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August 28, 2008

Pro-player draft update

Posted by Editor on August 28, 2008 07:59 PM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail author

Jon Welsh is with West Of Scotland this season
In June Scotland's pro rugby players were allocated to the twelve Premiership Division One clubs.

As five further players have been confirmed in the pro-team ranks since the initial process, an additional mini-draft has taken place.

The revised draft is as follows:

West Of Scotland: Jon Welsh (prop), Richie Vernon (back-row), Colin Gregor (utility back), Andrew Henderson (centre), Fergus Thomson (hooker), John Beattie (No 8) and Richie Gray (lock)

Edinburgh Accies: Greig Laidlaw (scrum-half), Hefin O'Hare (wing), Mike Blair (scrum-half), Hugo Southwell (full-back), Ben Gissing (lock), Matt Dey (centre), Chris Kinloch (centre/wing)

Glasgow Hawks: Colin Shaw (wing/full-back), Stevie Swindall (back-row), Max Evans (centre/wing), Graeme Morrison (centre), Thom Evans (wing), Steve Turnbull (lock), Mike Adamson (utility back)

Hawick: Opeta Palepoi (lock), Calum MacRae (full-back/centre), Chris Paterson (stand-off/full-back/wing), Matt Mustchin (lock/flanker), Dan Parks (stand-off), Eric Milligan (front-row), Bruce McNeil (prop)

Stirling County: Ryan Grant (prop), John Houston (centre), Roland Reid (wing/back-row), Allister Hogg (back-row), Alastair Kellock (lock), Mark McMillan (scrum-half)

Heriot's: Jim Thompson (centre/full-back), Alan MacDonald (back-row), Nick De Luca (centre), Ross Rennie (flanker), Bernardo Stortoni (full-back), Marc Teague (wing)

Ayr: Calum Forrester (back-row), James Eddie (lock/back-row), Ruaridh Jackson (stand-off/full-back), Moray Low (prop), Sam Pinder (scrum-half), Lome Fa'atau (wing)

Currie: Andrew Easson (centre), Andrew Turnbull (wing), Dan Turner (lock), Ben Cairns (centre), Simon Webster (wing), Dougie Hall (hooker)

Melrose: Scott Newlands (flanker), Geoff Cross (prop), Mark Robertson (wing), Kelly Brown (back-row), Kevin Tkachuk (prop), Tim Barker (lock)

Watsonians: Kyle Traynor (prop), Craig Hamilton (lock), A Kelly (hooker), Daryl Gibson (centre), Jim Hamilton (lock), John Barclay (flanker)

Boroughmuir: Steven Lawrie (hooker), Fraser McKenzie (lock/flanker), Ed Kalman (prop), Allan Jacobsen (prop), Dave Callam (back-row), Justin Va'a (prop)

Posted by T-Bone fan on August 28, 2008 11:42 PM | Reply to this comment

Where is Melrose, by the way? .. in case T-Bone turns out for them on a Saturday afternoon.

Posted by billyidol on August 29, 2008 10:08 AM | Reply to this comment

Its just under 40 miles south of Edinburgh. Follow the A7 past Galashiels then you will see the road signs for Melrose.

Posted by Moody Blue on August 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Reply to this comment

I'm a fan of the draft system but I'm struggling to follow what has happened here...Richie Gray, Chris Kinloch, Bruce McNeil and Marc Teague have all got professional contracts since the initial draft...so have to be fitted in, fair enough; presumably in the interests of a fair spread Eric Milligan, Steve Turnbull and Matt Dey have had their clubs swapped in this re-draft. So far, so good. But Mike Adamson was left out of the first draft (leading to speculation that he was to be ditched by the Warriors) and is now back in at Hawks; and David Blair's name has disappeared from this draft (having been allocated to Edinburgh Accies in the first place). Meanwhile Daryl Gibson who is heading back to NZ soon, is still listed with Watsons. Are these just administrative oversights or is there something we haven't been told?
More interestingly, which clubs do people think will get the most benefit from this i.e. who might have players available regularly?

Posted by Moody Blue on August 29, 2008 06:49 PM | Reply to this comment

Just realised David Blair's name has disappeared because he has been added drafter to Selkirk whose names have been ommitted here!

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