RAMIRO Moyano is to leave Edinburgh at the end of the current campaign, having made a considerable impact during what has turned out to be his only season with the club. The Argentine international wing is among a group of seven players whose departure was announced this morning, with Nathan Chamberlain, Sam Grahamslaw and James Johnstone being the other new names on the list.
It was already known that Magnus Bradbury and Ben Toolis would be moving on, while George Taylor‘s retirement has been previously announced.
“First and foremost, it’s important to recognise that every player moving on has given their all to the jersey and we wish them the very best in their future rugby careers,” head coach Mike Blair said on the Edinburgh website. “It’s a really difficult job balancing the squad and the budget.
“We can’t keep everyone unfortunately and players move on for different reasons. We hope these players leave with fond memories of the club and feel that they have improved and been challenged.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure coaching them and they’ve all shown great commitment to better themselves and the club since day one. Their contributions both on and off the field cannot be understated and we wish them all the best for the future.”
Moyano made his debut last October after joining from Toulon and has played 13 times for the team. He is currently out of action with a bicep injury. He may have been overshadowed by his countryman Emiliano Boffelli, who is a strong candidate for Edinburgh’s player of the season, but he has still contributed significantly to the new attacking style adopted by Blair this season.
Stand-off Chamberlain, who has made 11 appearances and is currently playing in Super6 with the Southern Knights, has been out of favour since Blair took up the reins and has fallen behind Charlie Savala in the pecking order. He had some impressive performances under Richard Cockerill, having been recruited in 2020 after playing in all five of Scotland’s Under-20 Six Nations campaign.
Grahamslaw, a loosehead prop who has also been capped at under-20 level, has made five appearances. He has also fallen down the pecking order this season.
Johnstone has played 68 times for Edinburgh and has also represented Scotland Sevens. A reliable performer at centre, he has faded out of the picture following the emergence of Matt Currie and Cameron Hutchison.
Bradbury’s summer departure for Bristol was announced earlier this year, as was Toolis’s decision to leave for Japan. Taylor’s retirement on health grounds was announced in January.