DUN­CAN SUF­FERS IN­JURY BLOW

Former Cam­bus man rel­e­gated to the side­lines for six weeks

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang man Dun­can Weir suf­fered a ma­jor set-back in his quest for more game time af­ter frac­tur­ing his jaw.

The Ed­in­burgh stand- off faces a lengthy time on the side­lines fol­low­ing a clash of heads with Mun­ster’s CJ Stander in a Guin­ness PRO12 28-14 de­feat last month.

Dun­can, 25, who made the move along the M8 in the sum­mer from Glas­gow War­riors, was in search of more time on the pitch due to team­mate Finn Rus­sell’s good form.

But the former Cam­bus­lang RFC player could be out for as long as six weeks and is likely to miss Scot­land’s Au­tumn tests.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the Re­former, Dun­can said: “I man­aged to frac­ture my jaw against Mun­ster a cou­ple of weeks ago.

“Once we got home that night I just went straight to the hos­pi­tal and was taken up to get surgery the day af­ter.

“It’s one of these things when you play a con­tact sport and big men run at you down the chan­nel, you need to stop them one way or an­other.

“The sur­geon said it could be about six weeks but he’s not putting a length of time out on it.

“He said I’ve got a lot of good things com­ing my way and I’m young as well so hope­fully my bones will heal up nice and quick.”

Dun­can has set­tled in well at Ed­in­burgh and is en­joy­ing life in the city af­ter mov­ing in to a flat with his fi­ancé.

But his side’s start to the sea­son has not gone to plan af­ter los­ing four of the past six matches in the Gui­ness PRO12 whilst their man­ager Alan Solomons stepped down as boss.

Ed­in­burgh sit ninth but will take a break from league busi­ness with a game against Timisoara Sara­cens on Satur­day in the Euro­pean Rugby Chal­lenge Cup.

The Scot­land in­ter­na­tional said: “It’s been a good tran­si­tion. Me and my fi­ancé are liv­ing here now and we’re re­ally en­joy­ing the city to live in but I’ve moved over here to win games of rugby and we’ve not done that so far.

“We know what to do on the rugby field and I be­lieve we will get the re­sults in our favour.

“I’m just dis­ap­pointed I’m cur­rently in­jured af­ter the tran­si­tion of a new coach and I can’t do any­thing to help them on a match day apart from cheer them on from the stands.

“We know that it is not ma­jor is­sues that are stop­ping us get­ting the re­sults that we want, it will take a bit of pa­tience and hard work and we’ll get over the line. I firmly be­lieve that.”

And while trav­el­ling the coun­try with his new team­mates, Dun­can has still not for­got­ten his home­town club and has kept an eye on their im­pres­sive start to the sea­son.

He re­vealed this week he had went to col­lege with head coach Jamie Seery who has led Cam­bus­lang to six wins in a row in the BT West Di­vi­sion 2.

“I’ve seen on Face­book they’ve made a good start.

“I ac­tu­ally went to col­lege with Jamie so I know him fairly well. It’s great to see them win­ning games.

“I know a lot of the faces from when I was play­ing but it is al­ways nice to look back into your roots and home con­nec­tions to see they are hav­ing a good start to the sea­son.”

In­jured Former Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club man Dun­can Weir (main) and off-pitch at Mur­ray­field

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