Melrose adjusted for new season

Melrose have become the fourth RBS Premiership side to name their personnel appointments for the forthcoming season.

Damien Hoyland joins MelroseWith former player and current under-20 forwards coach, John Dalziel taking the helm for his first season, he welcomes Rob Chrystie, the former Border Reivers and Bath professional, as his backs coach and former Border Reivers and Scotland 7s players Ciaran Beattie as defence coach.

Dalziel opts to hand this year’s captaincy to full-back Fraser Thomson, who returns after a year with Glasgow Warriors. Bruce Colvine and Graeme Dodds as his vice-captains will support him.

Joining the club for the first time, Scotland under-20 winger Damien Hoyland joins-up from Boroughmuir; 20-year-old, utility back Austin Lockington joins from the Western Province Rugby Institute in Stellenbosch; Hartpury College lock James Head moves north of the Border; Todd Pearce a hooker from Sydney comes into the fold and scrum-half Tom Wilson also returns to the side after a year with Kelso.

Furthermore, prop Nick Beavon returns from injury for the new season and scrum-half Scott McCormick moves back to Peebles.

Melrose have also appointed Eugene Murnane, former Kelso head coach and former Scotland prop, Gavin Kerr as their second XV (Melrose Storm) coaches.