Team comes first for Edinburgh Accies Ruairidh Young

Ruairidh Young touches down
Ruairidh Young touches down
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Edinburgh Accies try-scoring full-back Ruairidh Young today put club before personal exploits.

Having twice notched a hat-trick of tries for Accies and ended up on the losing side – against Gala and Hawick – last year’s Scotland Under-20 full back Young was particularly entitled to savour a narrow win over Ayr last week which moved his side off the foot of the table.

But as he prepares to head for Gala tomorrow in the BT Premiership as part of a squad that includes Edinburgh winger Jamie Farndale making his long- awaited comeback from a knee injury on the bench, Young insisted: “I’d easily have given up my tries for the sake of victories.

“There was huge relief at full time to be on the right end of a tight scoreline. The aim now is to develop momentum. Hopefully the tables have turned.”

Young, who has eight tries so far, can empathise with Farndale, having seen the first of his two seasons with Scotland Under-20s curtailed by a leg break sustained in the opening World Cup game.

“It’s great to have Jamie back and for my own part seeing Sam Pecqueur picked by Edinburgh A this season sent out a signal that the professionals are taking note of the club game.”

Pecqueur returns from concussion in an Accies team that has Edinburgh pro’s Chris Dean at centre and Alex Toolis at second row, while Gala’s squad includes Edinburgh’s international scrum-half Grayson Hart as well as centre Chris Auld, who has returned from a spell at London Scottish.

Boroughmuir visit Ayr with Edinburgh stand-off Carl Bezuidenhout back to guide them after an injury sustained when they won at Melrose this season.