WATSON’S COLLEGE captain Calum Davidson says his team can draw inspiration from forebearers who have found their way into the Edinburgh Rugby set-up when they tackle Merchiston Castle in the final of the Brewin Dolphin under-18 Scottish Schools Cup at BT Murrayfield tonight.
Among those who have put Watson’s in position to make it three-in-a-row are Ben Robbins, Jake Kerr and Ally Millar, now attached to Edinburgh.
Back row Davidson says: “It’s really inspiring when guys we were playing with go on to pro rugby. It shows the pathway.
“We have a really strong team this year who have benefitted from tough games in England a few times.”
Merchiston counterpart Dan Nutton, a scrum-half, who is part of an extended Scotland under-20 squad, says: “I would love to play professionally, but it is about the team just now.”
Merchiston have won the trophy five times.
“Having a long tradition is more a plus than a pressure, although we try to live up to playing a style people like to watch and players like to play.”
Last year’s finals were played outwith the international arena while the pitch was re-laid.
Both captains welcomed the return, with Nutton saying: “We hear it is a fast track, which can add to the spectacle.”
Merchiston are also in the under-16 final, against Dollar Academy, which kicks off at 6.30pm and precedes the main event.