KIWI Isaac Feaunati will make a quick-fire debut for injury-hit

Melrose today after an energy-sapping journey half-way round the world.

The 22-year-old Feaunati, who was born in Western Samoa, played for

Wellington on Sunday in a Ranfurly Shield match, then boarded a plane

for Scotland.

He arrived in the Borders on Monday night after a gruelling 26-hour

journey and was immediately penned into the line-up for tonight's match

against Hawick at the Greenyards. He will be joined in the Melrose side

by fellow New Zealander Nick Broughton, who will be making his first

full appearance.

Feaunati replaces Andrew Redpath, sidelined by a knee injury, while

Broughton takes Stuart Inglis' place at open-side. Craig Joiner is also

out with a leg knock, and Craig Chalmers will take over the Melrose

kicking duties from Gary Parker for the derby.