Scotland squad backing good cause at Boroughmuir

Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Scotland flanker Al Strokosch hopes the Boroughmuir ground will be packed tomorrow for their Scottiah Cup quarter-final against Stirling County.

During his Boroughmuir amateur career Strokosch, capped 41 times, played alongside Ally Davidson whose daughter, Tilly, died earlier this year aged 19 days. The tie is dedicated to raising funds for Simpson’s Special Care Babies with the team wearing specially donated shirts.

Strokosch said: “I played with Ally, one of the genuinely nice guys and a great player who turned out professionally with Edinburgh and Border Reivers.

“The entire Scotland squad are aware of what is happening at Meggetland and encourage everyone who can, to go along.”

Boroughmuir are able to include their “lucky mascot” tomorrow.

The three times cup winners may be struggling near the foot of the Premiership but two notable victories, at Melrose and Ayr, have come when fielding Edinburgh stand off Carl Bezuidenhout.

The South African is released again along with Edinburgh prop Simon Bergham in the only forward change from the team which won at Ayr.

Stirling field a side without professional call-up. Centre Archie Russell away on Scotland under-20 duty.

Holders Heriot’s entertain Howe of Fife and show the National League Division Two side, who have produced Scotland caps Peter Horne and Chris Fusaro, plenty of respect.

Heriot’s coach Phil Smith said: “Howe are a club on the up and we will be making sure all parts of our game are up to speed after a couple of weeks off. We are desperate to defend our cup so I am looking for a strong performance from all players as they jostle to get into our end-of-season squad.”

Returning are Jono Armstrong, Jamie Syme, Colin Goudie and Danny Levison while teenager Josh Laird will make a first appearance of the season from the bench at some stage.

In National League Division One, Stewart’s Melville have an opportunity to close the gap on second place GHA when they fulfil a re-arranged encounter at home to bottom side Hillhead Jordanhill.