Super Series: The Final Sprint – team by team guide

David McAdam picks out a few interesting names which will feature in this final campaign, plus a couple of notable absentees

Ayrshire Bulls captain Blair Macpherson (top) has made more Super Series appearances than any other player. Image: George McMillan
Ayrshire Bulls captain Blair Macpherson (top) has made more Super Series appearances than any other player. Image: George McMillan

Ayrshire Bulls

The Originals: Alex McGuire and Blair Macpherson have played in every series for the Bulls. Macpherson has more appearances (58+2) in the competition than anyone else having played in every single game the Bulls have played!

New Kid on the Block: Homegrown 18-year-old Jake Shearer plays prop with the athleticism of a flanker

Comeback King: Ex-Glasgow pro James Malcolm (and brother of Scotland Women’s captain Rachel Malcolm) played for the Bulls in the Championship series in 2022, in between playing commitments in MLR in USA. He returns for the final sprint.

Stepping Up: Rauridh Airlie was in the Scotland U18 squad while still at Cumnock. He has struggled with injuries in the last couple of years but a solid season for Ayr’s National One winning team, saw him selected for Glasgow in the Inter-District and  now he gets his first taste of Super Series

Jetting In: Marcus Kershaw, who has been around the England and GB7s squad, was listed for the Championship last year, but injury kept him out. His sprinting prowess should fit in.

Saying Goodbye: No sign of Andrew Nimmo, a consistent Super Series stand out.

X-Factor: Mason Cullen has moved from the Bears to join his brother, Reiss, at the Bulls. The twin threat of Luca Bardelli and Cullen on the wings could be devastating.

Biggar Connection: Robbie Orr has arrived at Millbrae, joining fellow Hartreemill old boys Reiss Cullen and Calvin Henderson.


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Boroughmuir Bears

The Originals: The McGinley brothers are the only two to play in every series for the Bears. Flanker Scott has most starts (36+10) but elder brother prop Martin (30+22) has more appearances overall.

New Kid on the Block: The Bears have done more than anyone to bring through homegrown talent. This time Liam Habib (19) comes off the conveyor belt of youth rugby to win a squad place,

Comeback King: Ronan Kerr missed most of the Championship through injury so it’s great to see the experienced centre fully fit again.

Stepping Up: Max Wallace had an excellent Premiership for Edinburgh Accies then played all three games in the Inter-District for Caledonia. A well deserved selection.

Jetting In: Myles Lowe is a young Ulster lock who is studying at Edinburg University

Saying Goodbye: No 8 Trystan Andrews is a noticeable absentee.

X-Factor: Ewan Guy played for Scotland U20 last season while at Cardiff Met University. He is a fearless and mobile back-rower with good handling skills and a great work ethic.

Biggar Connection: Rowan Stewart and Fergus Watson are both from Biggar

Stirling Wolves

The Originals: Athletic second row James Pow is the last man standing for Stirling Wolves. He has seen some very promising lock partners move on to the professional game in his 47+8 appearances for the Bridgehaugh side.

New Kid on the Block: Scotland U18 Captain Joe Roberts got called up during the Championship as injury cover whilst still at school. This time the hooker is in the squad from the start.

Comeback King: Few people have travelled more widely in their playing career than Steven Longwell. In this campaign he will turn out for his third Super Series team after a season with English Premiership Bristol Bears. Hugely experienced.

Stepping Up: Bryce Robertson was reared at Bridgehaugh. He has played for Watsonians in National One this season, and his performances there won him a place in the Caledonia squad. Now the hooker is back home for the Sprint.

Jetting In: Macenzzie Duncan seems to be coming north from Bristol with Longwell. A rangy backrow he has played for Hartpury and England U20 so has good pedigree.

Saying Goodbye: Skipper Reyner Kennedy has retired, Hamish Ferguson is playing in Australia, George Breese and Conor Gordon will be hugely missed.

X-Factor: Olujare Oguntibeju was injured in his first Scotland U20 start two years ago while playing for Ealing Trailfinders. The Edinburgh-reared, Nigerian-qualified lock has a rare skill-set and he could light up Super Series.

Biggar Connection: Prop Lliam Quarm spent a season at Biggar

 

 

Heriot’s

The Originals: Front-five lads Josh Scott, Michael Liness, Chris Keen, Ronan Seydak and Rauridh Leishman have all been part of the Goldenacre squad from the start of Super Series..Liness, Scott and Seydak have all played more than 50 games with Seydak leading the way with 41+14 appearances.

