Boroughmuir have swooped ahead of tomorrow’s crucial BT Premiership clash with fellow strugglers Edinburgh Accies at Meggetland to re-sign former winger Sep Visser.
The 23-year-old younger brother of Scotland star Tim has been playing for Tynedale since making the last of seven appearances at pro level in the Capital early last year.
Visser starts on the bench but ’Muir still have plenty of pro input as full-back Tom Brown and prop Simon Berghan are released by Edinburgh to gain further match practice, while Stuart McInally has recovered from injury and makes the journey over from BT Murrayfield.
Accies coach Phil Leck is mindful of how his team under-performed when losing 15-33 at home to ’Muir but insists: “We’re a changed side since then.” Leck is delighted with the inclusion of winger Sam Pequeur in the Scottish club’s squad this week, remarking: “Sam is very dangerous, someone who can definitely cause problems to defences.”
Currie entertain Gala and coach Ben Cairns says: “We welcome back Harvey Elms and Ruaridh Smith, and Mike Vernal is fit to return to the bench. We have not forgotten what happened when we met Gala at the start of the season (lost 20-66) and this will show how far we have come.
“Gala have lost to all three teams above them in their last few league games and will be targeting this game to get back on track.”
Currie also have Glasgow front row pair Kevin Bryce and Mike Cusack.
Heriot’s await Hawick with a squad showing Edinburgh prospect Jamie Ritchie on the bench and George Turner also back from the pro scene to start at hooker.
Coach Phil Smith says of fixture disruption: “We have had three weeks to mull over our defeat at Hawks, which has been frustrating.”
Hawick field an all-Edinburgh centre combination of Joaquin Dominguez and Jack Cuthbert inside Nikki Walker who is also, technically, still a Capital player. On the bench is Nick McLennan, also from Edinburgh.