Rugby wrap: Heriot’s players in club squad | new Cowan deal

Blair Cowan has signed a new deal at London Irish. Pic: SNS

Blair Cowan has signed a new deal at London Irish. Pic: SNS

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There are eight Heriot’s players named today in the Scottish clubs’ international rugby squad who will play matches in the February against Ireland clubs’ and an English Counties select.

Adding to the Goldenacre connection will be coach Phil Smith, whose assistants include Jamie Parker, from Heriot’s.

Dates and venues for the two fixtures have still to be finalised.

The full squad is below:

Forwards: Ewan McQuillin (Melrose / Edinburgh Rugby), Struan Cessford (Heriot’s), Stephen Findlay (Glasgow Hawks), Shawn Muir (Hawick), Nick Beavon (Melrose), Fergus Scott (Ayr / Glasgow Warriors), Russell Anderson (Gala), Scott Sutherland (Ayr), Russell Nimmo (Heriot’s), Callum Templeton (Ayr), Tommy Spinks (Glasgow Hawks / Glasgow Warriors), Ross Weston (Currie), Jason Hill (Heriot’s), Gary Graham (Gala) and Peter Eccles (Melrose).

Backs: Fraser Thomson (Melrose), Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies), Harry Boisseau (Heriot’s), Craig Gossman (Ayr), Scott McLeod (Hawick), Liam Steele (Heriot’s), Ross Curle (Ayr), Chris Auld (Gala / Edinburgh Rugby), Rory Hutton (Hawick), Stuart Edwards, Gregor McNeish, Graham Wilson (all Heriot’s) and George Graham (Gala).

Meanwhile, Blair Cowan, man-of-the-match from openside flanker when Scotland defeated Tonga on Saturday, today signed a contract extension that will keep him at London Irish until 2018.