NEWS | Graham makes Scotland debut in Cardiff

Darcy Graham became the 1098th player to represent Scotland as the 21-year-old took the field in the 73rd minute of minute of Saturday’s Doddie Weir Cup defeat to Wales.

The winger – who in the process became Hawick RFC’s 61st Scotland internationalist – was one of ten Edinburgh players to represent the national side as they suffered a 21-10 defeat at the Principality Stadium.

As both unions and the rugby community came to together to support Doddie Weir’s Foundation (My Name’5 Doddie Foundation) and its efforts to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease, the match was a showcase of domestic talent as a Scottish side made up entirely of Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors players came close to kick-starting the 2018 Autumn Tests with their first victory on Welsh soil since 2002.

An all Edinburgh front-row of WP Nel, Stuart McInally – who skippered the side for the second time in his career – and Allan Dell gave Scotland a solid foundation in which to attack from as Gregor Townsend’s side trailed by just 14 points at half-time.

McInally grabbed Scotland’s only try of the contest as he finished a patient lineout drive on the 35st minute. The Edinburgh captain – who’s score was his fifth in 19 appearances for the national side – was the man to finish the well-executed set-piece move, which gave Scotland a fighting chance heading into the break. [14-10].

With Ben Toolis in the second-row, and Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson in the back-row, the Edinburgh pack’s mentality was evident throughout the contest in Cardiff as they pushed Wales close in an evenly contested second-half.

Blair Kinghorn started the match at fullback in the absence of Scotland star Stuart Hogg and the 21-year-old didn’t put a foot wrong as he covered every inch of the Principality’s vast turf throughout the 80 minutes.

Elsewhere, Grant Gilchrist and Simon Berghan both saw game time from the bench as Scotland pushed for a late score, before ultimately falling just short. Gregor Townsend's side now prepare to face Fiji at BT Murrayfield this Saturday 10 November (kick-off 2.30pm).

Read the full match report from Scotland’s 21-10 defeat to Wales at the Principality Stadium.