Boroughmuir will receive a timely boost when their battle for BT Premiership survival continues tomorrow against Heriot’s at Meggetland with Edinburgh pros Sam Beard and Stuart McInally released into the starting line-up.
Victory over Currie in the previous round of league matches moved ’Muir off the foot of the table and since last turning out for the club against Edinburgh Accies in November, McInally has had four outings for Edinburgh from off the bench, albeit in his original position of back row rather than the hooking berth he is being trained to fill.
Centre Beard has been used more sparingly by Edinburgh but will be keen to play his way back into contention for the two concluding European Challenge Cup pool fixtures.
Also returning for Boroughmuir are Ulster-reared forwards Mike Entwhistle and Adam Best.
Heriot’s pro involvement is restricted to Glenn Bryce, of Glasgow, on the wing. Coach Phil Smith says: “With Stuart Edwards and Harry Boisseau returning, Gregor McNeish moves to the bench and Dave McMaster drops to the seconds.
“Stewart Mustard starts at hooker as Davy McGregor has a hamstring injury, Ken Mackenzie comes in to allow Jack Turley to return to the back row and Jack McLean deputises for Jamie Ritchie who picked up a shoulder knock last weekend.”
For the second time this season, full-back Ruaridh Young scored a “hat-trick” of tries in a losing team as Edinburgh Accies bowed out of the Scottish Cup at home to Hawick last week.
He will hope for better fortune tomorrow against Ayr at Raeburn Place in a team that includes Test pro Alex Allan.
Lining up at hooker for Ayr is former Scotland regular and Glasgow pro, Dougie Hall.
Currie await Melrose with both teams smarting from a cup exit. Glasgow prop Mike Cusack is unavaiable so Mike Erskine returns to the squad.
Melrose field Edinburgh signings Damien Hoyland, on the wing, and flanker Hugh Blake, who has come over from Otago with a view to utilising a Scottish qualification at the highest level.