Pro plus for Borders sides in player draft

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Borders Premiership clubs participated in this week’s professional player draft, with Hawick, Melrose and Gala sharing out Edinburgh Rugby’s pool with Boroughmuir, Edinburgh Accies and Heriot’s.

Scotland 7s players are also aligned to the pro-clubs.

Elite Development players are not part of the draft, while first-year professionals are automatically linked to the club from which they were signed.

Stephen Gemmell, Scottish Rugby’s acting head of academy, said: “The pro-player draft is an important part of our joint determination to close the gap between the top end of the club game and professional rugby. For the players, it means that when they are not involved in a match-day squad for their pro-club or Scotland 7s, then they can get game time and contribute to the well-being of their allocated club.For the clubs there’s a great opportunity to work with the professional players so that everyone can benefit.”

Edinburgh players linked to Borders clubs are: Hawick – Joaquin Dominguez, Ollie Atkins, Tomas Leonardi, Allan Dell, Tom Heathcote, Michael Tait, John Andress, Jack Cuthbert, Mike Coman and Grant Gilchrist; Gala – Brett Thompson, James Hilterbrand, Fraser McKenzie, Gregor Young, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Lewis Young, Grayson Hart, Anton Bresler and David Denton; Melrose – Damien Hoyland, Scott Wight, Wicus Blaauw, Sean Kennedy, James Johnstone, Dougie Fife, Willem Nel, Ross Ford and Andries Strauss.

Meanwhile, Selkirk’s Lee Jones, who has signed a new one-year deal with Glasgow, has been aligned to Stirling County.

As part of the agreement, the 26-year-old will also be available to play for Scotland 7s.