Moffat: Proud Of Perfect 10

ImageRob Moffat admits he was very proud to see six Edinburgh backs feature in Scotland's historic win over Argentina in Buenos Aires last month.

Mike Blair captained a back division that contained full-back Hugo Southwell, wingers Chris Paterson and Simon Webster, centre Ben Cairns and stand-off Phil Godman while inside-centre Nick De Luca came off the bench.

And assistant coach Moffat, who takes charge of the backs on a day-to-day basis, says he was pleased to see so many of his players gain recognition.

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Moffat said: "It was very encouraging for Edinburgh that so many of our backs played for Scotland in Argentina, but we are not going to get carried away about where we are in our development.

'scotland beat Argentina with 10 players from Edinburgh in the starting line-up and now it is up to those players to continue that form when the season starts in September."

In terms of pre-season preparation work, Moffat admits that the focus has been on ensuring the players are in peak condition before bringing out the bag of balls and sharpening their rugby skills.

He added: "We have done very little rugby so far; the majority of the work has taken place in the gym.

"We start rugby on 4 August. I think the players will have real focus at that time because then we will have three weeks until we play Wasps. Up until now though, it has all been about fitness and conditioning."

Apart from points machine Paterson, the only other back to be added to the Edinburgh squad over the course of the summer has been full-back/centre Jim Thompson.

And Scotland "A" head coach Moffat welcomed the former Heriot's player into the senior ranks and says Thompson will add extra competition for places.

He said: "Jim is an outstanding young player and we are always on the look-out to bring in quality.

"He is an exciting addition to the squad. I think the whole squad is now very competitive. Lots of quality of players will be vying for the same positions.

"I think Jim will complement the young guys we signed last summer like Mark Robertson, John Houston and Andrew Turnbull.

"Mark had a difficult year because of injury, but showed what he could do during the Churchill Cup while John and Andrew proved their worth to the squad."