Three changes to Scotland Club XV for Ireland trip

Jamie Sole drops out with a head knock and is replaced by Nat Coe at blindside flanker, while Hawick teenager Andrew Mitchell gets a start at centre

Jamie Sole has dropped out of the Scotland Club XV for this weekend's match due to a head knock. Image: ©Craig Watson
Jamie Sole has dropped out of the Scotland Club XV for this weekend's match due to a head knock. Image: ©Craig Watson

SCOTT WIGHT had made one enforced and two selectorial changes to his Scotland Club XV ahead of the team’s Dalriada Cup return leg clash against Ireland in Dublin on Friday night, when they will attempt to turn around a 22 point deficit from the first leg.

Edinburgh Accies flanker Jamie Sole drops out after picking up a head knock during last Friday’s defeat at Netherdale and is replaced in the starting line-up by Aberdeen Grammar’s Nat Cole, with Rhys Davies of Currie Chieftains coming onto the bench.

Meanwhile, experienced Glasgow Hawks tight-head Gary Strain is promoted to the No 3 jersey with Calvin Henderson of Marr dropping to the bench; and behind the scrum, Hawick teenager Andrew Mitchell comes in at outside centre, with Conor Bickerstaff switching to inside-centre and Colin Sturgeon now a replacement.

“The squad played well last week, as result we’ve made very few changes to the starting line-up,” said Wight. “It’s a strong and determined squad that we’ve backed to travel to Ireland for the second leg of the Dalriada Cup.

“Although we had some good opportunities and periods of momentum last Friday, we’ll look to retain the ball for longer periods and be more clinical with our possession to execute the game plan we want to play”

Scotland Club XV team to face Ireland Club XV on Friday at Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin (kick-off 5:45pm): Grant Mollison (GHA);  Scott Bickerstaff (Marr), Andrew Mitchell (Hawick),  Conor Bickerstaff (Marr), Callum Young (Jed-Forest);  Aaron McColm (Selkirk),  Gregor Christie (Currie); Shawn Muir (Hawick), Fergus Scott – CAPTAIN (Currie Chieftains),  Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks), Mike Vernel (Currie Chieftains), Gregor Law (Jed-Forest), Nathaniel Coe (Aberdeen Grammar), Wallace Nelson (Currie Chieftains), Ewan MacDougall (Selkirk)

Substitutes: Matt Carryer (Hawick), William Farquhar (Marr), Calvin Henderson (Marr), Robin Cessford (Aberdeen Grammar), Rhys Davies (Currie), Patrick Boyer (Glasgow Hawks), Colin Sturgeon (Marr), Steven Hamilton (Currie Chieftains).

Sloppy start leaves Scotland Club XV with too much ground to make up

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