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NEIL McIlroy, Jed-Forest's district prop, will not be playing rugby at

least until after he has had a brain scan to ascertain why he has been

suffering occasional black-outs. Consequently, he has had to drop out

from the South's XV for the under-21 district championship match against

Edinburgh at Poynder Park tomorrow evening.

Ken McCall returns as understudy at loose head, and his Gala

colleague, Neil Crooks, will be fit to play even though he had to be

replaced at Stirling on Saturday. The flanker was winded in

that club championship match, though his injury seemed worse at the


Victory tomorrow would allow the Borderers to retain the title.

Edinburgh, however, will be close to full strength, with just one change

from the team who beat North and Midlands by 24-3 last month. Russell

Adam, the Edinburgh Academicals threequarter who has already played for

the North-Midlands senior XV this season, takes over on the left wing as

Currie's Scott Forrester has a hamstring injury.

For the other championship match tomorrow, the Glasgow v North and

Midlands game at Hughenden, Murray Wallace returns to the home team

after having missed the defeat by the South last month because of

concussion. The Glasgow High/ Kelvinside flanker takes over from

Stirling's Derek Gibbons, who is having to concentrate on examinations.

North and Midlands have four changes in personnel from the team who

lost 20-12 to the South last week. Neil Ritchie and Scott Fraser join

the pack, Stephen McLaughlin comes in on the

left wing, and Andrew Waddell returns at stand-off with David Hunter

switching to centre. Both games will kick off at 7pm.

Glasgow -- C T MacDonald; A S M Turner, D R D Pulfrey, R Mailer (all

Stirling County), M Ross (West of Scotland); A H R Hay (Glasgow High/

Kelvinside), F Stott (West of Scotland); J A Couper (GHK), K D McKenzie

(Stirling County), captain, G T MacKee (GHK), D A Jackson

(Hillhead-Jordanhill), S J Simcox (Hutchesons'), C H Brown (Stirling

County), G T Mackay (Glasgow Academicals), M I Wallace (GHK).

North and Midlands -- J Clark (Aberdeen University); M Hopley (St

Andrews University), D W Hunter (Selkirk), G Jessop (Gordonians), S

McLaughlin (Aberdeen GS FP); A A W Waddell, S M Simmers, captain (both

Aberdeen University); W Anderson (Kirkcaldy), S Fraser (Highland), G M

Kenhard (Heriot's FP), C Hankin (Aberdeen University), D Farmer

(Dunfermline), K M Dobson (Aberdeen University), N Ritchie (Dundee HS

FP), G Hannah (Kirkcaldy).

Edinburgh -- S R Maclean (Corstorphine); F Henderson (Trinity

Academicals), A R McRobbie (Heriot's FP), C T Simmers (Edinburgh

University), D R W Adam (Edinburgh Academicals); M Walker (Boroughmuir),

N S Burnett (Edinburgh University); A B McMurray (Watsonians), G

McKelvey (Haddington), P H Wright (Boroughmuir), captain, J G Mathieson

(Watsonians), S W Paul (Heriot's FP), B Ward (Leith Academicals), G A R

Simpson (Heriot's FP), A Elms (Currie).

WILLIE Bark was omitted by Kilmarnock on Saturday after he had missed

training earlier in the week. The club, however, restore him for the

River Series Trophy tie against Clarkston at Braidholm tonight (kick-off

7 o'clock).

Brian Gilbert, the Kilmarnock coach, was blunt about his decision to

leave the wing out. ''Why should I stand out in the rain for two hours

if players are not prepared to come out to train?'' It was a statement

rather than a question.

Scott Grant took over on the left wing for the second-division match

against Musselburgh at Bellsland and scored a try in the 14-13 win. He

is, however, unavailable tonight, and Bark has been recalled, if not


Fraser Macnaughton, Kilmarnock's other try-scorer on Saturday, also

misses the cup-tie. As parish minister in Fenwick, the former Glasgow

full back has kirk duties to attend to every Tuesday, and Alan Hill

fills the vacancy. Teams:

Clarkston -- J Willock; B Middler, J Burk, S McKean, J L Price; F G E

McCready, A M Carle; A McIlwham, I Laidlaw, G McIlwham, A Tunn, J S

Hamilton, S McFadyen, D Landsburgh, A M MacDougall.

