ADAM MCBURNEY, who is due to join Edinburgh from Ulster next month, has replaced the injured Dave Cherry in Scotland’s squad for this summer’s three match schedule against England A, Georgia and Romania.
The 24-year-old hooker was born in Ballymena and has previously represented Ireland at Under-18s and Under-20s level, but qualifies for Scotland through a grandmother from Cadder in Lanarkshire.
Cherry picked up a hand injury playing for Edinburgh in Sunday’s Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup draw against the Scarlets.
McBurney will compete against capped Glasgow Warriors duo George Turner and Grant Stewart, plus Sale Sharks youngster Ewan Ashman, for the Scottish No2 jersey this summer. Fraser Brown and Stuart McInally, the two most experienced hookers in Scottish rugby at the moment, are being rested.
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I have known Adam since he played minis at my club.
He has come from a challenging personal background, and overcome hurdles (and temptations) that others close to him did not.
A harder worker, and better young man, you will go a long way to find.
Ulster’s loss is v much Scotland’s gain.
With the loss of Sam Skinner. I do hope Tom Gordon gets a call up. Richly deserved. And why overlooked in the first place. Tearing it up for the Warriors
Kerr doing ok, dunno about Miller but Smith hasn’t had a look in at Newcastle except in Richards “surrender” side v Exeter. As for picking McBurney because he’s not a true Scot (whatever that means, you either qualify or you don’t) what tosh.
How do you define a genuine Scot Matt?
What makes a genuine Scot Matt?
Good point Moody Blue. However, they are genuine Scots and that doesn’t cut the mustard with the Murrayfrield Junta – who prefer to recruit non-Scots.
What a disgraceful comment. What gives you the right to judge a persons Scottishness. Plenty of ex-pats grow up over seas and are passionate about Scotland.
But hey let’s only play players born in Scotland to two Scottish parents with four Scottish grandparents who have played for ‘insert whatever proper rugby club’ and let’s see where that gets us.
Your comment is borderline xenophobic
We are well stocked for hookers at the moment considering there are another three – Jake Kerr, Isaac Miller, and Robbie Smith – who have played English Premiership rugby this season, plus Jack MacFarlane who plays every week in the championship for Jersey and could readily be compared to Grant Stewart or Johnny Matthews at Glasgow.