Accies bristle at Hugh Blake call-up

Roddy Grant. Pic: Grge Macvean

Roddy Grant. Pic: Grge Macvean

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Edinburgh Accies president John Wright has come out strongly on behalf of Capital flanker and the club’s defence coach, Roddy Grant, who lost out in Scotland squad selection this week to a Scots-qualified Kiwi import who hasn’t played professionally since October.

Accies are at home to Glasgow Hawks tomorrow and, writing on the club’s website, www.edinburghaccies.com, John Wright also had a sideswipe at the fixture list which has resulted in this being Accies’ third-last clash of the season, with only one more outing to come at their Raeburn Place home.

“What does our defence coach Roddy Grant have to do to make that squad?” asks Wright. “He’s had some outstanding games for Edinburgh this season, yet a man (Hugh Blake from Otago) who has never played pro rugby in the northern hemisphere, never mind Scotland, makes it? Ah well – there’s nowt so queer as folk!”

In a reference to the way the international scene dominates the calendar, leaving many outfits with a series of blank weekends once out of the Cup, Wright also notes: “With the Six Nations almost upon us again – we should know that because club rugby becomes intermittent – we start to see the various countries’ squads named.”

At this point Wright commends two recent Accies for their inclusion in the national squad, saying: “We are all very pleased to see Hamish Watson included for the first time along with David Denton.”