Scotland hopeful that Darcy Graham will be back for final two rounds of Six Nations

Rory Sutherland confirms Glasgow Warriors move

Darcy Graham is hopeful of making an appearance for Scotland during this Six Nations campaign. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Darcy Graham is hopeful of making an appearance for Scotland during this Six Nations campaign. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE Scotland coaching team is hopeful that winger Darcy Graham, who missed the first two rounds of this Six Nations campaign with a quad injury and will not play against England on Saturday due to a groin issue, will return to action for the final two rounds of the championship away to Italy on 9th March and Ireland on 16th March.

“Darcy had started back with Edinburgh, and we were very happy about that. But he’s picked up a bit of a groin niggle at the moment so he’s just nursing that. We’ll see how that goes,” said scrum coach Pieter de Villiers earlier today.

“We’ve got another fallow week so that will hopefully give him enough time and then we’ll just assess things from there.”


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Meanwhile, de Villiers welcomed the news that another Hawick man, Rory Sutherland, will return to play club rugby in Scotland next season after the 31-times capped loose-head prop confirmed that his long speculated move from French Top 14 side Oyannax to Glasgow Warriors is a “done” deal.

“It’s always good to have our players in our system here in Scotland and it’ll be good for him to be closer to his family as well,” he said.

“I speak to him often, I spoke to him on Monday. It can be tricky in France when you don’t speak the language and the loose-head of Oyonnax is also the captain [Tommy Raynaud] so sometimes Rory doesn’t get as much game-time as he wants.

“But he’ll be playing this weekend and we’ll be in close contact and hoping to see him do well.”

Sutherland, who missed out on selection for this Six Nations campaign because the Scotland coaching team wanted him to work on building his form at club level, revealed that he will make the Scotstoun switch this summer on Le French Rugby Podcast.

“It hasn’t worked out for me, or Tammy [Sutherland’s wife] and the kids. We did all want to come up together and experience it together, but we’ve struggled to find a house,” explained the 31-year-old, when discussing his time in France since agreeing terms with Oyannax following last Autumn’s World Cup.

“We’re not going to upset the boys and take them out of school and change their schooling for the sake of four months. Now that the Glasgow thing is done as well, I’m pretty happy just to battle on for the next three or four months.”

Asked about missing out on this Six Nations, Sutherland explained: “He [Gregor Townsend] just said ‘you haven’t played enough and when you have played, we haven’t seen you at your best’, which is fair enough. I understand. There’s no point throwing the toys out of the pram.

“It’s frustrating and yes, I was pissed off for a couple of days, but got over it. I just have to get my head down and try and get as many minutes as I can in the tank, and hope that the coaches think that that’s enough to get back in.”


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3 Comments

  1. Interesting to note that we are playing Italy twice and not Ireland great idea !… typo at start .. 🤣
    Cheers

  2. Easy finish for the 6 nations for Scotland if we’re playing Italy on the 9th and then again on the 16th, anybody told the Irish we cannot play them as we’ve an easier game !!!

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