Edinburgh Rugby front-row forwards George Turner and Lewis Niven have been selected in the Barbarians squad for tomorrow night’s remembrance match against the Combined Services (kick-off 7.15pm).
The pair are part of a capital quartet, which has made its way to Plymouth to represent the invitational side, with Heriot’s backs Cammy Ferguson and Colin Goudie also selected to play at Brickfields.
Turner said: “Our forwards coach Stevie Scott asked me a few weeks ago how I would feel about playing for the Barbarians, and I jumped at the chance.
“Since then I’ve had a text from JJ [John Jeffrey] saying how great an experience it will be and all the confirmation emails from the Barbarians to allow me to play. I can’t wait.
The Barbarians have fielded teams containing some of the legends of the game and it’ll be a great feeling to play for them.
“There are some top championship and professional players in the squad and I’m sure it’ll be another step up from what I play week in, week out.
"Hopefully I’ll pick up some experience from the them. It’ll be good fun at a good level.”
The call up is the latest progression for the ever-improving elite development player who has shown impressive form for Heriot’s in the RBS Premiership this season.
The 21-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for capital club, but is keen to use the opportunity in the black and white of the Barbarians to promote himself into the black and red of Edinburgh Rugby.
“I just hope I play well and get noticed,” he added.
“A hip injury set me back quite a bit last year, but since coming back I’ve caught up on my fitness and am stronger than ever before.
“I’ve played 11 or 12 games already, compared to seven all last season, so I’m feeling good and my confidence is picking up from playing games.
"It’s definitely a bonus to be called up and a very good surprise. Hopefully I’ll be able to push on from here and get some game time for Edinburgh Rugby.
“I’m from Edinburgh and that’s who I want to play for.”
Reflecting on his willingness to contribute to the traditional flair style of Barbarians rugby, he added (partly) in jest:
I’ll definitely go out there looking to put a few chips in, or maybe poke a grubber through if it’s on!”
Barbarians squad v Combined Services tomorrow at Plymouth (kick-off 7.15pm)
Forwards: Duncan Bell* (Lydney & England), Chris Dicomidis (Pontypridd & Cyprus), Duane Eager (Llanelli), James Freeman (Loughborough Students), Sacha Harding (Bedford Blues), Craig Hawkins* (Llanelli & Wales U21), Charlie McGowan (Worthing), Lewis Niven (Edinburgh Rugby & Scotland U20), Rhys Oakley (Plymouth Albion & Wales), Laurence Ovens* (Rosslyn Park), Alan Paver (Cornish Pirates), Haydn Pugh* (Carmarthen Quins & Wales U20), George Turner (Edinburgh Rugby & Scotland U20).
Backs: Ruairi Cushion (Plymouth Albion & Ireland Clubs XV), Alex Davis (Loughborough Students), Alex Davies (London Welsh & England U21), Barry Davies (Coventry & Wales), Cammy Ferguson (Heriot's & Scotland), Dai Flanagan (Pontypridd & Wales U21), Colin Goudie (Heriot's & Scotland U20), Chris Mayor (Sale), Tom Riley (Cornish Pirates & Wales U21).