Glasgow v Edinburgh: return of Darcy Graham is one of seven capital changes for 1872 Cup first leg

Return of winger is one of seven changes Mike Blair has made to starting XV following Challenge Cup victory over Saracens a fortnight ago

Darcy Graham will wear the Edinburgh No14 jersey against Glasgow Warriors tomorrow night. Image: © Craig Watson -
Darcy Graham will wear the Edinburgh No14 jersey against Glasgow Warriors tomorrow night. Image: © Craig Watson -

THE return of winger Darcy Graham is one of seven changes to the Edinburgh team which started in the Challenge Cup win over Saracens a fortnight ago ahead of tomorrow [Monday] evening’s 1872 Cup first leg match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.

Cameron Hutchison comes in for the unavailable James Lang at inside centre, while Jaco van der Walt partners captain Henry Pyrgos at half-back.

In the pack, experienced duo WP Nel and Grant Gilchrist are unavailable, so are replaced by Lee-Roy Atalifo and Jamie Hodgson at tight-head-prop and in the second-row respectively. While Magnus Bradbury takes over Nick Haining (also unavailable) at No 8.

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With Jamie Ricthie, Ben Muncaster, Conor Boyle, Mesulame Kunavula and Viliame Mata (long-term injured) all listed as unavailable, head coach Mike Blair has named two second-rows in Pierce Phillips and Glen Young (set to make is debut) and no back-rows on his bench.

“These games always have something about them,” said Blair. “There is always something to play for, there’s always a story leading into them and we’ve talked about that this week as a group in terms of the history and importance of the derby fixtures.

“They are always emotional games. You are representing the club and the city, while you are pulling on the jersey in a hugely historic fixture. You are also playing for the supporters as well – giving them bragging rights over their rivals.

“We’ve been pleased with the direction that we’ve been heading in, we’ve had some good results, but we also know that we’ve got to be at our very best when we play against anyone in this competition – and the stakes are higher when it is derby game against a team who are in our URC Conference. So, there’s plenty on it – and there always in these games.”


Edinburgh (v Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium, Monday 7pm): E Boffelli; D Graham, M Bennett (VC), C Hutchison, R Moyano; J van der Walt, H Pyrgos (C); P Schoeman, S McInally (VC) L-R Atalifo, M Sykes J Hodgson, L Crosbie, H Watson, M Bradbury. Substitutes: D Cherry, H Courtney, A Williams, J P Phillips, G Young, B Vellacott, C Savala, C Dean.

Unavailable: Connor Boyle, Grant Gilchrist, Sam Grahamslaw, Nick Haining, Damien Hoyland, Henry Immelman, James Johnstone, Blair Kinghorn, Mesulame Kunavula, James Lang, Viliame Mata, Ben Muncaster, WP Nel, Jamie Ritchie, George Taylor, Ben Toolis, Boan Venter

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  1. Darnn, the game’s a bogey. Now Glasgow have announce positive tests too and the game’s off after consultation with the health authorities. Fair enough, but what about concerns over our mental health? I don’t think I can take another viewing of The Holiday or Bridget Jones…

    • Michael : Try doing what I did during lockdown (and quite frequently since) and watch the NZ Schools competitions on YouTube ! The quality of the rugby is scary, and with each squad (and sometimes the entire school) performing their own school Haka before the kick off there’s pride and passion aplenty.
      And these are almost all local authority schools !
      There are even games available showing current/recent AB players as 16-18 year olds – and many of the the games are shown live on prime-time TV.

  2. Good to see our East Coast chums getting their excuses in early.
    In all seriousness I’m looking forward to the game and pretty gutted that I won’t be watching it from the stands. It should be a reasonably close full blooded encounter as they usually are whatever the players taking part. Surprised that Henry is starting given the open free running game Embra are playing this year under Mike Blair. Will it be a Springbokesque pressure game with Henry and Jaco kicking the bejesus out the ball at every opportunity or is this a ploy? I hope it isn’t a kickfest however me thinks the Glasgow back 3 will be prudent practicing their high ball catching.

    • well we didn’t get to see but Pyrgos has been playing ,ore like the player he was at Glasgow. A free running Glasgow side. Wasted at Edinburgh under Cockerill’s play by numbers strategy

  3. Is ‘unavailable’, is code for the C word?
    Severely depleted team sheet suggests it’ll need a big effort against a pretty much full strength GW side.
    Fingers crossed.

    • I think it is Michael. There’s an interview on the BBC Sport website where it says that Covid has caused a bunch of non availabilities. Quite rightly probably, they aren’t saying who has it or who may be injured.

      Anyhoo, I’m still looking forward to the game as that is still a tasty team

    • for some. Of course it doesn’t mean they have covid, perhaps just having to isolate, as Mike Blair is now having to.
      Some are definitely injured though, like Hoyland and Kunivala for certain.

      Still a very strong Edinburgh starting XV. Bench not so much. Barring injuries or one of them being stuffed by his opponet and or the ref, can see Schoeman and Atalifo playing the full game or close to it

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