Lions Roar Into Dragons Den

Border Reivers captain and British & Irish Lion Chris Cusiter, will continue on his mission to feature in the Scotland line-up in this seasons RBS 6 Nations Championship when he leads the Reivers out against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League tomorrow night (Friday 26 January, kick-off 7:30pm).Border Reivers captain and British & Irish Lion Chris Cusiter, will continue on his mission to feature in the Scotland line-up in this seasons RBS 6 Nations Championship when he leads the Reivers out against Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League tomorrow night (Friday 26 January, kick-off 7:30pm).

Cusiter, was ruled out of action for up to four months after suffering a shoulder injury whilst representing his country in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test against the Pacific Islanders.

However, his hard work with the Borders and Scotland medical staff has paid off and he will return to the fray after only a nine week absence.

Commenting on today’s news, head coach Steve Bates said: “It’s good to welcome Chris back from injury this week and it’s slightly earlier than expected, which is good news.

”It’s going to be a tough game against an experienced Newport Gwent Dragons side, but our younger players are really looking forward to the challenge.”

Cusiter will line-up alongside fellow British & Irish Lion Gregor Townsend who starts at stand-off.

Meanwhile, five Senior National Academy (Borders) players feature in Steve Bates’ squad with Scotland 7s captain Scott Forrest getting his first start for the Borders.

Border Reivers team to play Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League at Rodney Parade on Friday 26 January (kick-off 7:30pm)

15 Calum MacRae

14 Simon Danielli
13 Nick De Luca
12 Ben MacDougall
11 Garry Law

10 Gregor Townsend
9 Chris Cusiter CAPTAIN

1 Ryan Grant
2 Ross Ford
3 Bruce Douglas
4 John Dalziel
5 Opeta Palepoi
6 Scott Newlands
7 Andy Miller
8 Scott Forrest

Substitutes
16 Steve Scott
17 Ed Kalman
18 Richie Vernon
19 Roddy Grant
20 Rob Chrystie
21 Steve Jones
22 Dougie Flockhart

NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS)
Five Senior National Academy (Borders) players are included in the Border Reivers squad to face the Dragons on Friday night.

No. 8 Scott Forrest makes his Magners League debut alongside prop Ryan Grant, and blindside flanker Scott Newlands, while on the bench are flanker Roddy Grant and no.8 Richie Vernon.

Included in the Scotland 7s squad who travel to Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday are Lee Kibble, Sean Crombie, Scott Newlands, Scott Forrest and Mark Robertson, alongside scrum-half Calum Cusiter.

It’s back to the Scottish Hyrdo Electric Super Cup for Melrose and Hawick. Melrose, at home to Dundee HSFP, include Junior National Academy (Borders) winger Callum Anderson, while in the Hawick line-up at Meggetland against Boroughmuir are Senior National Academy (Borders) players, prop Bruce McNeil and centre Graham Hogg alongside Junior Academy centre Rory Hutton.

It’s take-two in the knock-out stage of the Youth League Cup at Dunbar on Sunday for Hawick Wanderers where they will meet Howe of Fife. Junior Academy prop Gavin Cameron is included in the Teries front-row. Back-rower Ross Gibson and prop Nicky Little get more senior action for Hawick 2nds against Melrose 2nds, while centre Michael Tait takes his place for Kelso Harlequins against Livingston.

SENIOR ACADEMY PLAYERS
Apprentice Match
**Sean Crombie Scotland 7s
Scott Forrest Dragons v Border Reivers/Scotland 7s
**Roddy Grant Dragons v Border Reivers
**Ryan Grant Dragons v Border Reivers
**Graham Hogg Boroughmuir v Hawick
**Lee Kibble Scotland 7s
James King Injured
**Bruce McNeil Boroughmuir v Hawick
Scott Newlands Dragons v Border Reivers/Scotland 7s
**Mark Robertson Scotland 7s
**Richard Vernon Dragons v Border Reivers

JUNIOR ACADEMY PLAYERS
Academy player Match
**Callum Anderson Melrose v Dundee HSFP
**Ciaran Beattie Injured
**Gavin Cameron Hawick Wanderers v Howe of Fife (Dunbar on Sunday)
**Ross Gibson Melrose 2nds v Hawick 2nds
**Rory Hutton Boroughmuir v Hawick
**Nicky Little Melrose 2nds v Hawick 2nds
**Michael Tait Kelso Harlequins v Livingston
**Fraser Thomson Injured

** = Member of Area Institute