Super Series Preview: Future XV return to scene of 78-point mauling by Stirling Wolves

Tighter contest on the cards this weekend as age-grade select side return to action for the first time in three weeks

Southern Knights face the FOSROC Future XV at Bridgehaugh this [Friday] evening. Image: Bryan Robertson
Southern Knights face the FOSROC Future XV at Bridgehaugh this [Friday] evening. Image: Bryan Robertson

THE FOSROC FUTURE XV return to the scene of their 92-14 mauling in mid-August tonight [Friday] hoping that a slightly more experienced and some encouraging recent performances/results – when they’ve managed to field a team – will stand them in good stead as they aim to make this meeting with Stirling Wolves a more positive experience.

The age-grade select side will be boosted by the physicality of No 8 Jonny Morris and and centre Kerr Yule – two veteran of last season’s Under-20s programme – who are both making their Future XV debuts having recovered from the shoulder injuries they suffered during this summer Junior World Trophy campaign in Kenya.

This is the first week where we are starting to see a more settled team selection as the majority of the Senior Academy players become available after their involvement with Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby,” said co-coach Scott Forrest.Hector Patterson starts at No 9 after impressing off the bench against the Knights [three weekends ago]and will partner Matt Urwin at 10. Both Marcus Brogan and Ryan Burke come back into the team after recovering from recent injuries.”

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“Having not played in the last two rounds due to our rest week and also having to postpone our game versus the Bears, we are excited to get back into action against a quality Wolves team this Friday night,” Forrest added. “The players are looking forward to building on their last performance against the Knights and also for the group of Academy players who had their first taste of professional rugby with Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby in recent weeks.

We know from our last visit to Bridgehaugh how good the Wolves can be when they have quality ball to play from and we are looking forward to facing another tough challenge tomorrow night. Our squad this week only has seven players who were involved in that first fixture against the Wolves but we are all clear on where we need to improve to see a better performance this Friday.”

Meanwhile, Wolves head coach Eddie Pollock has made only two enforced changes to the starting XV he named for last weekend’s rain-delayed match against Heriot’s, with Lewis Skinner replacing the injured Marius Tamosaitis at tight-head prop and Shaun MacDonald replacing Ruaridh Knott, while Ben Afshar comes on to the bench having had two run outs for Glasgow warriors recently.

“The Future XV’s recent excellent performances against Watsonians and Southern Knights have shown how dangerous a side they have become since the return of their Under-20 international players,” said Pollock. “Our players have prepared well in training this week and are looking forward to the challenge this exciting young side will bring.”


Stirling Wolves (versus Future XV at Bridgehaugh on Friday at 7.35pm): G Bryce; M Heron, R Southern, M Holden ©, R McKnight; C Jackson, E Davey; G Breese, R Kennedy ©, L Skinner, H Ferguson, J Pow, S MacDonald, E Timpson, E Hasdell. Subs: S Rainey, L Quarm, M Ogunlaja, T Smith, C Jardine, B Afshar, C Scott, S Rockley.

Future XV: J Hocking; F Douglas, K Johnston, K Yule, A Caqusau; M Urwin, H Paterson; R Deans, M Brogan, C Norrie, C Nolan, R Hart, T Currie ©, F Douglas, J Morris. Substitutes: J Blyth-Lafferty, T Banatvala, O Blyth-Lafferty, F Duraj, R Burkę, F Burgess, I Coates, C Ferrie.

Referee: Hollie Davidson


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Verdict: The last meetings between these two sides turned into a horror show, with the Wolves mercilessly ravaging the callow Future XV. This should be more of a contest but it is hard to see how the visitors can possibly pick up their first win of the campaign.

Home win.

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