Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson will unveil a proposal at the AGM next Saturday to create six semi-professional franchise clubs, according to reports.

BBC Scotland have reported this weekend: “The SRU would invest at least £100,000 annually in each of the teams for the first five years, a total of over £3m.

“They will contest a six-team semi-pro league, with play-offs to follow.

“There is likely to be one team based in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh, one in the Borders and one in the North and Midlands district, with two others elsewhere.

“It is hoped the new set-up, which follows a comprehensive review of the whole club structure of Scottish rugby, will be up and running for the start of the 2018/19 season.”

The report states that the strategy will be presented at next Saturday’s AGM to the clubs, who will then have time to consider the proposals, although there is no plan for a vote of the member clubs.

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