New Kid on the Block: 19-year-old Pat Spence has gone from playing wing at West of Scotland to lock for Heriot’s Blues. He is likely to be around Scotland U20s next season.

Comeback King: Ex-Glasgow Academy prospect Fin Callaghan has had an injury ravaged career. If he can stay fit, Ben Cairns may yet produce a player in the versatile back.

Stepping Up: Angus Hunter has had a solid first season for Heriot’s Blues after arriving from Dollar.

Jetting In: Seamus Smith is a scrum-half who has played for Canberra Vikings. Can he provide the quality Heriot’s have missed since Cam Jones moved to the Ospreys?

Saying Goodbye: Cairn Ramsey is on an Australian sojourn; Bruce Houston is starring for Cornish Pirates in England. No sign of Grant Hughes.

X-Factor: If one player deserves a full pro contract for their Super Series performances it is surely Matt Davidson. The centre also looked really sharp as the key playmaker in the winning Shogun side at Melrose 7s. A good series here could catapult him into the GB 7s squad

Biggar connection: Euan McAra and Jamie Campbell have both spent time at Biggar

Southern Knights

The Originals: Callum Crookshanks and Angus Runciman were both in the original Knights squad. They’ve been away playing club rugby for a couple of seasons but return for this final fling. Rauridh Knott and Jason Baggott started with the Knights and have played in every series but are now turning out for the Wolves and Watsonians respectively

New Kid on the Block: Take your pick from a few young Borderers who have signed on, but the one who excites the most is Jed’s Mark Glen. From the famous Riverside scrum-half factory, he may well find himself playing in the back-three at the Greenyards.

Comeback King: A few to choose from but it will be good to see how hooker Finlay Scott goes after a season playing in Australia. Uniquely, the Jed hooker also kicks goals!

Stepping Up: Patrick Ritchie had a great season at Raeburn Place after graduating from Aberdeen University. His displays won him a place in the Edinburgh Inter-District squad and now he gets his chance in Super Series.

Jetting In: There are some promising young players joining from Universities in the North East of England. One of them, Marcus Rhodes, is a Scottish-qualified backrow who came through the London Irish Academy and is now at Durham University.

Saying Goodbye: The promising Harris Rutherford has gone to play MLR in USA; no sign of Aidan Cross and Harry Borthwick.

X-Factor: If Freddy Douglas can repeat his stand-out performances for the Future XV in the Championship he could rip it up for the Knights

Biggar Connection: Ex Biggar man Craig Greer is injured. He will be missed.

 

 

Watsonians

The Originals: Lomond MacPherson, Lewis Berg, Murray Scott and Kieran Watt are the four ever-presents in the Myreside squad, with Berg leading the way in appearances (46+6).

New Kid on the Block: Former Scotland U20 lock Jake Parkinson (21) arrives in the capital with a burgeoning repute.

Comeback King: Great to see Cole Lamberton back after some long term injury.

Stepping Up: Scott Clark guided Preston Lodge to promotion in the National Leagues, secured a place in the Edinburgh Inter-District team and now arrives in Super Series rugby.

Jetting In: Full-back Ryan Coetzer is following a well worn path from South Africa via Watsonians into the Super Series squad, where he teams up with brother Dom.

Saying Goodbye: Scott King and Karl Main are playing in Australia. Lee Millar, Murdo McAndrew and Cal Davies have stepped back .

X-Factor: 19-year-old Findlay Thomson is spoken of highly by well-regarded coaches. He seems to have had some fitness issues which are now behind him, He could star this time round.

Biggar connection: Props Ryan Whitefield and Donald Voas arrive for this season.


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David has been watching club rugby round Scotland for more years than he can remember. Currently working for a charity supporting people returning to community after time in prison, Saturday afternoons are time to himself, standing behind posts, somewhere in the West of Scotland watching the progress of young Scottish players & enjoying the banter of local rugby people.

1 Comment

  1. Great Biggar player players represented in a few of The Squads.
    Wee Davie Wilson who was Biggar Head Coach done a great job with a lot of these lads to help them to progress and fulfill their potential. One of the best backs coaches in Scottish Rugby, with a successful & proven track record; Biggar RFC have a lot to thank The Wee Man For. Special mention also to Gary Mercer who headed up the coaching at Biggar with Davie before moving on due to work commitments. I hope these lads remember where they come from & remember where there Home Town Cub Is… Loyalty 🏉

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