Dalziel’s also an optimist

Melrose back-row John Dalziel has been selected to skipper the Co-optimists squad in their festive fixture against Edinburgh Accies.

The invitational side will take on Simon Cross’ Premier B men at Raeburn Place on Tuesday, December 28 at 2pm.

The squad has been selected from Premier A and B teams with co-operation from the Scotland club international coaches so they can run the rule over players ahead of matches in February and March. Scott Wight and Fraser Thomson, also Melrose, have also been selected.

Co-optimists squad – Backs: Tom Brown, Dougie Fife, Richard Snedden, Matt Scott (all Currie), Grant Anderson, Ross Curle (both Ayr), Craig Gossman, Dean Kelbrick (both Glasgow Hawks), Scott Wight, Fraser Thomson (both Melrose), Andy Dymock (Dundee HSFP).

Forwards: John Dalziel (Melrose), Ross Weston, Ally Hamilton, Finlay Gillies (all Currie), Robbie Colhoun, Andy Dunlop, Gordon Reid (all Ayr), Danny Levison, Alan Brown (both Dundee HSFP), Scott Burnett, Alan Dymock (both Heriot’s), Nick Campbell, Eric Milligan (both Glasgow Hawks), Grant Gilchrist (Stirling County).