Kilmarnock -- A Hill; G S Agnew, A Agnew, D K M Glen, W Bark; E R J

Stewart, B G Yates; J Miller, H C Jackson, A Smith, S Kerr, R Weir, A

King, R S Carswell, K Young.

CRAWFORD McGuffie not only scored all of Ayr's points in the 15-21

defeat by Jed-Forest at Millbrae on Saturday but the Scotland B centre

also became the club's third player to reach a century for the season.

He now has 110, Grant Steel 106, and Derek Stark 104 from the 26 tries

with which he leads that list. Leading scorers:

Points -- M Walker (Boroughmuir) 313; C T MacDonald (Stirling County)

302; P W Dods (Gala) 284; P J Hewitt (Heriot's FP) 283; I J Ramsey

(Melrose) 268; C W Gass (Hawick) 251; A Donaldson (Currie) 246; A B M

Ker (Kelso) 245; D N Barrett (West of Scotland) 218; G J McKechnie

(Jed-Forest) 186; R L Pow (Selkirk) 184; B W Gibson (Dalziel HS FP), E R

J Stewart (Kilmarnock) 166 each; D C Cameron (Glasgow Academicals) 163;

P D Steven (Heriot's FP) 162; F Duncan (Edinburgh Wanderers) 158.

Tries -- D A Stark (Ayr) 26; M Moncrieff (Gala) 24; A Moore (Edinburgh

Academicals) 23; A G Stanger (Hawick) 22; D R Robeson (Kelso) 21; S

Forrester (Currie), P J Hewitt (Heriot's FP) 20 each; C J Macartney

(Boroughmuir), P D Steven (Heriot's FP) 18 each; A A Purves (Melrose)

17; M R DeBusk, M Walker (both Boroughmuir), D W Brown (Ayr), J Jeffrey,

C Millar (both Kelso), R M Kirkpatrick (Jed-Forest), D J Stoddart

(Heriot's FP) 15 each.

Club tries -- Boroughmuir 146; Gala 127; Stirling County 126; Heriot's

FP 106; Currie, Kelso 105 each; Melrose 103; Edinburgh Wanderers 102;

Ayr, Jed-Forest 95 each; Edinburgh Academicals 93.

FIVE Ayrshire boys have been included in Scotland's XV for the

under-15 schools international against Wales at Pontypool on Friday,

April 1. The team is:

C J Murray (Knox Academy); R N Dale (Kyle Academy), S M Little (Marr

College), R S Kelly (George Watson's College), J B Chalmers (Galashiels

Academy); D J Lee (Kyle Academy), C F Orsi (Kelvinside Academy); S W M

Hayward (Galashiels Academy), J I Ramage (Kelso HS), R D Eccles (Glasgow

Academy), S Wylie (Belmont Academy), M Brennan (Kelso HS), F R Dalgleish

(North Berwick HS), D R Thompson (Hutchesons' GS), captain, D J Bryden

(Belmont Academy).

MELROSE and Gala have moved their Scotch Beef Border League match

forward from Saturday to Friday with a 4.30pm kick-off at the

Greenyards. The host club have to win to keep alive their challenge to

force a play-off with Hawick for the title.

SCOTTISH Students take on their French counterparts in Paris on

Friday, the final match before they meet the USSR tourists at Hughenden

on April 4. The team for Paris is:

G Dodd (St Andrews University); J F Swanson (Heriot-Watt University),

A C McGuffie (Glasgow University), D W Caskie (West London Institute), C

Kelly; C T Simmers (both Edinburgh University), S Jardine (South

Glamorgan Institute); S A Baird (Glasgow University), B W Gilchrist

(Guildford College), A Stratton (Edinburgh University), E M Simpson

(Royal Dick Veterinary College), N Harris (Aberdeen University), J

Robertson (Napier Polytechnic), A C Murray (Manchester University), S

McGinty (Edinburgh University).

FRANCE plan to call on the experience of several internationalists,

including present captain Pierre Berbizier, former captain Daniel

Dubroca and current national coach Jacques Fouroux, in their build-up to

the 1991 world cup which will be held in France and Britain. The French

finished runners-up to New Zealand at the first event, staged in

Australia and New Zealand in 1987.

GLASGOW High/Kelvinside have been left without a game on Saturday as

their intended opponents, Hutchesons,' have a rearranged league game

against Peebles. Any club interested in filling the GHK fixture gap

should telephone Kenneth Fettes at 041 339 0669.