Rugby: McMillan in Murrayfield assignment

Musselburgh youth rugby coach Euan McMillan pictured with sons Andrew, left, and Fraser
Musselburgh youth rugby coach Euan McMillan pictured with sons Andrew, left, and Fraser
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It will be a proud day at Murrayfield tomorrow for Musselburgh youth rugby coach Euan McMillan pictured with sons Andrew, left, and Fraser, who turn out for Watson’s College in the Brewin Dolphin under-18 and under-16 Scottish Schools rugby cup finals.

The task for Andrew will be to help overcome an Edinburgh Academy team unbeaten in all 13 matches this season while Fraser’s opponents two hours earlier at 4pm will be Dollar Academy.

Watson’s coach Ally Donaldson says: “The McMillan brothers are very talented but different in style even though each plays centre. Andrew has also turned out a lot at stand off and Fraser has experience at full back.”

Dad Euan has coached Musselburgh under-16s through an unbeaten season so far in emulating the Stoneyhill first team who have won all their games in National League Division One.

The senior final is a repeat of an under-16 final two years ago which Academy won although coach Mark Appleson is taking nothing for granted.

“Although we won that final our only defeat that season was against Watson’s.” Academy have a potential match winner in winger Freddie Smith who scored a hat-trick of tries in the semi-final win over Merchiston Castle but Appleson notes: “Key to our performances has been a really stingy defence.”

The last time Watson’s reached the under-18 final they were captained by Stuart McInally, now a regular player with Edinburgh.

For Academy, up and comings include Alex Glashan, Rory Simpson and Andrew McWilliam.