AYRSHIRE Bulls and Heriot’s became the first two Super6 teams to unveil their full squad lists, ahead of the league coming out of its Covid-induced 16-month hibernation a week today.

The two franchises, who were supposed to face each other in the play-off semi-final of the inaugural season before the pandemic took its toll, are expecting to be among the leading contenders again this coming season.

Heriot’s kick off their 2021 campaign with an away match against Boroughmuir Bears next Friday, while Ayrshire Bulls host Watsonians – the top dogs 2019-20 – on Sunday 1stAugust, with that match being shown live on FreeSports.

“Our aim is to improve these players so that they can not only win matches but catch the eye of the Edinburgh and Glasgow coaches, to go on to earn professional contracts and one day pull on the Scottish jersey,” said Heriot’s head coach Andrew Kelly.

“Our squad has a mix of young Scots with some older heads, and there is quality dotted throughout,” said Ayrshir Bulls head coach Pat MacArthur. “Blair Macpherson will be the captain; he’s constantly been outstanding and has been one of our leaders for a long time.”

Ayrshire Bulls 

Forwards: Michael Scott, George Thornton, Alexander McGuire, Rhodri Tanner, Calvin Henderson, Ruairidh Sayce, Craig Miller,Edward Bloodworth, Tom Everard, Ewan Bulger, Peter McCallum, Ryan Sweeney, Yaree Fantini, Gavin Wilson, Blair Macpherson ©, Jamie Drummond*, Alex Samuel*, Rory Jackson*.

Backs: Harry Warr, Jordan Lenac, Matt Minogue, Tom Jordan, Tom Williams, Tom Lanni, Robert Beattie, Aaron Tait, Elias Caven, Robbie Nairn, Gavin Lowe, Matthew Davidson, Christian Townsend*, Finlay Callaghan*.


Forwards: Andrew Nimmo, Chris Keen, Struan Cessford, Josh Scott, Michael Liness, Cameron Fenton, Adam Sinclair, Ronan Seydak, Ruairidh Leishman, Fraser Hastie, Callum Marshall, Jack Mann, Iain Wilson©, Jack McClean, Jason Hill, Michael Jones*, Dan Gamble*, Jamie Campbell*.

Backs: Lloyd Wheeldon, Alex Ball, Bruce Houston, Stuart Edwards, Robert Kay, Cammy Hutchison, Ross Jones, Rory McMichael, James Spencer, Callum Young, Robbie Chalmers, James Couper, Ben Evans*, Matt Russell*.

*FOSROC Contracted Academy Player