RORY DARGE faces an anxious wait to discover the prognosis on a knee injury he suffered whilst playing for Glasgow Warriors during this afternoon’s inter-city defeat to Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
“I think Rory Darge is the important one for us,” said Warriors head coach Franco Smith after the game. “I am heartbroken for the guy. It looks like a little bit more serious an injury – I hope it is not for Scotland and for us – and we’ll have more clarity during the week.
“He tried to steal the ball on our try-line and they just cleaned him from the side, similar to what happened with him at Scotstoun a year or so ago. There is still a lot of medical work to be done around it and we’ll get a better assessment then.”
Asked if he is worried that Darge is facing several months on the sidelines – meaning he would miss out on Scotland’s Six Nations campaign which kicks off in five weeks’ time – Smith replied: “I don’t know. I don’t want to predict. The medical team usually gets really upset if you try to do their work for them. We’ll wait and let everybody do their job and get a good assessment around that.”
If Darge does face a lengthy spell out of action it will be a bitter blow for a player who has established himself as Scotland’s first choice openside flanker and a key member of the national squad despite a series of injury set-backs in his fledgling career. The 23-year-old missed almost all of last season with an ankle injury, which came hot on the heels of the knee injury which curtailed his breakthrough 2021-22 season.
It will also be a big blow to Glasgow, who already have 14 senior players, including fellow back-rowers Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Sione Vailanu and Gregor Brown, on the medium-to-long-term injured list.
“I was just looking through our unavailable list and it looks like a lot of knees, but it is all freak incidents,” added Smith. “We’ve got three collisions now with Rory … it’s just so uncommon.
“It looks like the intensity of the games have really picked up, the will and want to win, and the tightness of the contest. We ask a lot more questions of the opposition and everybody responds, so obviously some of those injuries are very disappointing, but hopefully we will have some of them now starting to come back slowly or surely into the fold.”