Heriot’s back-row Struan Dewar is loving being back involved in club rugby and cannot wait to run out at the national stadium in the BT Charity Shield tomorrow as the season gets under way.
The 26-year-old played for the Goldenacre club a number of years ago and turned out as they won the Scottish Cup back in 2009.
In recent seasons he has been a full-time professional in the Scotland Sevens set-up. He will start at No.8 tomorrow at BT Murrayfield against Boroughmuir (11.45am).
“I have really loved being back in the club environment, it is just great to join a squad with such a good spirit in it and obviously after the guys won the top flight title last year. We are determined to have another good season,” Dewar said.
“I have been very impressed by the standard of players in the squad so far during pre-season training and in our warm-up wins over Watsonians and Howe of Fife and there is real strength around and a desire to improve which is keeping everyone on their toes.
“I have played at BT Murrayfield before with Heriot’s and Scotland Sevens and to get the chance to go back there for the first match of the new campaign is something exciting.
“We are keen to go out there, put in a good performance and put ourselves in a good place before our own league fixtures start next week.”
As well as Dewar, Heriot’s have other newcomers John Semple, Tom Wilson, Murray McCallum, Michael Liness and Roan Van Heerden in the starting XV.
Scottish Cup holders Boroughmuir return to the ground where they played so well against Hawick just a few months ago –and they have three newcomers in the starting XV.
BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy prospect Fin Field is in the second-row, Sean Crombie is in the back-row and Polish internationalist Craig Bachurzewski is at prop.
The Meggetland men also have Alex Cox back after a long-term injury and he starts in the centre with Greg Cannie.
• Tickets for tomorrow’s BT Charity Shield and the Test match against Italy are priced from £5 (U18s) and £15 (adults). Go to scottishrugby.org/summertest