Watson’s inspired by Edinburgh Rugby pros

Calum Davidson from George Watsons College, right, and Dan Nutton from Merchiston Castle Schoo

Calum Davidson from George Watsons College, right, and Dan Nutton from Merchiston Castle Schoo

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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.