PHIL SMITH had made one personnel and one positional change to the Scotland Club XV which defeated England Counties last month, ahead of taking on their Irish counterparts at Temple Hill in Cork on Friday night (7.30pm kick-off), with Lewis Carmichael from Melrose earning a new cap in the second-row while Jack Turley from Heriot’s moves to the back-row.

Smith has also awarded a new cap on the replacements bench, with Currie’s Alistair Hamilton coming in as a loose head prop replacement.

“We have been training well ahead of our fixture against Ireland Club XV, we have a lot of experience in the squad which will be vital come Friday’s game,” said Smith.

“Ross Curle, as captain, and Fraser Thomson at full-back, have both been involved for a number of seasons and will encourage the squad to secure their second victory to remain unbeaten this year, something which has never been achieved.”

Scotland Club XV team to play Ireland Club XV at Temple Hill, Cork, Friday 18 March, (kick-off 7.30pm)


15. Fraser Thomson (Melrose)

14. Sam Pecquer (Melrose)

13. Ross Curle CAPTAIN (Ayr)

12. Brendan McGroarty (Glasgow Hawks) 

11. Jordan Edmunds (Boroughmuir) 


10. Lee Armstrong (Hawick)

9. Paddy Boyer (Glasgow Hawks) 


1. George Hunter (Ayr)

2. Ross Graham** (Hawick)

3. Nick Beavon (Melrose)

4. Robert McAlpine (Ayr)

5. Lewis Carmichael** (Melrose)

6. Jack Turley (Heriot’s) 

7. Will Bordill (Ayr)

8. Peter McCallum (Ayr) 



16. Michael Liness (Heriot’s)

17. Alistair Hamilton (Currie)

18. Jamie Bhatti (Melrose)

19. Russell Nimmo (Heriot’s)

20. Neil Irvine-Hess (Melrose)

21. George Graham (Heriot’s)

22. Cameron Ferguson (Heriot’s)

23. Harvey Elms (Currie) 

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.