Alex Allan will tomorrow be ready to turn out for Edinburgh Accies at home to Ayr in the Scottish rugby Premiership determined to distance himself even more from a leg-break which changed his career.
In March, the prop forward, now 21, was nominated for the annual Macphail scholarship to New Zealand just as he was suffering a leg-break while training with Edinburgh.
“I was devastated when a spiral fracture was diagnosed, but there was nothing else to do but get on with things,” he said. “Fortunately no surgery was required.”
By May, Allan had the cast removed and he has now made eight consecutive appearances for Accies as he works his way back to adding to three pro outings.
What will help is if Accies maintain form shown when beating Aberdeen 42-24 last week, comfortably their biggest win of the season.
“It was a good performance, but we did let in a try at the end of each half, so there are things we can iron out, but we are set again to finish top four and get another crack at the British and Irish Cup.
“As for my own displays, I feel I have learned a lot in the past year in terms of reading the game and my strength and speed are better,” added Allan, who will start on the bench for a side expected to lose stand-off Alex Blair for six weeks due to injury, Ruaridh Bonner deputising.
Ayr make two changes from the team which beat Melrose last week. Benn Cogley is at second row and Richard Dalgleish earns a start on the wing.
Elsewhere, the Scottish Cup gets underway tonight with Currie awaiting Biggar and Watsonians entertaining Musselburgh.
’Sonians give last year’s Watson’s College captain, Matt Poole, a home debut at second row while Josh Thomson and Dan Hendry are new to the back row.
Tomorrow, Boroughmuir visit Haddington, Heriot’s go to Livingston and Stewart’s Melville host Murrayfield Wanderers.