Phil Smith’s Comments On Selection & Game
Only James Spencer, Rhuaridh Leishman and Callum Marshall are unavailable through injury. Dan Nutton is unavailable due to being drafted up to Edinburgh. So, we have selected a group based on training/preseason performance. However, to be fair to everyone, who have all been excellent in the extended preseason, we have informed the boys of the starting XV’s for the first 3 games so all will be starting during our first 3 games.
While it will feel like we are playing our recent final rivals, the changes in squads means this will be a different contest, as we are both going in blind. That being said, there is a real buzz of anticipation throughout the squad and I am hoping we will see evidence of their hard work over the past few months. If we do I am hoping we will see similar matches to the 2 high level finals played back in April, only with a different outcome.
There will be first competitive caps for Andrew Nimmo, Chris Keen,
Dan Gamble, Ronan Seydak, Cameron Hutchison, James Couper and Jack Mann.