Stuart Moffat will return to the Border Reivers’ starting line-up against Heineken Cup champions Munster tomorrow night (Friday 16 February, kick-off 7:30pm). Moffat re-signed for the Reivers last week following a spell with French Top 14 club Castres.Stuart Moffat will return to the Border Reivers’ starting line-up against Heineken Cup champions Munster tomorrow night (Friday 16 February, kick-off 7:30pm).
Moffat re-signed for the Reivers last week following a spell with French Top 14 club Castres.
During the international break this weekend, the Reivers have nine internationalists in their squad to take on Munster who they lost 9-8 to at Thomond Park in the second game of the season.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, head coach Steve Bates said: “We have gone through the whole of January without a game at Netherdale so we are really looking forward to playing on home soil tomorrow.
“The last month has been a tough one as a result of all the travelling we did, but many of our young aspiring professionals have impressed over that period and I think that is reflected in the team selection for this weekend.”
Border Reivers team to play Munster in the Magners League at Netherdale on Friday 16 February (kick-off 7:30pm)
15 Calum MacRae CAPTAIN *
14 Stuart Moffat
13 Ben MacDougall
12 Nick De Luca
11 Simon Danielli
10 Steve Jones
9 Rob Chrystie
1 Ryan Grant
2 Steve Scott
3 Ed Kalman
4 Opeta Palepoi
5 John Dalziel
6 Scott Newlands
7 Andy Miller
8 Scott Gray
16 Ross Ford *
17 Bruce Douglas
18 Richie Vernon
19 Scott Forrest
20 Brendan McKerchar
21 Gregor Townsend
22 Garry Law
* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport
NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS)
Four Senior National Academy (Borders) players are included in the Borders Reivers squad for the visit of the reigning European champions, Munster, to Netherdale on Friday night.
Scott Newlands takes his place in the back row, prop Ryan Grant in the front row, while on the bench is no.8 Scott Forrest, fresh from national sevens duty, and Scotland Under 20 back-rower Richard Vernon.
In Scottish Hydro Electric Super Cup action is Mark Robertson and Junior National Academy (Borders) winger Callum Anderson as Melrose take on Watsonians at Myreside, while to Aberdeen Grammar go Hawick with Graham Hogg, Bruce McNeil, alongside Junior Academy player Rory Hutton. In the home line-up is hooker Sean Crombie.
In Premiership Division Two, Gala welcome back Lee Kibble from the Wellington and Los Angeles sevens as they take on newly-promoted Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place.
All other Junior Academy players, Gavin Cameron, Ross Gibson, Michael Tait and Nicky Little, who will also receive some senior action for Hawick on the Saturday, are in the Borders Under-18 squad who kick off the U18 Inter District Championship at the Greenyards on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
SENIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS) PLAYERS
*Sean Crombie Aberdeen Grammar v Hawick
Scott Forrest Border Reivers v Munster
*Roddy Grant Injured
*Ryan Grant Border Reivers v Munster
*Graham Hogg Aberdeen Grammar v Hawick
*Lee Kibble Edinburgh Accies v Gala
James King Injured
*Bruce McNeil Aberdeen Grammar v Hawick
Scott Newlands Border Reivers v Munster
*Mark Robertson Watsonians v Melrose
*Richard Vernon Border Reivers v Munster
JUNIOR NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS) PLAYERS
Academy player Match
*Callum Anderson Watsonians v Melrose
*Ciaran Beattie Injured
*Gavin Cameron Border Reivers U18 v Edinburgh U18
*Ross Gibson Border Reivers U18 v Edinburgh U18
*Rory Hutton Aberdeen Grammar v Hawick
*Nicky Little Border Reivers U18 v Edinburgh U18
*Michael Tait Border Reivers U18 v Edinburgh U18
*Fraser Thomson Injured
* = Member of Area Institute