Currie relief as injury fears ease

Currie coach Ally Donaldson.  Picture: Ian Rutherford
Currie coach Ally Donaldson. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Currie coach Ally Donaldson is hopeful his side’s fortunes have taken a turn for the better after medical checks on two players injured last weekend showed the damage was not as bad as first feared.

“Michael Vernal was knocked out and all precautions were taken during the game against Heriot’s but it turns out he has a stiff neck.

“And Malcolm Peacock’s suspected broken leg has turned out to be ligament damage which will keep him out for 4-6 weeks,” said Donaldson ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aberdeen where Currie are hoping for their first win at the sixth attempt.

He added: “We have, however, resigned ourselves to losing Isaac Miller for a few weeks after he was diagnosed with concussion.”

Meanwhile, Heriot’s will name an unchanged team for the first time this season when they welcome Edinburgh Accies for a match that forms the centre-piece of a “fill the terracing” promotion.

n EDINBURGH RUGBY have taken further steps to try to ensure competitiveness when the representative season comes around and Scots players depart. The signing of Kiwi pro Mike Coman is the 15th non-Scots qualified player on the books including an Argentinian trialist. Coman, who is expected to arrive next month, will cover the back-row positions.

“All the research I’ve done tells me that it (Edinburgh) is a club on the rise, and I can’t wait to get involved,” said Coman in a statement released by Edinburgh.

By the time of Coman’s arrival Edinburgh can expect to have hooker Aleki Lutui available after the Tongan was banned for two weeks following a citing.

An independent disciplinary panel, meeting in Dublin, decided that Lutui had been guilty of recklessness rather than intent to injure when he caught Ospreys flanker Tom Smith with a high arm.