KEVIN McKenzie finally makes his district debut this season, the Stirling County hooker displacing his clubmate Rob Cairney in the North and Midlands side to face Edinburgh at Meggetland on Friday night.

McKenzie is joined by fellow Bridgehaugh men Mark McKenzie and Kenny Harper at half back, lock Stewart Hamilton and No.8 Gareth Flockhart, all of whom return to the district side after missing the match against Scottish Exiles at Rubislaw last Sunday.

Flockhart comes in for the luckless Martin Waite, who had a useful match against the Exiles.

Other than the return of the Stirling players and the consequent reversion to the side that played against South, the only change is at right wing where Neil Renton is preferred to Simon Burns. North and Midlands side:

R Shepherd (Melrose); N Renton (Kirkcaldy), P Rouse (Dundee HSFP), A Carruthers (Kirkcaldy), J Kerr (Watsonians); M McKenzie (Stirling County), K Harper (Stirling County); W Anderson (Stirling County), K McKenzie (Stirling County), D Herrington (Kirkcaldy), S Grimes (Watsonians), S Hamilton (Stirling County), D McIvor (Edinburgh Acads) captain, G Flockhart (Stirling County), R Wainwright (West Hartlepool).Replacements: S Burns (Edinburgh Academicals), B Easson (Boroughmuir), M Fraser (Stirling County), M Waite (Edinburgh Academicals), A Penman (Grangemouth), R Cairney (Stirling County).

q LAST night's under-21 inter-district championships - North/Midlands v Scottish Exiles and Edinburgh v South - were postponed because of heavy frost on the back pitch at Murrayfield.

A statement issued by the Scottish Rugby Union said: ``Endeavours were made to find an alternative venue, but without success.

``The international pitch has not been on stand-by for these particular matches.''

The main pitch at Murrayfield, however, will be on stand-by for the senior inter-district championship matches on Friday (North and Midlands v Scottish Exiles) and Sunday (South v Glasgow).

q NEW Zealand wing Jonah Lomu, who dashed England's World Cup dream by scoring four tries in their semi-final clash, has been voted player of the year by the Rugby Writers' Club.