A NEW career may soon dawn for GHK's Gordon McIlwham. A request has come through from Murrayfield that the 26-year-old prop should be tried out on the other side of the front row.

The powers that be have shown enough interest in his mobility for McIlwham to be included as replacement in the development squad for the match against Durham County at Prestonpans on Wednesday. So with that in mind he will play at left prop for GHK against Glasgow Academicals in the regional league match tomorrow at Old Anniesland.

McIlwham played at loose head this season for Glasgow when they beat Connacht last month, but that was an emergency selection. For a variety of reasons Glasgow had run out of loose-head props.

Jason Sharp, the Kilmarnock scrum half, also will play out of position tomorrow. On his comeback after injury his club will field him at full back against West of Scotland.

West will be without Gordon Bulloch and Guy Perrett. Both are taking a well-earned rest after a recent busy programme of representative rugby, most recently helping Glasgow to win the under-21 district championship.

However, West can still list four of that victorious team - Alan Bulloch, James Craig, Tony Greenshields, and David Jamieson.

Members of Scotland's winning team in Dublin will not be playing in club rugby tomorrow. They will be concentrating on the Murrayfield international against France next week, though the squad's replacements will be keeping sharp in club rugby.

Kenny Logan will play for Stirling against Wigtownshire at Stranraer, Craig Chalmers and Doddie Weir for Melrose against Kelso at the Greenyards, and Jim Hay for Hawick against Peebles at Mansfield Park, the first time those two Border clubs have met.

Stirling give young Gavin Spowage an outing at wing forward against Wigtownshire. He played for Glasgow's under-19 team last season.

Andrew Hay and Duncan Hodge, are on the way back after injury. Hay played for Ayr in the friendly against Biggar last week, and he will continue his comeback tomorrow against Glasgow Southern, while Hodge is back at fly half for Watsonians against Biggar at Myreside, having proved his recovery from shoulder damage by playing for the club's 2A XV last week.


GHK (v Glasgow Academicals, Old Anniesland) - G M Breckenridge; G D Caldwell, T J Sanderson, S Little, G F Hawkes; J McLeod, C E Little; G R McIlwham, C P Docherty, M C Blackie, N Adams, K A Wilson, S Unkles, M I Wallace, C Eason.

Ayr (v Glasgow Southern, Braidholm) - G Ferguson; S Magorian, T E Bottomley, R Good, A McCleane; A H R Hay, A Fairgrieve; N Short, J Lymburn, A S Crear, A N Other, D Moore, P Coslett, D Smith, A Kidd.

Kilmarnock (v West of Scotland, Bellsland) - J Sharp; M Welsh, P Gordon, S Jenkins, J W R Adams; A W McCall, K Sinclair; A Mawhinney, N McComiskey, G Smyth, G Duncan, J Larmour, A Steven, R S Carswell, S Allison.

West of Scotland - A C D Greenshields; M J A Craig, A Williamson, A J Bulloch, J M Craig; D N Barrett, F H Stott; P Wong, P Finlay, D A Jamieson, S G McKechnie, A Paterson, S Sheridan, J Shaw, F Munro.

Stirling County (v Wigtownshire, London Road) - C M Sangster; C C MacRobert, M N McGrandles, A M Fraser, K M Logan; M McKenzie, K G M Harper; J T Gibson, R Cairney, G B Robertson, M Norval, J S Hamilton, G T Mackay, G N Flockhart, G Spowage.

Gala (v Langholm, Netherdale) - D Changleng; M Moncrieff, C Townsend, M Stumbles, S W Paterson; G S Dalgleish, D A Paterson; G R Isaac, I Corcoran, H A Hunter, D T Weir, R B Hogg, M Tod, N J Crooks, J P Amos.

Hawick (v Peebles, Mansfield Park) - C W Turnbull; G W J Sharp, A G Stanger, D Grant, K L Suddon; W S Welsh, K W Reid; M Russell, J A Hay, B J McDonnell, A Barnes, I Elliot, A Imray, B L Renwick, G Harris.

