Scotland Stay Home in the Autumn
With ticket sales pretty healthy this year for Scotland matches and the horror (and cold) of Tonga at Pittodrie still fresh in the mind, Scotland’s opening 2013 Autumn Test against Japan will be played at Murrayfield Stadium.
The match, on Saturday 9 November with a 2.30pm kick-off, will be the fourth occasion the countries have met in a cap international. The game against Japan is the first in a series which will see Scotland face South Africa on Sunday 17 November (3pm) and Australia on Saturday 23 November (6pm), also at Murrayfield.
Best joins Lions
Ireland hooked Rory Best has joined up with the lions after another of Dylan Hartley’s ill-timed disciplinary meltdowns. As most folk thought Best was probably extremely unlucky to miss out – probably top of the “WhatTheHell?” list to a certain extent it seems like justice has been done all round.
Scottish Coaches to Further Knowledge Abroad
Scottish rugby coaches will have the chance, this summer, to further their knowledge and experience in coaching performance rugby. Some nine club, age-grade and professional coaches have been appointed to undertake three different opportunities.
They are Shade Munro (Glasgow Warriors) and Alex Duncan (Aberdeen Grammar and Scotland under-18) who will travel to Christchurch as part of the John MacPhail Scholarship; Gordon Henderson (Scotland under-18) who will attend the IRB Talent Optimisation Programme at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Kenny Murray (Ayr), Peter Laverie (Ayr), Phil Smith (Heriot’s), Grant McKelvey (senior regional academy manager), Gary Mercer (regional academy coach and Scotland under-16) and Chris Dewsnap (regional academy coach and Scotland under-17) who will be present at the 6 Nations Coaching Conference in Rome.
The opportunities will be undertaken between June and July this summer.