Young guns get chance as Currie bring in new faces

Ruaridh Young has joined Currie from Edinburgh Accies
Ruaridh Young has joined Currie from Edinburgh Accies
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Currie coach Ben Cairns is relying heavily on emerging talent to help the club build on a strong climax to last season’s BT Premiership campaign.

In his first season at the helm, Cairns steered Currie into the play-offs where they were beaten by eventual champions Heriot’s.

Now the former Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland centre has bolstered his squad with a quartet of new signings.

Among the new arrivals is young scrum half Charlie Shiel, who broke into the first team at RHC Cougars last season.

Also signing up at Currie are age group caps, Stephen Ainslie, who moves from Jedforest, Hamish Bain from George Watson’s College, and Ruaridh Young, who makes the switch from Edinburgh Accies.

Cairns is also confident that the good work of the club’s youth set up will bear fruit.

“We have a number of players who have featured in our youth section who are stepping up to senior rugby and we expect to figure this season,” he said, pointing to centre Cameron Gray, flanker Thomas Gordon, lock Luke Crosbie, back rower Scott McGinley and prop AP McWilliam as prospects.