WITH the final season of the Premiership – now to be known as the Tennent’s Premiership after Scotland’s leading lager brand took over sponsorship of the domestic leagues last month – looms over the horizon, Boroughmuir are feeling pretty confident about their prospects after a busy summer on the recruitment front.
Several familiar Premiership characters have thrown their lot in with the Meggetland men, as Peter Wright and his coaching team set their sights on challenging at the top end of the table for the first time in several years. Number eight Rory Drummond has made the move across Colinton Road from Watsonians, winger Kerr Gossman has signed on from Stirling County, centre Jack Steele has arrived from Glasgow Hawks, and former Ayr and Scotland Under-20s centre Archie Russell – brother of Finn – has also joined the ranks after a year studying and playing at Cambridge University.
Other new faces include: centre/wing Willie Wardlaw from Howe of Fife, who recently has a couple of successful seasons playing Shute Shield rugby in Sydney, Australia; BT Sport Academy prospect George Goodenough, who is in his first season of senior rugby after missing last year with a knee injury, and is in the process of converting from scrum-half to stand-off; prop Chris Anderson from Preston Lodge; second-row Stuart Smith from North Berwick; and Will Inglis, another second-row from Stewart’s Melville.
A few more new names are still to be confirmed.
Just as importantly, a core of key players from last season’s campaign have also signed up for another year at the club, including captain and stand-off Chris Laidlaw, winger Jordan Edmunds, hooker Johnny Matthews, second-row Callum Atkinson, and props Dan Winning and Ross Dunbar.
Boroughmuir were one of the successful candidates to become a Super 6 at the start of the 2018-19 season.
The Offside Line will run a full breakdown of the runners and riders in this season’s Tennents Premiership campaign ahead of the start of the season, which will include lists of players-in and players-out at each club.