Ayr Rugby Football Club

After two successful outings to start the Tennent's Premiership Peter Murchie's men now look to etch themselves onto the Bill McLaren Shield for a second time when they host Stirling County. 

To get your name on the Bill McLaren Shield you must win four consecutive games at home and after Ayr won it last year at the Greenyards they have successfully defended it against Marr, Hawick (both last season) and Currie Chieftains last weekend. The club's first and only time engraved on the trophy was back in the 2013 treble-winning season. As always the Cairdeas Quaich will also be up for grabs. 

After a slow start in the opening weekend Stirling County will be full of confidence having put 38 points on Edinburgh Accies last week.

There is two changes in the back line from the side that beat Chieftains last week with Craig Gossman returning to the 1XV and Dutch internationalist Amir Rademaker getting the nod at scrum-half. After coming off the bench in the last two league games and impressing at training it will be Rademaker's first start for the club.

Glasgow Warriors' Paddy Kelly and Robbie Nairn retain their starts at 13 and 14 respectively with Andrew Davidson starting in the pack. The only other change in the forwards is Euan McLaren who earns his first start for the 1XV.

On the bench Wolf Van Dijk could be set for his debut after some impressive performances for the 2XV. Fosroc Stage Three Academy player Stafford McDowall, who was instrumental in last year's campaign, returns from injury.

Kick-off is at 3pm and as always if you can't make it to Millbrae you can follow the action every step of the way on twitter @OfficialAyrRFC.

The second XV are also in action at home to County however a team is still to be confirmed.

1XV: G. Anderson, R. Nairn, P. Kelly, D. McCluskey (C), C. Gossman, F. Climo, A. Rademaker; S. Longwell, R. Smith, E. McLaren, A. Davidson, M. Sykes, D. Corbenici, T. Spinks, B. Macpherson.

Subs: A. McGuire, R. Sayce, W. Van Dijk, D. Armstrong, S. McDowall. 

 

Photo - George McMillian