Ayr Rugby Football Club

Pete Murchie's men will look to get back on track this weekend when they welcome Edinburgh Accies to Millbrae. Ayr started the season in historic fashion but after a spirited Watsonians side downed them last week know it's crucial to get back to winning ways.

Accies have struggled to adapt to life in the Tennents Premiership and are still on the hunt for their illusive first win. As we pass the half-way stage of the competition a dog fight brews at the bottom of the table, and Accies know just how valuable every point will be. 

The two sides have already met in this years competition- clashing at Raeburn Place on opening weekend. 

A tentative affair,r Accies managed to battle back in the second half from a whirlwind Ayr start, with the result balancing on a knife edge for much of the closing stages.

In the end Ayr managed to break away to secure all five points, 17-31. 

In the backs Amir Rademaker returns from injury to start at nine in place of David Armstrong.

Danny McCluskey moves to inside-centre with Stafford McDowall and Paddy Kelly both playing for the Warriors tonight in Swansea. McDowall earns his first start for the pro side.

After a long lay-off through injury Paddy Dewhirst impressed for the 2XV last week and starts on the wing.

Climo, Rowe, Smith and Anderson all retain their positions.

There is only one change in the pack with youngster Wolf van Dijk in at open side flanker. The dutch age-grade star has impressed all season for the 2XV and earns his first start. 

On the bench Craig Miller replaces Fosroc Stage Three Academy player Euan McLaren. A late change sees Jamie Bova replace Scott Lyle.

The 1XV kick-off at 3pm and you can follow the action every step of the way on Twitter @OfficialAyrRFC.

The 2XV are also in action tomorrow when they host Hamilton at Rozelle. The match kicks-off at the earlier time of 2pm.


1XV: G. Anderson, P. Dewhirst, O. Smith, D. McCluskey, F. Climo, K. Rowe, D. Armstrong; R. Sayce, A. McGuire, S. Longwell, D. Corbenici, A. North, T. Spinks, W. van Dijk, B. Macpherson (C).

Subs: S. Collier, C. Miller, C. Reece, H. Warr, J. Bova.


2XV: C. Black, J. Baird, Z. Howard, J. Rennie, G. Hutton, J. Pinkerton, J. Preston; B. Paterson, D. Bryce, C. Stillie, L. Scott, R. Arthur, S. Rae, G. Henry, P. McCallum.


Subs: K. Borland, L. Richardson, S. King.