Category: World of Rugby

News from around the game, ie outwith Scotland.

World Cup Groups Finalised

Romania sealed the deal with a 39-12 win over Uruguay, and made their way as the final qualifier into Group B along with Georgia, Scotland, Argentina and England. As the event draws near, we will of course delve more deeply into the issues surrounding Scotland’s requirements for continuing the record of qualification from the group stages. And by delve, I mean make jokes about England and the All Blacks.

Factoid du jour: Georgia are coached by Scotsman and formal Scottish national coach Richie Dixon. Andy Robinson of course has also previously coached group opposition in the form of England.

Thom Evans Officially Retires

Although this was to a large part announced last year by club and country, the man himself has finally called time on his rugby career having been assured that a comeback would be medically not very clever. I’m gutted for Thom that he won’t be able to stage the comeback it sounds like he wanted to, and we wish him all the best for whatever he chooses to do next.

SRU Article

We’ll miss his zip on the wing next Saturday, that’s for sure.

Welcome to the EMC Computer Systems (UK) Limited Autumn Internationals

A new large-named and largely unheard of sponsor was announced for Scotland’s Autumn Tests, to replace the usual bank. I suppose from that point of view it is a change, and less for the anti-banking lobby to whinge about. I’d be quite happy for them to spend my tax pounds sponsoring Scottish Rugby. Pothole, what pothole?

Vote for the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame

You may be aware, through the Scottish Rugby website or newspaper articles, that Scottish Rugby is setting up its first official Hall of Fame to celebrate the glittering contribution made by Scots to the oval ball game over the years.

Eleven of the first twelve inductees to the Hall of Fame will be chosen by a panel comprising five times British and Irish Lions coach, Sir Ian McGeechan, fellow British Lions and Scotland internationalists John Beattie, John Jeffrey and Chris Rea, and the doyen of Scottish rugby writers, Norman Mair.

The final coveted place in the first ever Hall of Fame will be chosen by US, the Scotland supporting rugby public! The panel have drawn up a shortlist of outstanding Scots from the 1990s and the one to be inducted in November will be the one with the highest number of votes registered on the Scottish Rugby website. You have until 30 September to cast your vote.

The player you choose will then join the other 11 inductees selected by the panel to be announced at the inaugural Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, at Murrayfield on Thursday 4 November. It promises to be a spectacular evening, brimming with Scotland players past and present, with Edinburgh-born rugby fan Rory Bremner coming along as guest speaker.

And you could be there as a guest of Scottish Rugby, as everyone who casts a vote will be entered into a Prize Draw for two tickets to the glittering Gala Dinner!


Scotland Sevens Squad For Delhi

A pretty strong squad of sevens veterans has been chosen to represent Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October. Also in the mix are the currently unattached Dave Callam and Edinburgh’s new signings Alex Blair and Stuart McInally – so we won’t be seeing them playing for the capital men too early this season one imagines.

Scotland 7s squad: Mike Adamson (Glasgow Hawks), Alex Blair (Edinburgh), David Callam (Unattached), Scott Forrest (Ayr), Chris Fusaro Glasgow Warriors), John Houston (Edinburgh), Lee Jones (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Scott Newlands (Edinburgh), Hefin O’Hare (Glasgow Warriors), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Warriors), Andrew Turnbull (Edinburgh)

Reserve players: Struan Dewar (Edinburgh), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), James King (Edinburgh), Scott Riddell (Blaydon)

Antipodeans Diss Wales

Well, not really, but it’s the sort of headline the Scotsman/Daily Mail would love, eh what? It seems that Wales’ Millenium Stadium in Cardiff may be the best rugby stadium in the world with the worst pitch.

After watching endless people fall, slip and stumble around out in the middle (and not just when Al and I caught The Boss in concert there), now Rocky Elsom and Richie McCaw have piled on, with criticisms of the pitch as “mud painted green” disguised as a preview of their recent Tri-Nations fixture, which was played on a pitch in Melbourne not normally used for rugby. The All Blacks went on to win the game.

Sadly, Peter De Villiers was unavailable for comment. However here is some other rubbish he has come out with, courtesy of the lovely chaps over at The Rugby Blog.

What about you – best and worst pitches you have ever played on?

Have Balls, Will Travel

I’m an open-minded guy. I’ve tried sushi, and I even watched ‘The Proposal’ with my girlfriend, once.

So when I arrived in Canada to play rugby I did so without expectations. A good thing I did, too.  Within my first two days I received cultural shocks; shocks that highlighted the differences, both rugby-related and social in nature, between New World rugby nations, and ‘established’ ones.

Scotland A vs Georgia Highlights

Chap over on the BBC 606 boards spotted these:

UPDATE: Scotland A have since also lost to Namibia 20-23, and this IRB Cup showing is a stark reminder that with end of season (or otherwise) injuries and so on we are not able to field nearly as strong A touring parties as we perhaps would like. The boys will have to up their game a bit to claim some pride against Argentina in the final game.