Edp Trio Get Club International Call

A trio of Edinburgh Rugby's elite development players (EDP) have been selected in the Scotland Club International squad for the forthcoming matches against the Irish Wolfhounds and XV of France.

Hamish Watson (back-row, left), Alex Allan and Robin Hislop (props left and right) and Hamish Watson (back-row) join players selected across all ten RBS Premier Division clubs, with two players also selected from the RBS National League.

Hawick stand-off Rory Hutton and Watsonians full-back Rory Steele are the players in question, and join 34 players from Scottish Rugby's top division, with Ayr and Gala (first and second in the Premiership respectively) boasting the highest number of players.

The team will play their Irish counterparts at home and the XV of France away this year, in their search to win both games for the first time.

Last season, the side beat France 25-18 at Millbrae and then just missed out against Ireland 21-26 at the Old Belvedere in Dublin.

Scotland Club International head coach, Phil Leck, said: "I have watched as many Premiership matches as I can on video and the nominations from the clubs have been very positive.

"Coaches across the board have been honest and offered encouraging feedback about all the players we have been looking at.

"We will first work with an extended squad. I will explain my game plan to them and then we will do lots of match scenarios to prepare and see who executes that plan most effectively.

"It is also important to me that the players have freedom to express themselves and play with confidence.

'these matches are a massive honour for the lads and we hope a good crowd will get behind us at Millbrae for our game against Ireland. This squad plays an important part in players development and has has had success in the past, so I hope we can continue building on that.

"I"m really excited about the challenge ahead, coaching an international team is a massive honour. Assistant coach Graeme Young and team manager David Edge have been a big help, so far, with their knowledge and experience."

Millbrae will once again be the Club International's fortress, having won their debut match at the west-coast ground last year, for their home match on Friday 8 March (kick-off 7.30pm) against the Ireland Club International.

The two sides will also compete for the Dalriada Cup for the third time.""

The 2013 Scotland Club International squad:

BACKS: Callum Anderson (Melrose), Ross Curle (Ayr), Jamie Forbes (Currie), Stuart Edwards (Stirling County), Danny Gilmour (Stirling County), Craig Gossman (Ayr), George Graham (Gala), Rory Hutton (Hawick), Dean Kelbrick (Ayr), Max Learmonth (Heriot's), Murray McConnell (Ayr / Glasgow Warriors EDP), Lee Millar (Gala), Craig Robertson (Gala) Rory Steele (Watsonians) and Fraser Thomson (Melrose / Glasgow Warriors EDP).

FORWARDS: Alex Allan (Edinburgh Accies / Edinburgh Rugby EDP), Fraser Brown (Heriot's), Kevin Bryce (Heriot's), Mark Cairns (Currie), Greg Campbell (Edinburgh Accies), Nick Cox (Ayr), Gary Graham (Gala), Jason Hill (Heriot's), Robin Hislop (Boroughmuir / Edinburgh Rugby EDP), Gary Holborn (Melrose), George Hunter (Ayr / Glasgow Warriors EDP), Ewan McQuillin (Gala), Ross Miller (Melrose), Andrew Nagle (Melrose), Luke Pettie (Gala),_ Andrew Redmayne (Dundee HSFP), Grant Runciman (Melrose), Scott Sutherland (Ayr), Jamie Swanson (Boroughmuir), Dan Teague (Edinburgh Accies) and Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Accies / Edinburgh Rugby EDP).

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