Jones Returns For Scarlets Clash

Border Reivers head coach Steve Bates has made only one change to the starting line-up that beat Edinburgh, 10-3, almost two weeks ago. Steve Jones will pull on the number 10 jersey for the Magners League clash against European Cup semi-finalists Llanelli Scarlets in place of Gregor Townsend who moves to the bench.Border Reivers head coach Steve Bates has made only one change to the starting line-up that beat Edinburgh, 10-3, almost two weeks ago.

Steve Jones will pull on the number 10 jersey for the Magners League clash against European Cup semi-finalists Llanelli Scarlets in place of Gregor Townsend who moves to the bench.

Speaking ahead of the game, Bates said: “This week has been a difficult time to prepare for a game of competitive rugby, but the response from the players has been extremely professional.

“We are looking forward to playing a strong Llanelli side and the morale in the camp is remarkably high considering.”

Elsewhere in the squad, Craig Hamilton has recovered from an ankle operation and features in the squad for the first time since December.

Border Reivers team to play Llanelli Scarlets in the Magners League at Stradey Park on Friday 6 April (kick-off 7:10pm)

15 Stuart Moffat

14 Dougie Flockhart
13 Ben MacDougall
12 Bryan Rennie
11 Garry Law

10 Steve Jones
9 Chris Cusiter CAPTAIN *

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

Substitutes
16 Steve Scott
17 Ed Kalman
18 Richie Vernon
19 Craig Hamilton
20 Rob Chrystie
21 Gregor Townsend
22 Nick De Luca

* = Member of Scottish Institute of Sport

NATIONAL ACADEMY (BORDERS)
Two National Academy (Borders) players, Scott Newlands and Richie Vernon, take their places in the Border Reivers squad who travel to Wales on Friday night to take on Heineken Cup semi-finalists Llanelli Scarlets in the Magners League.

The four National Academy (Borders) players involved in Scotland’s quarter-final achievement at the Hong Kong 7s move onto Adelaide in Australia for the sixth leg of the IRB Sevens World Series this weekend. Scott Forrest leads the Scotland squad and also included are Roddy Grant, Sean Crombie, Graham Hogg and Callum Anderson.

Scotland Club XV prop Bruce McNeil and Scotland Under 20 centre Rory Hutton are part of the Hawick squad to travel to Edinburgh Accies for the National Cup quarter-final fixture at Raeburn Place.

Prop Gavin Cameron and try-scoring winger Fraser Thomson are included in the Scotland Under 18 squad who open their inaugural RBS 6 Nations U18 Festival campaign against England at Burnbrae on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Today, Hawick’s Nicky Little is included in the Scotland Under 17 squad who take on England Under 17 at the Millfield Tournament. Ross Gibson takes his place in the Hawick 7s squad who participate in the Langholm Junior Sevens event at Milntown on Saturday afternoon.

SENIOR ACADEMY PLAYERS
Apprentice Match
*Sean Crombie Scotland 7s (Adelaide)
Scott Forrest Scotland 7s (Adelaide)
*Roddy Grant Scotland 7s (Adelaide)
*Ryan Grant Injured
*Graham Hogg Scotland 7s (Adelaide)
*Lee Kibble No game
James King No game
*Bruce McNeil Edinburgh Accies v Hawick
Scott Newlands Llanelli Scarlets v Border Reivers
*Mark Robertson Injured
*Richard Vernon Llanelli Scarlets v Border Reivers

JUNIOR ACADEMY PLAYERS
Academy player Match
*Callum Anderson Scotland 7s (Adelaide)
*Ciaran Beattie Injured
*Gavin Cameron Scotland Under 18 v England Under 18
*Ross Gibson Langholm Junior 7s
*Rory Hutton Edinburgh Accies v Hawick
*Nicky Little Scotland U17 Development Squad at Millfield
*Michael Tait Injured
*Fraser Thomson Scotland Under 18 v England Under 18

* Member of Area Institute