Tennent’s Premiership pro player draft for 2018-19 season unveiled

95 players contracted to Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland 7s split amongst 10 clubs

Ross Ford
Edinburgh pro Ross Ford, in action for Melrose last season, alongside Jason Baggott and Ross McCann, who have both been awarded pro contracts this season ***Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk***

THE TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP pro player draft has been announced.

Edinburgh Accies

Murray McCallum (Edinburgh Rugby), Tom Brown (Edinburgh Rugby), Mungo Mason (Scotland 7s), Ally Miller (Edinburgh Rugby), Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh Rugby), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh Rugby), Nyle Godsmark (Scotland 7s), Joe Nayacavou (Scotland 7s), Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh Rugby).

Hawick

Pietro Ceccarelli (Edinburgh Rugby), Callum Hunter-Hill (Edinburgh Rugby), Sean Kennedy (Edinburgh Rugby), Lewis Carmichael (Edinburgh Rugby), Juan Pablo Socino (Edinburgh Rugby), Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh Rugby), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby), Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby).


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Boroughmuir

Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby), Senitiki Nayalo (Edinburgh Rugby), Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh Rugby), Fraser McKenzie (Edinburgh Rugby), John Barclay (Edinburgh Rugby), Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby), Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby).

Heriot’s

James Johnstone (Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Dean (Edinburgh Rugby), Jack Cuthbert (Scotland 7s), Allan Dell (Edinburgh Rugby), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Simon Hickey (Edinburgh Rugby), Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh Rugby), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh Rugby).

Watsonians

Darcy Graham (Edinburgh Rugby), Damien Hoyland (Edinburgh Rugby), Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby), Dougie Fife (Edinburgh Rugby), Cameron Fenton (Edinburgh Rugby), Jamie Farndale (Scotland 7s), Glenn Bryce (Scotland 7s), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby).

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Melrose

Jason Baggot (Edinburgh Rugby), George Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby), Ross McCann (Scotland 7s), Sam Pecquer (Scotland 7s), Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby), Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh Rugby), Viliame Mata (Edinburgh Rugby), WP Nel (Edinburgh Rugby)

Glasgow Hawks

Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Bruce Flockhart (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Henderson (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Smith (Glasgow Warriors), Brian Alainu’uese (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Lelia Masaga (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors)

Stirling County

Adam Nicol (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Fusaro (Glasgow Warriors), Niko Matawalu (Glasgow Warriors), Ratu Tagive (Glasgow Warriors), Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors), Brandon Thomson (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Coombes (Scotland 7s), Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Frisby (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Gavin Lowe (Scotland 7s), Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).

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Currie Chieftains

Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh Rugby), Charlie Shiel (Edinburgh Rugby), Harvey Elms (Scotland 7s), Greg Peterson (Glasgow Warriors), David Tameilau (Glasgow Warriors), Kiran McDonald (Glasgow Warriors), Oli Kebble (Glasgow Warriors), Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Max McFarland (Scotland 7s), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors).

Ayr

Robbie Nairn (Glasgow Warriors), James Malcolm (Glasgow Warriors), Patrick Kelly (Glasgow Warriors), D’Arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Rory Hughes (Glasgow Warriors), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Siosiua Halanukonuka (Glasgow Warriors), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors), Robbie Fergusson (Scotland 7s), George Turner (Glasgow Warriors), DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors).


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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

4 Comments

  1. Well there you go!
    Unfortunately these guys have got to be playing rugby somewhere, even if it does make a bit of a mockery of any/all “amateur” club competitions. Having no club loyalty whatsoever they must still be seen to be performing when it’s their livelihood at stake.
    I can only assume that come the advent of the Super Six set up then these guys will simply slot in at that level, alongside however many regional academy players are on the books plus a few other hopefuls. This would suggest to me that those Super Six squads are pretty much already picked and could simply be thrust upon the semi-pro franchises.
    Not sure I’m fully grasping the theory or logic behind it all, maybe I’m missing something, but then who am I but a simple rugby fan who will nevertheless carry on supporting my local club(s)…which probably means I also fall into line with the “master plan”!

  2. Can’t help but notice that some teams have an allocation of 13 or 14 pros when others have only 9. Can I ask what the rules/guidelines are this season regarding the number of pros a team can put out in any one game? Not that it matters to the SRU but it certainly has affected league positions in previous seasons, not to mention cup results (including the final), wherever there’s been a blatant imbalance of availability.

    • There is no regulation on differential so, in theory, one Club could field five or six while the other has none.

      • Well there you go!
        Unfortunately these guys have got to be playing rugby somewhere, even if it does make a bit of a mockery of any/all “amateur” club competitions. Having no club loyalty whatsoever they must still be seen to be trying hard, since it is their livelihood at stake.
        I can only assume that come the advent of the Super Six set up then these guys will simply slot in at that level, alongside however many regional academy players are on the books plus a few other hopefuls. This would suggest to me that those Super Six squads are pretty much already picked and could simply be thrust upon the semi-pro franchises to be managed and run by their very own volunteers.
        Not sure I’m fully grasping the the theory or logic behind it, maybe I’m missing something, however I am but a simple rugby fan…who happens to be an analyst by trade!

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