Wanderers boosted by Cox return

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Free-scoring centre Alex Cox returns to the Murrayfield Wanderers rugby line-up tomorrow ahead of an encounter with Perthshire on the international ground back pitch.

Cox, who scored 23 tries in 22 outings last season, has been absent from the Championship B side for the past two matches due to illness and unavailability but coach Bruce Aitchison is delighted to have him back operating alongside stand-off Liam Thomas, who was once in the Cardiff development squad, and centre Chris Hardie – who represented Melrose in the British and Irish Cup last season.

Both have moved to Edinburgh and were attracted to a Wanderers club who are fielding seven teams at all levels this weekend. Aitchison said: “We gave nothing away last week in edging out a Haddington team who are becoming well drilled by Tom Philip (ex-Scotland) and that will have to continue because Perthshire are poised to introduce a raft of New Zealander recruits.”

Debuting for Wanderers will be prop Ross Anderson (ex-Aberdeen Grammar) and Irish hooker Nigel Sheehan.

Musselburgh will have to be on the alert for Chris Mason, an outstanding No 8, when they entertain leaders Howe of Fife.