SCOTTISH RUGBY: Club programme gets back underway in 2014
Three national leagues teams could start their 2014 on a high tomorrow, with two RBS Regional Cup finals taking place and a possibility of the RBS Border Regional Cup, league structure reaching its conclusion.
In the Edinburgh Regional Cup it’ll be either Currie or Heriot’s who’ll come away with the trophy and secure their place in the national competition, when they meet at Malleny Park at 3pm.
Along the M8 RBS National League side GHA, are still in contention for a place in the national semi-finals when they meet Glasgow Hawks at Old Anniesland at 3pm.
Finally, Melrose need a single point to win the RBS Border Regional Cup. They play Peebles at The Greenyards at 2pm. However, Hawick could steal the plaudits if they beat Selkirk with five points and overcome a 66 points differential with Melrose.
The RBS Caledonia Regional Cup will conclude on Saturday 18 January, weather permitting.
Round five of the British & Irish Cup will also take place this weekend, starting tonight, when Stirling County take on English Championship side, Plymouth Albion, at Brickfields Recreation Ground (7.45pm).
At home this weekend in the cross border tournament are Edinburgh Accies and Gala. Firstly, Accies host London Scottish (2pm) at Raeburn Place, in the hope of turning round the result from the first leg, with the home advantage on their side this time. At 3pm Gala then welcome Leeds Carnegie to Netherdale.
Finally, on Sunday Ayr conclude the programme, as they meet Cornish Pirates in search of a second win in the competition. They will lock-horns at Mennaye Field in Penzance at 3pm.
Players selected from the pro-player draft this weekend are Richie Vernon, Sean Kennedy (both Stirling County), Mark Bennett, Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown (all Ayr), Alex Black, Stuart McInally, Lewis Niven, Robert McAlpine, Mike Coman, Ross Rennie and Alex Toolis (all Edinburgh Accies), Sam Beard, Nikki Walker, James Hilterbrand, Ben Toolis, Sean Cox and Harry Leonard (all Gala).