A Review of the State of Scottish Rugby

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.

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Publishing Disciplinary Outcomes and Personal Data

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?

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.

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

Government Funding Change Leads to Cut in SRU Modern Apprentice Programme

The Government announcement increasing the number of modern apprenticeships is welcome for the economy at large, but the news that these will concentrate in areas such as IT, engineering & construction will give areas such as sport & hospitality a knock in the wrong direction. Continue reading Government Funding Change Leads to Cut in SRU Modern Apprentice Programme