Scotland Club XV side named for Dalriada Cup decider

Scotland Club XV Head Coach, Rob Chrystie, has made two changes to his starting team to play Ireland Club XV this Friday at Netherdale, Galashiels (kick-off 7.30pm).

The sides will compete for 
the Dalriada Cup, which was first introduced in 2011.

The last two occasions have seen the men in dark blue lift the silverware - 2015 at Netherdale and 2016 at Temple Hill in Ireland.

Their Irish counterparts take a three-point lead into the aggregate decider at Galashiels, as the last encounter saw the Irishmen narrowly claim victory in the final moments of the game at Dubarry Park two weeks ago (26-23).

Back-row Thomas Gordon comes into the team to start on the openside flank, while Jack Turley moves to number 8 to replace the injured Pete McCallum.

George Taylor will start in the centre in place of Robbie Nelson who drops to the bench and Jamie Forbes joins the squad amongst the replacements, while forwards Jonathan Matthews and Hamish Bain could debut if called upon from the bench.

Steven Longwell and Shawn Muir pack down at prop, and Russell Anderson completing the front row at hooker.

Iain Moody once again links up with Robert McAlpine in the engine room, while Blair MacPherson combines with Gordon and Turley in the back-row.

Charlie Shiel and Craig Jackson will pull the strings again through their effective half-back partnership and will feature alongside Taylor and the experienced Ross Curle in the midfield.

In the back-three 
captain Fraser Thomson – who scored two tries against the Irish a fortnight ago – retains the full-back spot with Jordan Edmunds and Craig Gossman on the wings.

Chrystie said: “I think the Irish side were really sharp in the last game and their back-three worked really well together.

“We need to identify opportunities quickly and we need to have the ability to execute those chances as well.

“We will be looking to play with a quicker pace and we will try to put them under a lot more pressure.

“Hopefully we will have a good home crowd at Netherdale to support all the club players who are representing their country.”
 

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Scotland Club XV team to play Ireland Club XV at Netherdale, Galashiels on Friday 16 March (kick-off 7.30pm)

 

15. Fraser Thomson CAPTAIN (Melrose)

 

14. Jordan Edmunds (Boroughmuir)

13. Ross Curle (Stirling County)

12. George Taylor (Melrose)**

11. Craig Gossman (Ayr)

 

10. Craig Jackson (Melrose)

9. Charlie Shiel (Currie Chieftains)**

 

1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)

2. Russell Anderson (Melrose)

3. Steven Longwell (Ayr)

4. Iain Moody (Melrose)

5. Robert McAlpine (Ayr)

6. Blair MacPherson (Ayr)

7. Thomas Gordon (Currie Chieftains) **

8. Jack Turley (Heriot’s)

  

Replacements

16. Jonathan Matthews (Boroughmuir)

17. Nick Beavon (Melrose)

18. Struan Cessford (Heriot’s)

19. Hamish Bain (Currie Chieftains) **

20. Ruairidh Leishman (Stirling County)

21. Murdo McAndrew (Melrose)

22. Jamie Forbes (Currie Chieftains)

23. Robbie Nelson (Currie Chieftains)

 

**BT Sport Academy Stage 3 Player

 

Image: INPHO / Ryan Byrne