham
Darcy Graham is all but certain to miss the rest of the Six Nations and may not be able to return to action with Edinburgh for some time. Image: Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH coach Sean Everitt has admitted he cannot be certain of seeing Darcy Graham back in an Edinburgh jersey before the end of the season.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend revealed last week that the winger had suffered a new groin injury in training, just as he seemed ready to return to action after recovering from an earlier quad injury. And today Everitt explained that, while he has not ruled out all hope of a return relatively soon, he fears that the 26-year-old’s latest setback is a “long-term” one.

After revealing that he will have eight members of Scotland’s Six Nations squad available for the URC match at home to Ospreys on Friday night, Everitt admitted that things were not looking good for Graham. “We’d like to see him in the latter part of the season, but from what I can gather it will be a long-term injury,” he said. “We’ve been waiting for him to see the surgeon and get an opinion from the orthopaedics. He hasn’t had the opportunity to see the guy yet and he’ll see him this week.


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“What’s important is that we give Darcy every opportunity to fully recover from the injuries that he’s had over the last 12 months. He’s really struggled. He’s a player that’s 26 years old, so to keep pushing him is probably not going to be ideal for him and his career going forward. We’ll give him however long it takes to fully recover from all his niggles that he’s struggled with.”

The octet who can play against Ospreys are: tighthead props WP Nel and Javan Sebastian, locks Glen Young and Sam Skinner, openside Hamish Watson, scrum-half Ali Price, stand-off Ben Healy and full-back Harry Paterson. Watson was only called up by Townsend last week after being a surprise omission from the initial squad for the Championship, and tighthead prop Sebastian dropped out of the squad at the same time.

Notwithstanding their lack of game time with Scotland, those two offer could offer vital contributions all the same in a game which may well have a bearing on the race for the top-eight play-off places. However, given his lack of resources in the second row, Everitt understandably focused on the return of Skinner, who along with Healy came off the bench in Saturday’s victory over England.

“It certainly does help us, especially in the lock department where both last week and in the previous game we had two out,” Everitt said. “So we’re getting experience back there – Sam Skinner is a seasoned campaigner, played a lot of Test matches, so it’s great to get him back for a game which is important to us here at home. And it’s always good to get Ben Healy back, who played well in the previous game.”

 

 

Everitt was at Murrayfield to see the Calcutta Cup triumph, and was especially enthused by the man-of-the-match performance from Edinburgh winger Duhan van der Merwe. “We were very happy with Duhan,” he added. “For him to get a hat-trick was really pleasing and we’re delighted for him. He’s scored a lot of tries for us as well, and every time he has worn the Edinburgh jersey he’s played with the same passion as he has for Scotland. So I’m just pleased for him.

“I was at the game. It was an incredible atmosphere. I love coming to Murrayfield to watch Test rugby. I was here at the Georgia game when there was nothing on, it was just a friendly, and the atmosphere was amazing. But this weekend against England was something that I haven’t experienced before, so I thoroughly enjoyed my day.” 

Fifth-placed Edinburgh have won seven games from 10 starts in the URC – one more than the Ospreys – but are only a point ahead of their Welsh rivals because of bonus points. “It’s something we’re working on,” the coach continued.

“We’re not happy with our completion of line breaks and tackle breaks that we’ve had in the competition. We’re in the top three for line breaks, so obviously there’s a completion issue.

“It’s just about being more patient with the ball in hand, especially when we get into the area about 10 metres out – we’ve got to be more clinical there. It’s something we got right against Scarlets, but let it slip against Zebre because we had opportunities there.

“Bonus points are costing us at the moment – if you look at the number of wins all teams have won similar – it’s the bonus points that are the difference. This game against Ospreys is also about us denying them a bonus point because they are on our heels. If we can get five and deny them we’ll go six clear of them, which is one less [team] to worry about in the short term.”


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3 Comments

  1. After the last couple of years, he definitely needs time to heal as fully as he can. He’ll be missed and very welcome when he returns.

  2. Agreed. Sadly we might best writing him off for the rest of this season so he can get his body right and really attack next season with, hopefully a lions tour at the end of it!

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  3. Really worrying to read tbh. Graham is in my opinion our most talented winger. Obviously VDM is taking the headlines now and I love the guy, but a fit Darcy Graham is a more rounded player and almost as lethal a finisher.

    Good luck wee man, hopefully back soon!

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