The Saturday Interview: Ross Bundy excited by new challenge in France

Ross Bundy in action for Stirling County rugby team

When he hangs up his boots in years to come, the 2019/20 season was not one that Ross Bundy will look back on with many fond memories, but the former Scotland age-grade internationalist is on the move this summer and looking forward to a new chapter in his rugby career with Narbonne. At Stirling County, […]

Fundraising target smashed through epic longest day challenge

Dylan Russell of Melville Ruby Club

A charity sevens team has smashed their fundraising target after completing a mammoth challenge at the weekend.  The team at HBMB – the Hearts and Balls Mighty Bovs – came up with a forwards vs backs challenge to raise money for Hearts + Balls Charitable Trust.  The challenge was to run at least 10km, but […]

Sheila Begbie praises clubs’ response to COVID-19 crisis

Domestic rugby matches have been hindered by the coronavirus outbreak

Rugby clubs across Scotland have been praised for their collective response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Sheila Begbie, the Director of Rugby Development at Scottish Rugby, spoke yesterday (Wednesday) after the award of nearly £400,000 to clubs across the country from the Club Hardship Fund, created in March in the wake of the cancellation of the […]

Scottish Rugby open to second round of Club Hardship Fund, says Sheila Begbie

Scottish Rugby are not ruling out making more money available to clubs through the Club Hardship Fund. Nearly £400,000 was given out to 82 clubs today (Wednesday) through the fund, set up in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.  And Sheila Begbie, Director of Rugby Development at Scottish Rugby, spoke to the media on a Zoom call […]

Scottish Rugby working with Government over club rugby return

Mark Dodson - Scottish Rugby Chief Executive

Scottish Rugby is working “hand in glove” with the Scottish Government around the return of club rugby, according to Chief Executive Mark Dodson.  The 2019/20 season was declared “null and void” by Scottish Rugby due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but with social distancing still a major factor in the return of elite rugby, Dodson admitted […]

New coaching duo confirmed for Watsonians

Andy Bell has been appointed Head Coach of Watsonians 1st XV, with Jason Riley moving from Preston Lodge to be his assistant.  Bell is no stranger to Myreside, having played for the club before and he is looking forward to taking on his new challenge and building on things with a squad who showed promise […]

Scottish Rugby issues phase one ‘Return to Rugby’ guidance

Murrayfield stadium, the home of Scottish rugby.

Scottish Rugby has today (Friday) published its Phase 1 Return to Rugby guidelines for clubs and schools. While organised rugby activities are not permitted, players are being encouraged to remain active with people from their own, or one other, household.  The guidance also states that all rugby club facilities must remain closed, including club houses, […]

Ruthven returns to Melrose and takes Head Coach role

Bruce Ruthven is the Melrose rugby coach

Bruce Ruthven will return to Melrose after being appointed the club’s new Head Coach.  Ruthven led Watsonians in 2019/20 but will return to the Greenyards and take over from Stuart Johnson as Head Coach of the 1st XV.  He is no stranger to the Greenyards having appeared for the 1st XV side 196 times, with […]

McNeil makes Kelso switch as part of new coaching team

Hawick Rugby capitan, Bruce McNeil scoring a try

Hawick stalwart Bruce McNeil will move to Kelso in the summer, and join former Scotland centre Kevin Utterson and new Head Coach Darren Cunningham among a new-look coaching set-up at Poynder Park.  Cunningham returns for a third stint in charge and replaces Kris de Scossa, whose side finished fourth bottom in Tennent’s National League Division 1, […]

Thomson to combine playing with new Gala coaching role

Gala players make their way onto the pitch for the second half. Gala v Ayr

Fraser Thomson will combine playing for Southern Knights in FOSROC Super6 with taking on a coaching role at Gala. Thomson is well known to the Netherdale club, having started his career there before moving on to a successful spell at Melrose and then taking up a place in the Southern Knights squad for the inaugural […]