ALL half-dozen of the Super 6 franchise teams have now announced their 35-man squads for the SRU’s new tournament, which begins next month. Gordon Reid, whose signing by Ayrshire Bulls was announced back in August, remains the most high-profile recruit to the competition, although a number of Scotland age-group internationals have also been snapped up.
Reid will be joined in the Millbrae-based squad by several of the players who have been stalwarts of Ayr’s successful recent campaigns in both the Premiership and the Scottish Cup, among them playmaker Frasier Climo and back-row forward Pete McCallum. The Boroughmuir Bears squad also includes some players who have been influential at Premiership level in recent signings, notably winger Jordan Edmunds, as well as Scotland Under-20 cap Rufus McLean.
Heriot’s have turned to the sevens circuit to make one of their key recruits – Scott Riddell, the former Scotland captain. The Heriot’s roster also includes a highly-rated member of the Scotland Under-20s squad, Jack Blain.
The Southern Knights have also recruited from sevens, bringing in Joe Jenkins, a Welsh international in the abbreviated code. Australian prop Connor Young has also agreed to move to the Greenyards, while the Knights’ squad will include many names familiar from the Melrose team of recent seasons.
The Stirling County squad includes Fergus Bradbury, the younger brother of Scotland back-row forward Magnus, as well as Josh Henderson, a team-mate of Riddell’s in the national sevens squad. Watsonians’ squad includes scrum-half Roan Frostwick and prop Jack Stanley, who are both on dual contracts with Edinburgh Rugby.
The teams will play each other in warm-up games over the two weekends before the first round of fixtures, which will see Boroughmuir Bears take on Stirling County at Meggetland on Friday 8 November, Southern Knights meet Watsonians at the Greenyards the following afternoon, and Ayrshire Bulls play Heriot’s on Sunday 10 at Millbrae. The season culminates in a series of play-offs in March.
FOSROC SUPER 6 SQUADS
Backs: Grant Anderson, David Armstrong, Tyler Beary, Frasier Climo, Matthew Davidson, Chester Duff, Craig Gossman, Tom Jordan, Thomas Lewis, Daniel McCluskey, Isaac McNulty, James Pinkerton, Aylan Schabort, Ollie Smith, Ross Thompson, Harry Warr.
Forwards: Lewis Anderson, George Bordill, Ewan Davies, Graham Geldenhuys, Nicolas Griffiths, Fraser Hastie, Rory Jackson, Sam Kitchen, Blair MacPherson, Pete McCallum, Alexander McGuire, Euan McLaren, Lars Morrice, Cameron Reece, Gordon Reid, Ruairidh Sayce, Michael Scott, Marshall Sykes, Gavin Wilson.
Backs: Rory Arthur, Greg Cannie, Martin Cimprich, Jordan Edmunds, Glen Faulds, Cammy Gray, Murray Johnstone, Ronan Kerr, Chris Laidlaw, Robbie McCallum, Kyle McGhie, Rufus McLean, Gavin Parker, Archie Russell, Cammy Scott, Jack Steele, Tom Wilson, Elia Zampolli.
Forwards: Callum Atkinson, Gregor Brown, Michael Downer, Tom Drennan, Toby Francombe, Will Inglis, Craig Keddie, Martin McGinley, Scott McGinley, AP McWilliam, David Medjebeur, Aubrey Mncube, Ryan Montgomery, George Shannon, Ewan Stewart, Matt Walker, Dan Winning.
Backs: Alex Ball, Jack Blain, Ben Chalmers, Robbie Chalmers, James Couper, Stuart Edwards, Cameron Hutchison, Ross Jones, Robert Kay, Scott King, Rory McMichael, Dan Nutton, Harry Paterson, Scott Robeson, Andrew Simmers, James Spencer.
Forwards: Martin Bouab, Struan Cessford, Dan Gamble, Jason Hill, Ali Johnston, Charlie Jupp, Chris Keen, Ruairidh Leishman, Michael Liness, Jack Mann, Callum Marshall, Jack McClean, Patrick McVeigh, Andrew Nimmo, Scott Riddell, Josh Scott, Ronan Seydak, Adam Sinclair, Iain Wilson.
Backs: Patrick Anderson, Bruce Colvine, Thomas Galbraith, Jacob Henry, Struan Hutchison, Craig Jackson, Joseph Jenkins, Murdo McAndrew, Michael Mvelase-Julyan, Andrew Nagle, Iain Sim, Nathan Sweeney, Fraser Thomson, Ciaran Whyte, Gavin Wood.
Forwards: Russell Anderson, Calum Crookshanks, Rory Darge, Alan Gregory, Shaun Gunn, James Head, Neil Irvine-Ness, Ruaridh Knott, Ewan McQuillin, Iain Moody, Harry Morris, Dalton Redpath, Fraser Renwick, Tom Robertson, Angus Runciman, Finlay Scott, Grant Shiells, Dylan Taylor, Mak Wilson, Conor Young.
Backs: Euan Cunningham, Andrew Goudie, Landon Hayes, Josh Henderson, Oliver Horne, Grant Hughes, Craig Jardine, Kristian Kay, Sean Kennedy, Robbie Kent, Caleb Korteweg, Ewan MacGarvie, Andrew McLean, Mark New, Bruce Sorbie, Logan Trotter.
Forwards: George Arnott, Oliver Bartlett, Fergus Bradbury, Charlie Brown, Ross Bundy, Billy Dineen, Angus Fraser, Connor Gordon, Cameron Henderson, Reyner Kennedy, Josh King, Alasdair Mackie, James Pow, Bryce Robertson, Lewis Skinner, Dean Taylor-Menzies, Aaron Thomson, Murphy Walker, Adam Wood.
Backs: Lewis Berg, Andrew Chalmers, Matthew Currie, Jamie Forbes, Ewan Fox, Roan Frostwick, Angus Guthrie, Ali Harris, DJ Innes, Lomond Macpherson, Kody McGovern, Lee Millar, Joe Reynolds, Murray Scott, Ruaraidh Smith.
Forwards: Michael Badenhorst, Nathan Borel, Connor Boyle, Harrison Courtney, Cal Davies, Harry Fisher, Jonny Gibson, Ross Graham, Sam Grahamslaw, Finn Hobbis, Jamie Hodgson, Morgan Inness, Rory Jackson, Brian Leitch, James Miller, Gregor Nelson, Finlay Simpson, Jack Stanley, Kieran Watt, Campbell Wilson.