The draft of players from Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh and the Scotland 7s squad to the ten premiership clubs was announced on Friday afternoon and Ayr have been allotted some familiar and exciting names.
Former Ayr centre Mark Bennett could once again pull on the pink and black jersey, as could James Eddie (back row) , Ed Kalman (prop) and Ruaridh Jackson (fly-half), who all featured in matches last season. Also in the draft are prop Jerry Yanuyanutawa, back row Ryan Wilson, Fijian flier Niko Matawalu, hooker Dougie Hall, Warriors captain Al Kellock and British and Irish Lion Stuart Hogg.
Ayr head coach Peter Laverie is delighted with the draft.
"It's a good thing for professionals to get the chance to play with club players and vice-versa and it’s extremely important that we have a good connection between the clubs and the professional teams."
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