Boroughmuir Rugby have re-appointed new Zimbabwe internationalist Andy Rose as their captain for this season with coach Bruce Aitchison remarking: “Andy has the total dedication and enthusiasm for what we are trying to do at the club. He shares values with the new coaching team and has total respect from all.”
Edinburgh Accies’ pool in the British and Irish Cup will be completed by the winners of a play-off between Cardiff and Pontypridd after the Welsh began to finalise their entries. Other opponents are London Scottish and London Welsh.
Tomorrow’s Premiership draft of pro players will have an intriguing twist after uncapped Edinburgh back row Stuart McInally agreed to switch to hooker. With Ross Ford, Steve Lawrie, Alun Walker, George Turner and Tongan summer signing Aleki Lutui on Capital books it is hard to see McInally, an unused Scotland sub against the Springboks last year, getting many opportunities at Murrayfield and may need Premiership exposure to hone new skills.
McInally said: “I think if I can master the skills of throwing and scrummaqging I can add value to the pack.”
Last month he told the Evening News he was looking forward to taking on board advice as to why he missed the Scotland summer tour and testing himself against current Scotland flanker Al Strokosch in the forthcoming European Cup.”
Former Bath star Jack Cuthbert is hoping new club Edinburgh will use him at centre in the coming season.
Cuthbert, capped by Scotland in a World Cup warm-up game against Ireland two years ago is more used to playing full back or wing but says: “I’d love to factor in playing a bit more infield either in the centre of maybe going as far as stand off. I would like to move a bit closer to the action.”