Here’s a rundown of the recent inductees to the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame. We think you will agree that there ain’t a controversial decision amongst them, which makes a change for this neck of the woods.
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?
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!
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)
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.
What about you – best and worst pitches you have ever played on?
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.
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.
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.
The revelations of the last few days that the SRU don’t want to tour the big southern hemisphere nations because it will stifle our developing players has, understandably, been met with disdain from some quarters. Robbo says “as far as our overseas tours are concerned I do not believe it would be beneficial for us to play a series of three Tests against the individual SANZAR countries at the end of our season. What I believe works for us, from a performance perspective, is a mix between SANZAR and Tier 2 unions as that gives us the opportunity to develop players which is part and parcel of touring”. Meanwhile, a great number of Scottish fans will be saying, “WOW! Look at him spin!”