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
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.
Continue reading One Win and a Slice of Luck Guarantees 8th Spot at Hamilton 7s
For years now (generations), rugby clubs and their social clubs have been synonymously linked, but perhaps now would be a good time to question if there are valid, commercial and sustainable logic behind the reasons for the practice.
The argument goes that rugby guys like a beer after the game, so why not have the rugby club run its’ own bar so the money is kept in the rugby club rather to some local hostelry who will keep the profit for itself.
Continue reading Is Selling Beer A Sustainable Way to Fund Rugby Clubs
In todays Irish Independent, author & columnist Billy Keane has a piece (Shame on World Rugby for putting money first) questioning World Rugbys ranking of the recent World Cup bids from South Africa, France and Ireland.
Continue reading Sports Already Taken a Back Seat to the Business
3rd round draw for Scottish Schools Cup has been made.
Fixtures for Under 16s and Under 18s will be played on or around 27th September, though there are still a few Round 2 fixtures still to be completed.
In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer.
Part 1 Caledonia – Midlands
In a bid to assess the health of Club rugby in Scotland, I’ve started to review where Club youth sections are at. This is building on the work last season to monitor match fulfillment rates in youth & schools and senior 1st xvs.
Continue reading Health of Youth Rugby in Scotland
Motion 1 at the SRU AGM failed to meet the 2/3rds majority required for it to be implemented, but it’s a bit disingenious to say the only reason it fell was due to the word “determination” in respect of the Boards powers to change the leagues and, international tickets.
Continue reading Simplifying and Streamlining the Bye-laws
Whilst we’ve been holding our breath this week waiting for the official announcement that two South African teams are joining the Pro 12/13/14 competition, we’ve had plenty to keep us occupied with stories coming out of Murrayfield (whether from official or unofficial sources).
Continue reading A Funding Conundrum for Scottish Semi-pro Rugby
It’s make or break time for pro rugby across the world, with the first battlelines being drawn around the Pro 12 playing field. Continue reading Make or Break Time for Pro Rugby