MELROSE will be boosted by the inclusion of Edinburgh pro and Elite Development (EDP) players for their trip to Nottingham on Friday night, writes Fiona Scott.
Sep Visser replaces Bruce Colvine on the right wing, with the latter reverting to his normal position of scrum-half, while Ben Cairns comes in for the injured Jamie Murray.
Melrose regular Bruce Dick comes back in at 12 after a few weeks out with injury. In the forwards, Glasgow EDP Jonny Gray, younger brother of Scotland’s Richie, comes in at lock, as does Peter Eccles. On the bench, Lewis Niven and Harry Leonard are available from Edinburgh.
Coach Craig Chalmers said: “It’s great to go into this massive game with a good hard-fought victory at Heriot’s under our belt. We take on a quality team in Nottingham who are flying high in second place in the English Championship.
“They have expanded their game this season under the direction head coach of Martin Hagg and it will take a massive performance from ourselves to match their physicality and tempo.
“We must believe in ourselves, look after ball and raise the tempo when we have possession, have a solid set-piece, take any chances that come our way, make good decisions and be very physical in defence. Get these areas right and we will give ourselves a great chance of winning the game.”
Melrose team to face Nottingham on Friday night (7.45pm): F.Thomson; S. Visser, B. Cairns, B. Dick, J. Helps; R. Mill, B.Colvine; N. Little, R. Ferguson, G. Holborn, J. Gray, P. Eccles, J. Dalziel, G. Runciman, A. Nagle. Subs: C. Keen, L. Niven, R. Miller, R. Ovens, H. Leonard, S. Mccormick, S. Chalmers.