Peebles - K Nisbet; C Farmer, S Clapperton, S Brockie, C Kerr; R Wilson, P Ryan; J Currie, C Murray, A T Jeffrey, W Napier, M Raeburn, A Cleghorn, D Gray, C Flannery.

Jed-Forest (v Selkirk, Riverside Park) - K A Amos; M Elder, A J Douglas, Barry Hughes, M A K Yule; C J Richards, G Renwick; N A McIlroy, C K Brown, G Kerr, A T I Dunnet, C R Hynd, J Szkudrow, R M Kirkpatrick, D Forster.

Selkirk - S Tomlinson; D W Hunter, M A Jaffray, S A Nichol, D Hulme; A B C Clark, A Lindores; B Johnston, D Graham, J R S McColm, K Sinclair, C Newton, S Hamilton, D Nichol, W Gentleman.

Melrose (v Kelso, Greenyards) - A C Redpath; N White, J G L Turnbull, I S Leighton, A Pruves; C M Chalmers, G A Parker; I W Cornwall, S Scott, M G Browne, R R Brown, S A Aitken, A J Kerr, I Feaunati, N Broughton.

Kelso - G J Aitchison; S Ross, G Laing, B Manion, J Thomson; S Tait, I T Fairley; J Ramage, D Scott, D Howlett, S C M Rowley, A Stewart, S Bennet, A J Roxburgh, C Meade.

Boroughmuir (v Haddington, Neilson Park) - N R Mardon; D A Stark, D L Laird, C J Finnie, A R McLean; A Knight, S Thom; S Anderson, D Cunningham, C Marr, P T Jennings, C W Hunter, C McFarlane, D G Burns, N McCallum.

Watsonians (v Biggar, Myreside) - R Cowan; F M Henderson, M J M Mayer, A R Garry, J A Kerr; D W Hodge, E J W Weston; T J Smith, K Hay, J Waddell, S D Grimes, G McRaild, C M Mather, C Brown, I W Sinclair.

Currie (v Musselburgh, Malleny Park) - D Wilson; C Robertson, M J Plumb, W M Tonkin, S Forrester; A Donaldson, D Rogerson; D Massey, D G Ellis, C Boyd, G Hamilton, S Dunn, F Thompson, B W Ward, S Logan.

Heriot's FP (v Grangemouth, Glensburgh) - S D Lang; N Lee, I C Glasgow, D J Stoddart, E Bunney; N Thomas, D Fowler; M W Livingstone, C Turnbull, S W Paul, P T Young, D Paton, I Shand, A K Dall, R P Lockhart.

Kirkcaldy (v Corstorphine, Beveridge Park) - J R Mitchell; N C Renton, R Mitchell, J W Thomson, D A Reddick; K D Ferguson, M B Mitchell; W D Anderson, A D Black, D J Herrington, I Brocklebank, C J Douglas, S T Hannah, C J Macdonald, A D Henderson.

Hillhead/Jordanhill (v Edinburgh University, Pefermill) - D Muir; C Wilson, M Lee, B Stewart, P Assur; S Weston, K G G Robertson; W Bateman, D Philips, F McCormick, B O'Neill, J McCormick, J McConnel, T J McPhee, S Hay.

Hutchesons'/Aloysians (v St Boswells, Jenny Moores Park) - G Reid; P Bardelli, E Baillie, J McNamara, A Crosthwaite; J Doughty, G A Inglis; S Lightbody, D Orr, R K Hastings, C Kyle, C G Scott, T Carmichael, K McKay, B Davey.

Ardrossan Academicals (v Aberdeen GS FP, Memorial Field) - M Henry; A Dunlop, K Scott, N Mathieson, T Rodgers; M Hogarth, D Corcoran; C Jackson, B Campbell, A Anderson, C Allison, A Hogarth, C Brown, M Kier, J Heighton.

q GLASGOW High face a tough game tomorrow when they play George Watson's College at Myreside.Since Christmas, 1993, Watson's have lost only two games a period, which Roy Mack, head of physical education at the College, describes as ``something of a purple patch.''