Boroughmuir may be their home club but Iain Moody and Alex Cox know they could get a mixed reaction when the GB7s series rolls into Meggetland on Saturday.
Moody, 25-year-old opted to play for reigning champions Samurai in the three-round ‘Best of Britain’ tournament. Alex Cox has been with Graham Shiel’s Scottish Thistles outfit.
Moody commented: “It will be an interesting situation playing against the Thistles at Meggetland,” he said. “It’s my home club so hopefully I’ll get some of the home support on my side. But if we come up against the Thistles I’m sure I’ll be in for some stick.
“There’ll be a few family and friends there and Meggetland is a great ground for it. If we get the right weather we should have a few people coming along to make it a great party atmosphere.
“Thistles are looking really good and are a great bunch of boys who work really hard for each other. They have trained well and I’ve been involved in some of that as I am an institute player with Scotland.”
Thistles, captained by Edinburgh Accies’ Nyle Godsmark, were the surprise package in the opening round and their only defeat at Saracens’ Allianz Park was at the hands of Samurai in the final. Alex Cox has been a stand out player for the Thistles, taking every opportunity on offer.
But being on home soil could see them bring in a few new faces as they look to go one better.
Scotland 7s star Gregor Young and the experienced Dougie Flockhart were in the squad last weekend and Moody is happy to be rubbing shoulders with those who have made a career out of the game.
Moody said: “Playing alongside some of these players, as well as playing against them, is great as you pick things up all the time. I used to play at the same club as Andrew Skeen and have learnt a lot from him over the years.
“And there is definitely a pathway from GB7s – we have seen it with Jack Walsh playing for England after turning out for Samurai and Nyle Godsmark has played for Scotland after starting last year’s GB7s series. There is a direct path as this is the highest level you can play outside of international rugby.
“It is a really good standard and a bit of a step-up from Scotland – it is akin to playing semi-finals and finals in the Borders. In GB7s every game is a hard game when you cannot take anything for granted otherwise you will be punished. On the circuit, you can get away with a little complacency in the opening rounds.”
The action starts at 1pm on Saturday with Scottish Thistles taking on Crawshays Welsh in the opening match. Tickets are available from the gate.