Ayr Rugby Football Club

Tomorrow Ayr travel to Myreside to face Watsonians in what will be the last action of the regular season.


The home side sit just outside of play-off contention in fifth place and will look to end their campaign on a high with a victory over league front-runners Ayr. A sold out Ladies lunch will only add to the atmosphere, with Myreside set to be rocking come kick-off time. They will take confidence from the last outing between the two sides when they secured a 20-25 win over Ayr at Millbrae in October. 

Wholesale changes from Peter Murchie sees a 'new look' XV start in the capital.

In the pack Ruairidh Sayce shifts to tight-head with Craig Miller coming onto the loose to mark his first start. Steven Longwell, who has started every game this season, moves to the bench. In the engine room Alfie North replaces Lars Morrice.

Blair Macpherson drops to the bench, with Cameron Reece at six. Tommy Spinks and skipper Pete McCallum complete the forwards at seven and eight respectively. 

A revamped backline sees Danny McCluskey shift to ten for Frazier Climo, who has a rare substitute appearance. James Pinkerton earns his first start for the 1XV at the same place he made his debut off the bench last season. 

Veteran Grant Anderson brings some experience into the midfield at 13, with Kyle Rowe and Jamie Bova on the wings. 

Paddy Dewhirst starts at his preferred position of full-back. 

Alex McGuire is among the substitutions alongside Jack Preston, who makes his long awaited 1XV return after a three year hiatus.

The 2XV are also in action at Myreside tomorrow when they face their Watsonian counterparts. Both games kick-off at 15.00 and if you can't make the trip to Edinburgh follow the action every step of the way on Twitter @OfficialAyrRFC. 


1XV: P. Dewhirst, K. Rowe, G. Anderson, J. Pinkerton, J. Bova, D. McCluskey, H. Warr; C. Miller, R. Smith, D. Corbenici, A. North, C. Reece, T. Spinks, P. McCallum (C).

Subs: A. McGuire, S. Longwell, B. Macpherson, J. Preston, F. Climo.


2XV: J. Armstrong, Z. Howard, H. Lynch, S. Graham, F. Bark, J. Rennie, C. Black; J. McDougall, L. White, B. Lyburn, K. Beck, J. Brown, S. Fenwick, E. Hamilton, R. Arthur.

Subs: G. Lynch, C. Stillie, S. McLarty, C. Peace.