New Currie rugby coach Ben Cairns has swung the axe as he bids to get the Malleny Park side back on track at home to Edinburgh Accies following a 22-60 thrashing at Gala.
Currie leaked ten tries, all to backs, and Cairns has been quick to take advantage of the release of three pros from Glasgow: centre James Downey, hooker Kevin Bryce and second row Tom Ryder.
Ryder starts on the bench. Cairns said: “James Downey comes straight into the starting team and we are sure the likes of Matt McPhillips, who makes way, will learn a lot from having him around the squad. We will look for Tom Ryder to make a real impact from the bench as he makes his way back from injury, while Marko Mladenovic gets his first start for the club with Mike Vernel moving into the second row.
“Both Gary Temple and Adam Alexander are very unlucky to miss out on selection and that is testament to the strength of our squad.
“We were obviously very disappointed with the level of performance produced last time out and we are determined to put things right against Accies, who will be desperate to get their first win.”
Accies coach Phil Leck is wary of a backlash from Currie in making five changes from the team beaten at home by Boroughmuir.
Jack Marples takes over from Josh Pecqueur on the wing while, up front, David Bates is preferred at hooker and Kiwi Jamie Winks gets a run on the flank.
Recovered from illness and injury respectively are Ed Stuart (second row) and Lewis Niven (prop).
Leck, who accused his side of lacking “dog” last time out, said: “Last week’s performance was disappointing and we have worked well to improve in key areas. Currie will be hurting and are a different team on their own patch.”
Dangerman for Accies could be Sam Pecqueur, who has scored a try in each of the opening two weekends.
Heriot’s entertain unbeaten Stirling and coach Phil Smith is urging a spirited display to send second row Murray Douglas off to Australia on Monday.
Despite winning at Hawick there are Heriot’s changes which see Davy McGregor come in at hooker for the injured Blair Couper while Ben Toolis is released by Edinburgh to play second row.
In a back division reshuffle, Keith Buchan vacates the full-back slot so that Irishman Charlie Simpson can play at the back with Colin Goudie introduced out wide where he will also provide back-up goal kicking. Dropping out is Max Learmonth.
Stirling have Scotland rookie Adam Ashe released by Glasgow at No. 8.
The introduction of Edinburgh stand off Carl Bezuidenhout gives a fascinating twist to Boroughmuir’s visit to champions Melrose.
At some stage, Bezuidenhout could link up with fellow South African Charlie Purdon who has just arrived and starts on the bench alongside the evergreen centre Malcolm Clapperton.
But as one Capital professional arrives, so Neil Cochrane returns to the Edinburgh set-up and Cal Davies reclaims the hooking berth.
In National League Division One, Watsonians and Stewart’s Melville visit, respectively, Marr and GHA.
StewMel president Colin Rigby said: “Fraser Strachan replaces Andrew Manson at scrum half and Hugh Lindsay hooks after being on the bench while Adam Howie and Ryan Lambert swap positions in the back row and we welcome Seb Trotter back into the squad.”