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Rugby: Hooker hands Meggetland club cup fillip

Former Edinburgh hooker Sean Crombie has given Boroughmuir a boost ahead of tomorrow's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Dundee at Meggetland (12 noon) by committing his future to the club.

The 24-year-old has settled back into the Premiership scene after a spell at Newcastle Falcons and said: "It would take something drastic - or brilliant - to keep me away from extending my stay with Boroughmuir.

"I'm at the stage where I have to start looking outwith full-time rugby for employment and maybe try to use a personal training qualification. I was offered the chance to go back in at Edinburgh Rugby but it wasn't on a basis I felt comfortable with. Similarly I needed something more permanent to keep me at Newcastle.

"So, partly because of the support I've had from Boroughmuir coach Fergus Pringle when opportunities to play at the higher level arose I'll be delighted to stay and play a part in developing some tremendous talent.

"Fergus was unselfish enough to encourage me jump at a short-term deal with Newcastle to see if it led on anything. Now I'm back and I've found young props such as Jonny Latta and Nick Fraser have come on leaps and bounds.

"Robin Hislop and Harry Leonard are other prospects who'll still be eligible for Scotland under-20s next season so although there are times when they'll be absent on representative duty we have the makings of a team that can really challenge for this Scottish Cup."

Due to a fixture backlog the cup clash will also count for league points, with Dundee waiving home advantage in the knowledge that no Premier A title or relegation issues are affected.

Crombie said: "We have beaten Dundee already in the league and the performance at Hawick last time out when we won 39-10 was one of the best of the season. Unfortunately I was carried off with an ankle injury after five minutes and I really feared a fracture but things have turned out to be best case scenario and I can't wait to get back involved - even with a noon kick-off. We'll have to be wary, though, because Dundee have one of the best attacks in the league."

With Tom Bury on Scotland sevens duty there is a wing call-up for Jordan Webster while up front Josh Duley gets a first start in a pack that has Derek O'Riordan at second row for the unavailable Ally Davidson.

Dundee welcome back club international prop Alan Brown to the bench after a neck injury and coach Ian Rankin said: "There is everything to play for with not only a home semi-final at stake but also league points."

The winners of tomorow's match will face either West, Glasgow Hawks or Ayr.

Currie's bid for a first cup triumph takes them to Hawick, where they last lost a domestic fixture back in October.

James Johnstone and Finlay Gillies are away with the Scotland Sevens team but there are other reasons why coach Ally Donaldson is wary.

He said: "Hawick have already beaten us 9-11 at Mansfield Park and will be confident of a repeat."

At full-back is Tom Brown who will be hoping to celebrate his new two-year contract with Edinburgh in the grand manner. Both Edinburgh and Currie are benefiting from the services of a player given high praise this week by Lions and Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair, who followed the same pathway at Edinburgh Academy.

Blair said: "I watched Tom come through in the same school team as my younger brother Alex and the first thing that struck me was his bravery in the tackle. He has added to his game and has a counter-attacking edge while continuing to work hard on his kicking game as well."

Winners of the tie will be at home to the winners of Heriot's against Melrose, who meet at Goldenacre on Sunday. No Heriot's team details are available.

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