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  • Deuchars Renews Partnership With Scotland Rugby League

    Scotland's top division of rugby league will be renamed the Deuchars IPA National League, after Scotland Rugby League agreed a new four-year deal with the Caledonian brewery. The deal also includes jersey sponsorship of Scotland's national team, the continuation of a deal which saw Deuchers' logos appear on Scotland's kit at last year's Rugby League World Cup. Scotland Rugby League performance manager Ollie Cruickshank said: “Rugby League is a growing sport in Scotland and Deuchars' support wi...

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  • Scotland RL Chairman Hits Out At RFL Funding Cut

    Scotland Rugby League chairman Keith Hogg has criticised the Rugby Football League (RFL) for its decision to withdraw funding completely from the sport in Scotland. News of the funding cut came during the Scotland versus New Zealand match in the Rugby League World Cup quarter final and it means that the governing body north of the border has lost its permanent staff in the shape of Mark and Susan Senter, who have been at the heart of Scottish rugby league. In a statement, Hogg said: "On behalf...

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  • Dodson Positive About Scottish Rugby’s Future

    Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson speaks to BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin during Scotland's tour to South Africa. Please click here to watch the video interview on the BBC website...

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  • Scotland Sign Three-Year Rights Deal With Pitch

    Scottish Rugby has announced that it has awarded its global broadcast rights to sports marketing agency Pitch International for three seasons. The deal grants Pitch the exclusive right to distribute home Scotland autumn test matches in 2014, 2016 and 2017 around the world. Scottish Rugby director of commercial operations, communications and public affairs Dominic McKay said: "Pitch International's vast expertise in the sports rights market and enthusiasm for taking Scotland games around the worl...

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  • BBC To Broadcast Japan v Scotland Series

    The BBC has bought the rights to broadcast Scotland’s two-Test summer series against Japan next month. The matches at Toyota Stadium in Toyota City on Saturday June 18 and Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday June 25 will both kick off at 11.20am and be broadcast live and free-to-air on BBC Two Scotland and online on the BBC Sport website. Scotland’s fixtures, both of which are being staged at venues due to be used at the 2019 World Cup, are the only summer internationals involving the hom...

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  • Thomson Becomes First Woman To Join Scottish Rugby Board

    Scottish Rugby has appointed Scotland’s solicitor general Lesley Thomson to its board, making her the first woman ever to sit on the board. Thomson is also a former committee member at Melrose Rugby Club and she joins fellow new recruit, finance director Andrew Healy, on the board. Thomson takes up the role after applying through an open recruitment process and will replace former international Jock Millican, who has completed his term, and she says she is "very much looking forward to...

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  • Dodson Promises Schools Investment In Scotland

    Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson has committed to the ongoing investment into school rugby in Scotland, in an interview with the BBC. The Scotland national side has come under fire in recent months following a poor Six Nations campaign but Dodson has defended Scottish rugby, citing the doubling of commercial income and the reduction of debts during his tenure as chief executive as a sign of progress being made. And he had pledged to continue investing into both independent and state sc...

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  • The Rugby Paper Launches In Scotland

    The Rugby Paper has recently launched in Scotland after starting in England and Wales back in 2008 and establishing itself as a best-selling rugby title. It is the only all rugby union Sunday newspaper covering the previous day’s matches from around the world featuring the Scottish national team to club sides in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and their Scottish feeder leagues and will be priced at £1.50. Regular columns from Gavin Hastings are planned and it will be available every Sunday in WHSmit...

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  • Scotland Sign With Gilbert

    Scottish Rugby has signed a new long-term contract with Gilbert Rugby as their official and exclusive ball and equipment supplier. Scottish Rugby director of communications and public affairs, Dominic McKay, said: "We are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship with Gilbert and to continue our long-standing association with such an established brand. "It's reassuring to have the backing of such a quality brand as we look ahead to an action-packed 2012 for all our national teams at all levels of...

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  • Scottish Independence Vote Could Trigger Lions Rebrand

    The British and Irish Lions may have to be renamed 'The Lions' if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom during this week's independence referendum. The next Lions board meeting is in October and John Spencer, recently announced at the tour manager for the trip to New Zealand in 2017, told the Daily Telegraph that the issue would be discussed then in light of the result of the referendum. The shortened version of 'The Lions', for which the touring party is already commonly known, would be th...

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