Hamish Watson is set for a double shift this weekend.
The flanker’s debut run for Heriot’s in a third round BT Scottish Cup tie at Currie’s Malleny Park tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) is expected to follow an outing off the bench for Edinburgh against Glasgow tonight.
Heriot’s coach Phil Smith says: “The plan is for Hamish to work his way back to fitness after a broken jaw and provided he is not required to enter the action early against Glasgow, he will get a further run for us.
“Hamish was actually my first pick in the pro draft, then he exploded into the Edinburgh team at the start of the season and we never saw him until this opportunity presented itself.
“Cup rules allow pros to play in matches between teams from the same division so that also enables us to start with Edinburgh’s Jamie Ritchie.”
Heriot’s aim to continue where they left off in the league in claiming three successive try-bonus wins.
“The difficulty is the break which has disrupted a lot of sides, but we are virtually at full strength and will hold a second training session of the week later today,” adds Smith, delighted to include prop J-P Ward for the first time this season after injury.
Currie list internationalist John Cox just 72 hours after his wedding, while fellow prop, Mike Cusack is released by Glasgow.
Currie coach Ben Cairns says: “John is very committed to rugby as is Tracy, his new wife, who is a full-time physio with the Edinburgh team.”
Kiwi Travis Brooke faces a fitness test and Currie will pick from a preliminary squad of 24.
Boroughmuir head for Lasswade (1.30) with coach Bruce Aitchison taking nothing for granted.
“Lasswade are going well and sit top of BT National League – so we have not underestimated the task ahead,” says Aitchison who includes Craig Marshall at full-back after long-term injury, while Sam Johnson returns at scrum-half.
In the pack, Kiwi Trent Sutton returns to the second row replacing Adam Best, and Craig Keddie starts in the back row instead of Mike Entwhistle.
In the front row, Angus Wallace starts at tighthead prop while there are bench slots for the recalled Will Kay and Ed Farquharson.
Edinburgh Accies have scored seven tries in their last two outings and should be in good fettle to face Hawick at Raeburn Place (1.30pm).
Musselburgh head for Kelso in the Cup (3pm) while Watsonians have a re-arranged National League meeting with Marr at Myreside (3pm).