It’s comeback day tomorrow for one of Edinburgh Rugby’s injured stars with international utility back Tom Brown listed to turn out for Boroughmuir at Gala.
Brown, capped on tour by Scotland against Australia two years ago, has been sidelined since the penultimate match of last season when he damaged knee ligaments against Munster at Meggetland. A sound performance could see him fast-tracked to European action and ’Muir will field their fourth stand-off in seven outings when Dubai-educated Greg Cannie, who turned down the chance to play for UAE, lines up.
Returning to the back row against league leaders Gala is Zimbabwe cap Andy Rose with Simon Berghan again released by Edinburgh to play prop.
Gala are also reinforced by Edinburgh signings: US Eagles winger Brett Thompson and prop Rory Sutherland, who will be making a first appearance back on familiar territory since debuting in the PRO12.
Heriot’s put their credentials on the line at champions Melrose. Debuting for Heriot’s in place of injured skipper Jack Turley is 26-year-old Jono Armstrong, a blindside flanker from Waikato, New Zealand.
Further reinforcing Heriot’s is full-back Glenn Bryce, who has returned from playing with English Championship side Jersey to join Glasgow on a development contract.
Mindful of the pace supplied by ex-Aurillac and Ebbw Vale star Charlie Simpson and sevens cap James Fleming on the other wing, Heriot’s coach Phil Smith said: “Our back three has a very strong look.”
Also recalled is French prop Nathan Borel.
For Melrose, Pete Eccles turns out in the back row against his old club and coach John Dalziel said: “Heriot’s for the first time in a while will come as firm favourites. It’s our turn to adopt the underdog mentality.”
Edinburgh Accies look to be closing in on their first league win and the latest opportunity comes at Glasgow Hawks where rugby league cap Matt Couper returns as part of a back line featuring Ruairidh Young who, against Gala last weekend, became only the second BT Premiership player this season to bag a hat-trick of tries.
Hawks include Scotland and Glasgow flanker Tyrone Holmes. Currie are away to Ayr while, in the National League, Stewart’s/Melville give call-ups to winger Matt Hannay and scrum-half Andrew Manson for the trip to Kelso.
In line to make a Watsonian debut at Biggar is Jonny Baird, former Scotland age-group back row and son of Scotland grand slam winger, Roger.