Edinburgh sides complete recruitment for new season

Boroughmuir and Heriot’s, who will both compete in the BT Premiership this year, have completed their player recruitment for the forthcoming season, 2014-15.

The Meggetland club who return to the top-flight division have boosted their squad with players from Gala, Currie and Aberdeen Grammar, among others. 

These include back rowers, Mike Entwhistle and Craig Keddie, prop and hooker Sam Bingham. 

Chris Laidlaw moves from Jed-Forest to Boroughmuir

One of the most notable additions to the squad is the inclusion of Jed-Forest stand-off Chris Laidlaw, son of Scotland cap Roy. 

Boroughmuir head coach, Bruce Aitchison, said: “I'm excited for the challenge of the Premiership, the club is ambitious and we have brought in players to strengthen the squad and give us the best chance to compete.

We really want to get off to a strong start and know that every week will be a stiff and new challenge as we step-up a league.”

At Goldenacre, coach Phil Smith has signed up the services of a series of Scotland’s age-grade players, as well as former Stirling County and Scotland Club International stand-off Stuart Edwards.

Coming in from Scotland under-18 are back-five forward Jamie Ritchie, scrum-half Hugh Fraser and centre Josh Laird.  Also, former Scotland under-20 and recent Club International prop, Struan Cessford returns to Heriot’s from Aberdeen Grammar Rugby.

Smith said: “We’re excited for the new season because we haven’t lost many players and we have been able to add to the squad with a selection of promising young players, which I believe will make us stronger. 

Our aim is to play for a place in the top four of the BT Premiership and we’ll take things from there.” 

The two sides begin their new campaigns at home on Saturday 30 August against Stirling County and Glasgow Hawks respectively, kick-offs 3pm. 

Boroughmuir recruitment for 2014-15

Mike Entwhistle (from Currie), Craig Keddie (from Gala), Sam Bingham (from Aberdeen Grammar), Scott Rodgers (from Preston Lodge), Adam McFarlane, Chris Hardie (both from Murrayfield Wanderers), Jonathan Hamblin (from Stewart’s Melville FP), Chris Laidlaw (from Jed-Forest), Adam Laititi (from Taranaki, New Zealand), Grant McConnell (from Millfield School) and Max McFarland (from Clontarf) and Jack Hamilton (progresses from the club’s under-18s).

Heriot’s recruitment for 2014-15 

Struan Cessford (from Aberdeen Grammar), Ben Cogley (from Ayr), Jake Beecroft (from Australia), Jamie Ritchie (from Howe of Fife), Hugh Fraser (from Merchiston Castle School), Gregor McNeish (from Dunfermline), Stuart Edwards (from Stirling County), Josh Laird (from Kirkcaldy), Charlie Simpson (from Aurillac, France) and Glenn Bryce (from Doncaster Knights).