Press Pass: Derby preview with Blair

Press Pass: Derby preview with Blair

Get the latest from Head Coach Mike Blair as he spoke with press in the build up to Saturday's 1872 Cup decider at BT Murrayfield (21 May, kick-off 6.30pm).

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On the return of Darcy Graham

“Darcy should be back. He’s been moving pretty well and he’s been out training today, so we’ll see how he comes through, but he is looking good at the moment. It was his upper quad but he should be available for selection.

“It was a training ground injury just before the Bath game. It was an injury he had had before, so we were a little bit more cautious with it.

“He has been able to get through training, but like today was not too intense, but he got through today so fingers crossed.”

On players returning from injury

“We’re not too sure about Dave [Cherry] and Stuart [McInally] at the moment. We are biding our time with them.

“Initially the diagnoses was better than we first thought, so there have been some positive noises but we have to just wait and see. We initially thought that was them for the season but they might be back.

“James Lang is back training, so all good and he is back in frame. Muncaster is back available too.

“The only doubts maybe over the hookers. Marshall Sykes is back available again. We are not too sure about Glenn Young.”

On the 1872 Cup derby

“It is a funny one to try and balance. It is a really big game for the spectators as it always is. There is probably more hanging on this one than there has previously been.

“I just hope it is a really good game of rugby. We will have a really good crowd here I am sure. I want our guys to go out and enjoy the experience.

“What I have tried to go out and push since coming here is the enjoyment, playing with your mates and going for the same goal and being driven for the club and the city.

“We have had conversations of how big a game it is but at the same time I don't want it to be the main focus for the week. I want it to be performing for Edinburgh.”

On the form of Emiliano Boffelli

“He has been excellent and grown as the campaign has gone on. His English is getting a lot better and that helps with his conversation with his team mates on the pitch, with pitch coverage, details of plays, etc.

“He is really confident and is an important player for us and his goal kicking has been excellent. His high ball work in particular and he has a knack of being in the right place at the right time.

On the departure of Ramiro Moyano

“He signed a one-year contract with us and we had to make a decision fairly early on in the season about him because of the balance and make-up of the squad we’ve got. So, we probably made that decision, unfortunately for him, a little bit early because he’s been extremely impressive on and off the pitch.

“He’s got a great relationship with all the players. The players love the way he just gets on with things. His last game, he’d hurt his bicep and tried tackling with one shoulder because that’s the kind of guy he is – he was on the pitch and wanted to the best for his team-mates.

“It is unfortunate that we’ve not been able to hold onto him because he’s been excellent for us.”

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