Bates Picks Scotland Six

Six Border Reivers players who were called up to the Scotland squad yesterday have been named in Steve Bates’ starting line-up to play Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup at Netherdale on Sunday 14 January (kick-off 2pm). Simon Danielli, Gavin Kerr, Ross Ford, Bruce Douglas and Kelly Brown all make the grade whilst Reivers captain Calum MacRae, one of the four uncapped players named in the squad, makes his seventh appearance as skipper this season.Six Border Reivers players who were called up to the Scotland squad yesterday have been named in Steve Bates’ starting line-up to play Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup at Netherdale on Sunday 14 January (kick-off 2pm).

Simon Danielli, Gavin Kerr, Ross Ford, Bruce Douglas and Kelly Brown all make the grade whilst Reivers captain Calum MacRae, one of the four uncapped players named in the squad, makes his seventh appearance as skipper this season.

Looking ahead to the Reivers’ last Heineken Cup game in front of a home crowd this season, head coach Bates, said: “We have really enjoyed the experience of this competition and learned a good deal about ourselves and about the skills and conditioning required to be really competitive.”

The Reivers line-up sees three changes to the one that faced Cardiff Blues last weekend. Hooker Ross Ford and prop Bruce Douglas return to the front row whilst National Academy back-row Scott Newlands replaces the injured Scott Gray.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are priced from ?£10 for adults and ?£5 for concessions (u18’s, students and OAPs) and are available by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0131 346 5100, via the Reivers’ website – www.borderreivers.org – or at the ground on the day.

Border Reivers team to play Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup pool six round five match at Netherdale on Sunday 14 January (kick-off 2pm)

15 Calum MacRae * CAPTAIN

14 Simon Danielli
13 Nick De Luca
12 Bryan Rennie
11 Brendon Daniel

10 Gregor Townsend
9 Rob Chrystie

1 Gavin Kerr
2 Ross Ford *
3 Bruce Douglas
4 Stuart Grimes
5 Opeta Palepoi
6 Scott Newlands
7 Andy Miller
8 Kelly Brown *

Substitutes
16 Steve Scott
17 Ed Kalman
18 John Dalziel
19 Richie Vernon
20 Brendan McKerchar
21 Steve Jones
22 Garry Law / Mark Robertson

* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport

NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS)
Senior National Academy (Borders) player Scott Newlands makes his first Heineken Cup start when he runs out for the Border Reivers against Northampton at Netherdale at 2pm on Sunday.

Joining Newlands in the squad are Mark Robertson and Richie Vernon, who is now fully recovered from an elbow injury.

In the final Premiership Division One fixture, Melrose have Junior National Academy (Borders) winger Callum Anderson in their line-up for the home game against Glasgow Hawks, while Bruce McNeil, Graham Hogg and Rory Hutton, could feature for Hawick as they travel up to take on Dundee HSFP. Also in the squad is young prop Nicky Little.

Ryan Grant, who is back after sustaining a head knock, takes his place in the Heriot’s front row as they take on Ayr at Millbrae, while hooker Sean Crombie joins his Aberdeen Grammar team-mates who are on the road to Boroughmuir.

In Premiership two, centre Lee Kibble is included in the Gala team for their crunch match with Biggar at Hartreemill.

In friendly action is back-rower Ross Gibson as Hawick PSA entertain Berwick Colts at Burnfoot, while Michael Tait is hoping for action with Kelso Harlequins who await opposition due to Peebles Colts postponement.

SENIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS) PLAYERS
Apprentice Match
**Sean Crombie Boroughmuir v Aberdeen Grammar
Scott Forrest Injured
**Roddy Grant No match
**Ryan Grant Ayr v Heriot’s
**Graham Hogg Dundee HSFP v Hawick
Lee Kibble Biggar v Gala
James King Injured
**Bruce McNeil Dundee HSFP v Hawick
Scott Newlands Border Reivers v Northampton
**Mark Robertson Border Reivers v Northampton / Melrose v Glasgow Hawks
**Richard Vernon Border Reivers v Northampton

JUNIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS) PLAYERS
Academy player Match
**Callum Anderson Melrose v Glasgow Hawks
**Ciaran Beattie Injured
**Gavin Cameron No match
**Ross Gibson Hawick PSA v Berwick Colts
**Rory Hutton Dundee HSFP v Hawick
**Nicky Little Dundee HSFP v Hawick
**Michael Tait Kelso Harlequins v tbc
**Fraser Thomson Injured
** Member of Area Institute