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Marr Rugby - senior squad selections for 2 December 2017 AND Schools Finals fixture details and potential travel option

1 month ago By Kevin Quinn

Marr Rugby senior squad selection BT Premiership BT National Reserve League BT West Regional Reserve League School Finals Wednesday 6 December

Marr Rugby - senior squad selections for 2 December 2017 AND Schools Finals fixture details and potential travel option

Saturday 2 December 2017 (2.00pm kick offs)

BT Premiership: Heriot’s FC v Marr Rugby
BT National Reserve 2: Dundee High v Marr Rugby
BT West Reserve League 2: Cumnock RFC 2s v Marr Rugby

Another packed Saturday of rugby action with all three Marr Rugby senior XV’s on the road as the league season recommences in earnest after the Autumn tests.

Each side hope to follow the lead set by the U16 and U18s earlier in the week as both won 'on the road' in ‘big’ matches.

###Schools Finals Day - Fixture details and potential travel options###

National Shield Final (U16s) - Earlston High School v Marr College (2.30pm)
National Plate Final (U18s) - Lomond/Helensburgh v Marr College (6.30pm)

Call to all Marr Rugby supporters - get Wednesday off and head to Murrayfield to be part of Marr history as for the first time we have two sides in national finals day action. If there is sufficient demand we will arrange for a supporters bus to go through. Please register interest at MARR COLLEGE SCHOOLS FINALS before 6pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile - the three fixtures being played on Saturday are important tests for the club’s intent to have another successful season.

Marr Rugby 1st XV preview: Marr Rugby travel to play at Goldenacre for the first time. After a good win against Glasgow Hawks in the last league game the 1st XV face an extremely difficult game against Heriots. The home side will be determined to improve after their unexpected cup defeat against Edinburgh Accies. Heriots are intent on achieving a top four finish in the league and may already see five points safely in the bag.

After a four week break of rest, recovery and training Marr is almost at full strength as players return from injury and other unavailability. These include Richard Dalgleish, Kyle Hatherell and Gregor Paxton (sponsored by Wheelie Clean). There are enforced changes with Conor and Scott Bickerstaff being unavailable. Ollie Rossi retains the starting berth in the front row and with Stephen Adair (sponsored by Toner and McCartney) amongst others the bench Marr have the good options for impact replacements that help strengthen the overall squad.

Marr Rugby 1st XV team selection
15. Dougie Steele
14. Toby Buchanan
13. Richard Dalgleish
12. Gregor Paxton
11. Tom Steven
10. Craig Kolarik
9. Kaleem Baretto
1. William Farquhar
2. Ollie Rossi
3. Fraser Watt
4. Ewan Bulger
5. Kyle Hatherall
6. Mackenzie Pearce
8. Ross Miller
7. Angus Johnston ©

Replacements/Substitutes
16. Stephen Adair
17. Greg Jackson
18. Ross Jackson
19. Max Freydell
20. Andrew Mill

Marr Rugby 2nd XV preview: In the final fixture of the first leg of the league campaign a hard test awaits the 2s as they travel to Dundee to face the Titans. Whilst Marr have been going well and Dundee sit mid table we well know that Mayfield is an unforgiving place where mistakes are quickly punished by the home side. Therefore Marr need to ensure they quickly get up to match speed and sharpness. A strong side with a good blend of experience and youth has been selected for this significant fixture. With Hawick still leading the table by nine points Marr cannot afford a slip-up.

Ali Hazel (Sponsored by Lloydies)) starts at scrum-half where he will partner Rory McGee and they will unleash a strong running back line as and when the opportunity presents. There's a relatively unchanged pack with a fair bit of experience threaded throughout despite the average age being well under 25. Fraser 'Rhino' Ferguson and Neil Wallace (sponsored by Aspire School of Beauty) are anchor the front-row and along with the rest of the forwards provide a healthy dynamic and explosive option and bonus in open play.

Marr Rugby 2nd XV team selection
15. Rudi Marshall
14. Ry McInnes
13. Jack Scott
12. Gregor Ness
11. Mac McInnes
10. Rory McGee
9. Ali Hazel
1. Neil Wallace
2. Richard McNicol
3. Fraser Ferguson
4. Callum Craig
5. Adam McPherson
6. Danny Clark
8. Josh Evans ©
7. Kyle Vallance

Replacements/Substitutes
16. Danny McCulloch
17. Craig Steel
18. Bob Hill
19. Finlay Hazel
20. Chris Galloway

Marr Rugby 3rd XV preview: The 3s have a local derby against Cumnock’s 2nd XV in what will be a further test of guts, skill and resolve as our troops - comprising a mix of young and not so that continue to grow and develop. The squad is flourishing from getting regular rugby and relishing the challenge of playing against other clubs second tier of senior players. With a healthy number of players team coach Andrew Mathieson - fresh from his coaching session masterclass with Gregor Townsend - has been able to set out a strong side. Now it's up to the players to deliver.

Marr Rugby 2nd XV team selection
1. Darren Morgan
2. Neil Campion (c)
3. Sean Duff
4. Fraser McPherson
5. Jason Munchen Doolan
6. Alistair Barclay
7. Graeme Currie
8. Scott Grant
9. Rory MacColl
10. Gareth Abbot
11. Martin McMillan
12. Jonathan Connell
13. Marc Tracey
14. Andrew Watson
15. Thomas Watkins

Replacements/Substitutes
16. Robert Andrew
17. Jim McNiven
18. Chris Helton
19. Russell Keene
20. Lochlann Mcgregor
21. Dean Lockwood

Updated 20:54 - 5 Dec 2017 by Billy Bate

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Fixtures
Sat 20 Jan
h
Marr College 1st XV QVS
Friendly 10:00
h
Marr College U'16 QVS
Friendly 10:00
a
Friendly P – P
P
a
2nd XV Hawick Force
League 14:00
h
League 14:00
a
1st XV Ayr
League 15:00
Sun 21 Jan
h
Friendly 13:00
Sat 27 Jan
a
Marr College 1st XV Hutchesons'
Friendly 10:00
a
Marr College U'16 Hutchesons' Grammar School
Friendly 10:00
h
Friendly 10:00
h
1st XV Melrose
League 14:00
h
2nd XV Selkirk A
League 14:00
h
League 14:00

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