From scottishrugby.org: Scotland’s rugby clubs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of proposals for a radical reshape of the domestic league programme which will shorten the season, reduce travel costs, help clubs to grow the game and retain players.
The scoreline above does not really do justice to what was a vastly improved performance by the Scotland team who could quite possibly (but not easily) have won this game. In the end, England’s wings showed a little more confidence on the ball than the players inside – who handed over a glut of possession to Scotland (some of which was handed straight back) – and finished a couple of simple tries to put the gloss on the score.
The Scotland under-20s have already left for their World Cup in Italy. In their ranks they have Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett and Stuart Hogg. They also, it must be said, go with mixed expectations.
I went along to the Scotland vs Ireland U20 international last night at Caledonian Stadium in Inverness. Despite sunny patches throughout the day, the weather really turned on the crowd and what was blustery at the start turned into a bit of a downpour just before halftime that sent the crowd scurrying for cover and flattened the atmosphere considerably.
Scotland U20s take on U20s up North this weekend, with kick off at 730pm and free entry hopefully it will be a big crowd like last year. More information can be found on the SRU site here.
Don’t forget to check out the posts A.D and I have been doing for ESPN’s scrum.com on the Six Nations campaign, but only if you want to.
Of more pressing concern is the news from New Zealand this week that the city of Christchurch has suffered a horrible natural disaster. The thoughts of all at Scottish Rugby Blog towers go out to the people of Christchurch and we wish them all the best on the long road to recovery. Talk of merriment is probably far from their minds right now but I am sure if their rugby men are indicative of the region’s spirit and durability they will bounce back stronger, and we hope to be able to drink a beer with some of them come September.
It has been confirmed that Scotland Sevens will be representing the land of wild haggis, Nessie and the Buckfast triangle at this years Commonwealth Games. Whether they will send the usual mix of academy players and the legend that is Colin Gregor, or whether they will turn out a team of pro-team ringers as they do at Murrayfield every year remains to be seen.