Couper ready to try and fulfil his potential

RORY COUPER today savoured Boroughmuir’s latest "player of the month" award then insisted there was more to come - starting with this weekend’s visit to Peebles in BT Premiership Division One.

The 23-year-old wing ace has earned club supporters’ recognition on the basis of displays which include three tries from five starts.

And, as ’Muir settle into their anticipated title challenge following a 33-6 win over Currie, fitness instructor Couper sees latest successes as merely the start of bigger things to come both for the club and himself.

"It has taken time for Boroughmuir to settle following the loss of stand-off Ally Warnock to Edinburgh Rugby but now that Alan Sievewright has recovered fitness we have a specialist in the position which stands us in better stead for the weeks ahead," said Couper.

On the personal level Couper feels he is ready to push for a pro contract once more.

"Earlier in my career I was training at professional level only for sessions to clash with university classes which had to take priority for me," said the former Scotland under-19 captain. "I didn’t want rugby to ruin my degree but now that I have graduated in sports science I am in a better position to try to take whatever chances to step up that come my way."

Previously Couper was being monitored by Glasgow Rugby.

He added: "At one stage I was advised to bulk up but this policy did not tie in with being a winger as I lost speed.

"Now I’m comfortable with my routine and while I may have been forgotten about and missed my chance the aim is to serve a reminder and fulfil an ambition to become a pro.

"There really is nothing I’d like to do more than play professionally."

Such a balanced approach is typical of a player held in high regard by many shrewd judges and one who has an impressive rugby pedigree having also had spells playing in New Zealand and South Africa where he benefited from a club exchange scheme involving the Glenwood club.

He adds: "Having represented Scotland from under-18s through to student level I’d love to start moving forward again now that I’m settled into working with the Next Generation Club, where fitness instruction and personal training duties sit well with rugby goals."

Meanwhile, Watsonians coach Gary Callander today paid tribute to departing second row Brian King insisting that whoever filled the boots of the USA-bound player would have a hard act to follow. King made his last appearance for the club in Saturday’s visit to Heriot’s but is expected to continue playing when he marries on the other side of the Atlantic and settles down.

"From this weekend’s home meeting with Aberdeen GSFP onwards we will be sorry to see Brian King go because he has proved a stalwart who really grasped the nettle and adapted to what was required.

"Significantly he did it himself because a coach can only ever advise but Brian improved almost with every outing and he will be welcome back in any side I am associated with," said Callander, who finally expects Andy Turnbull to be made available by Borders this weekend.

Turnbull was lined-up to appear for ’Sonians under the pro team release scheme a fortnight ago until the arrangement fell through at short notice.

But Callander is hopeful the winger will make a timely return with Marcus di Rollo heading the other way into the Edinburgh set-up. "Turnbull will slot into our side while, thankfully, an injury to Alan Nash is not proving as serious as first thought," said Callander.

Full-back Nash, Premiership Division One top scorer with seven touchdowns, suffered an elbow knock against Heriot’s.

Callander added: "Alan should be available this weekend for an ideal bounce-back match after defeat because in looking to re-enter the title race ourselves we will be facing the leaders."