Is Womens Rugby in Scotland Starting to Encounter Similar Issues to the Mens Game?

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.

One area for optimism over the past couple of years though has been the Womens game.  Although starting from a very small base, it has been growing, and there does appear to be a general increase in interest in the game as well as an uptick in grassroots activity.
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WeegieRugbyTV – Episode 2

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.

 

WeegieRugby TV Launched

As a bit of an experiment into different ways of presenting the results on Weegie Rugby, we’ve launched episode 1 of WeegieRugby TV.

We’ve focused on the results of the prelim round of the Bowl & Shield as well as the updated fixtures for round 1 in this episode.

Future developments will be to include photos and videos from the weekends reviewed games, but it’s baby steps at the moment.

Scottish Rugby AGM

With the pro teams consuming ever more resources, Agenda 3 and Super 6 coming at us fast, Scottish Rugby is facing many issues which Clubs are now only just waking up to.

Luckily, we have the AGM taking place at Murrayfield on the 4th August, and we should have some pretty lively debate that helps to set the direction around these key issues.

The Politicians have laid the blame, but now it’s time to identify and resolve the issue

So now that the politicians have had a moan about who’s at fault for the chaos on the M80 at Cumbernauld, we need to dig a little deeper into the issue.

Sure the weather is the main culprit, and there’s not much we can directly do about that. There were plenty of warnings about the possibility of problems with a Red Warning from the Met Office which was highlighted ahead of schedule by Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf. He was perhaps a little too enthusiastic in his foreboding before the Red Warning was actually issued and came across as another politician trying to grab the headlines – this probably reduced the potency of the crucial Met Office message as folk politely ignored him and carried on regardless.

But if we look back, we see that at the end of February 2017, the exact same problem arose in the exact same location hit us when “a weather bomb” from Storm Doris struck central Scotland.

Now this is the real issue – the same problem, happening in the same location, two years running – so this is what we should be encouraging our politicians to looks at. You should note that this stretch of road was upgraded to motorway as part of a Government project that was completed in 2011 at a cost of £320m.

As much as we like to criticise the Council, this is not a Council road, it is a Scottish Government road, so instead of laying blame at the foot of the hauliers, perhaps now the politicians can get some folk round a table and sort out what the issue is with the road they designed and now manage, and how the issue will be dealt with more effectively moving forward.

There’s Plenty of Competition – But What is the Health of the Grassroots Game

Piece put together for the WeegieRugby blog asking the question about the health of rugby in Scotland at a grassroots level.

Looking at West 1, 2 and 3, there’s plenty of challenge at the top and bottom of the leagues, but the number of unfulfilled games in these leagues and in the West Regional leagues, suggest that things are far from healthy. Continue reading There’s Plenty of Competition – But What is the Health of the Grassroots Game

One Win and a Slice of Luck Guarantees 8th Spot at Hamilton 7s

The Murrayfield marketing department have issued their update on the 7s globe trotting adventures under the headline of “Top 8 finish for Scotland 7s in Hamilton”, alas a little digging, and it didn’t take much, reveals that whilst they did finish 8th and pick up 10 points as a result, they only managed to win one game out of five.

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