Rugby: Currie know Musselburgh won't lie down for cup tie

CURRIE will tomorrow attempt to move nearer to a Scottish Youth Cup double when they visit Musselburgh for an under-18 tournament quarter-final at Stoneyhill (7.30pm).

The Malleny Park outfit have already captured the under-15 title with victory over West but will undoubtedly be treading warily having lost 29-24 to Musselburgh under-18s in a league match in October.

However, Currie will take confidence from the return from representative duty of props Denis Pech and Andy Philip along with hooker Fergus Scott and second row Calum Ormiston.

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The prize for the winners is a semi-final trip to Aberdeen Grammar FPs.

In the other half of the draw Boroughmuir will host GHA while Haddington take on Dumfries.

Already crowned Lothians league champions, Boroughmuir include Scotland caps Adam de la Croix at flanker and William Kay at second row while the promising Ross Peacock skippers the side from full back.

Haddington are expected to try to impose themselves up front when they tackle Dumfries (6.30).

• FANS' organisation the Forum of Scottish Rugby Supporters are calling for a root and branch change to the domestic league structure.

In a paper, they say: "Under the so-called 'pyramid' league system used elsewhere, England has just one national league below its Guinness Premiership professional level, Wales two and Ireland three. Scotland, with a far smaller club base, stands as odd man out with its six national leagues requiring teams to crisscross the country for fixtures which many players cannot give the time to."

It is claimed switching to a linear league in Scotland would lead to a 45 per cent reduction in travel costs across just four of Scotland's 15 leagues, an annual saving of 47,000 miles of coach travel.

The proposal is also critical of clubs' insistence on having 12-team leagues, requiring 22 annual fixtures, which has long been questioned because it over-extends the season.

• EDINBURGH Northern will host their annual seven-a-side tournament sponsored by Blyth and Blyth at Inverleith park on Saturday.