In competition to this Six Nations offers, World Rugby are desperately trying to get on the bandwagon of “revenue maximisation” with their World League , which they claim could be worth £5bn over 12 years.
Lots of money, but what will the new investors get in return, and how much of this “maximised revenue” will make it’s way down to the grassroots of the game so that the real stakeholders of our sport (our local communities where local rugby clubs make it all happen) can evolve and develop.
We’re six weeks into the competitive season (for some), and looking across the Tennents sponsored competitions (men & women, excluding reserve leagues) we look to have 43 games not fulfilled – 27 men and 16 women. The majority of these appear to be off due to at least one Club not being able to field a team.
At the same point last season, it looks like we had 34 equivalent games not fulfilled in the mens senior competitions (don’t have figures for the womens game).
This won’t be enough data to show any statistical significance, but when we account for the late start to the Calie North leagues this year, the thought is that this season is in the same sort of ballpark as last – probably not great.
In their Joint Statement last week, the Board of Scottish Rugby told us they would publish no further information about the Lesley Thomson report due to “staff privacy policies and data protection legislation”, however the Union, under the delegated authority of the Board, publishes personal details of those people who have been called before the Championships Disciplinary Committee.
If you publish personal details about one disciplinary process, then why not the other?
The Predictor started out as a wee article on WeegieRugby to put down on paper who I thought would win across the West 1, 2 & 3 leagues.
In the first week, another seven folk joined in and sent their predictions either via Twitter or Facebook, and from there it has continue to grow, with the Week 2 Predictor very quickly becoming the highest viewed article in WeegieRugby history. Continue reading WeegieRugby Predictor
If you read my stuff on Facebook or Twitter, I’m sure people get the general drift that I feel the Club game in Scottish rugby is in pretty poor place just now, especially the senior male and youth games. And with several games off across the Cup, Shield & Bowl so far, the evidence is not pointing to a change in my feeling any time soon.
The evolution of WeegieRugbyTV continues with Episode 2.
This week we have the included match photos and videos from the Glasgow Uni Medics v Cowal game and the Strathendrick v East Kilbride game.
Including the photos and videos extends the episode to 5 minutes and we’ll need to gauge if this is too long (will keep an eye on average viewing time). But in saying that, we’ve included two game which we wouldn’t normally do.
Will also experiment on the video, should we be using zoom to get close to the action, or not, so we can get more of what’s happening.