SCOTLAND will attempt to wrestle back a prestigious trophy from Ireland in a two-legged competition at the end of the month.

Full-back Grant Mollison and prop Craig Owenson have been named in the Scotland Club XV’s training squad ahead of a double header against their Irish counterparts.

Scotland host the home leg at Netherdale in Galashiels next Friday (January 31) before heading to Donnybrook, Dublin, for the reverse fixture the following week.

The squad, which is made up purely of players from teams competing in the Tennent’s Premiership, will be looking to win back the Dalriada Cup from holders Ireland, with the winner decided by the aggregate score over the two matches.

Mollison, who turned 26 on Saturday, said: “My coach told me he was going to put me forward for the squad.

“It was nice to get the recognition and obviously I must be doing something right. It is the best players in the league and it is a nice feeling to have your coach and other coaches feel you are doing well.”

The training squad will be trimmed down from 35 to 28, with a matchday squad of 23 plus five reserves.

Mollison, who is originally from Haddington, moved from the area to study engineering at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Now, the project manager with a renewable energy company is in his fourth season with GHA, who sit seventh in the league.

He expected the Scots to be underdogs for the two games but was hopeful of springing a surprise.

The squad took part in a training session before Christmas and had a further training session earlier this week.

Mollison, who previously played for Haddington RFC, and Musselburgh RFC’s Owenson will be hoping to make the cut.

Owenson is one of six props in the training camp but only four are expected to be picked for the two matchday squads.

The 29-year-old said: “It is really good and quite exciting.

“I was not particularly planning on playing at the Premiership level again and it has been quite a challenging year for Musselburgh.

“It was quite a surprise to be selected for the squad.”

Owenson, who lives in Newcraighall, also picked out Ireland as favourites but was keen to do his bit to try to bring the trophy back to Scotland.

He said: “I am guessing Ireland will be favourites, purely based on the fact Scotland has lost the Super Six boys out the top end of the squad.

“Our squad might not be quite as strong but there are a lot of the guys in the current squad who would be capable of moving up to Super Six.

“Fingers crossed I can be involved and I am more than willing to help the squad in any way I can.”

Scott Wight, head coach of the squad, said: “It was really hard to narrow the group down to the 35 players that were selected.

“There have been a number of players who have impressed throughout the Tennent’s Premiership this season, so there were some tough decisions to be made in key areas.

“We feel we have an excellent balance in the squad and that was evident in the first training session.

“The hard work starts now for everyone as we head into the first game against Ireland at Netherdale.”