In the last season before the Super Six kicks off the 10 BT Premiership teams have had their pick of Scotland’s professionals. 46 Glasgow Warriors along with 45 from Edinburgh and 14 Scotland 7s players have been drafted. Here’s how they break down by club:
Top 5 takeaways
- Hawick have gone big on locks – selecting 3 from Edinburgh’s boiler room to maximise their chances of having one available for the BT Premiership.
- Currie have gone even bigger though – 4 of Glasgow’s second rows plus Bob Harley who can comfortably play there as well. The current injury crisis in this area for the Warriors means the Chieftains may need to be patient before they get access to one of the big men though.
- Ayr have stacked up on front rows with two full sets drafted to potentially join former Warrior Pat MacArthur in the pink and black.
- Watsonians are winging it with 3 Edinburgh flyers and another couple from Scotland 7s among their selections.
- After his late arrival in Scotland, Warriors’ fans may get their first sighting of Tevita Tameilau when he pulls on a Currie jersey. At 6’5″ and 19 stone plus he’ll provide a fun afternoon for whoever has to play opposite him in the Premiership!
Last season Glasgow’s full-time pros played 82 matches for their club sides (add in Partnership Contract and Academy players and the total comes to 206). Alongside their Edinburgh colleagues they have a decent contribution to make on the playing side.
The connection to drafted clubs is often about more than just game time though. The very top tier of Scotland internationals selected are unlikely to pull on a jersey in anger for their club but they may still get down to help with a coaching session; meet the kids; attend a game.
For these lads there’s still the opportunity to put something back into the club game that in most cases made some contribution to their journey to the top.