The Scotsman

  • £44.2m Record for SRU

    ... importantly, at club level which remains The foundation of our sport. Real progress is being made to take The sport forward, at every level, backed up with consistent support and investment, which rugby is uniquely placed at this time to do.” Read The Scotsman interview with SRU CEO Mark Dodson on link below: Scotsman Interview With Mark Dodson See also: First Time Over £40m Turnover for SRU SRU Posts Record Turnover Scottish Rugby in The Money...

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  • BT To Land £20m Murrayfield Naming Rights Deal

    Scottish rugby chiefs are set to sell The naming rights to Murrayfield stadium to telecommunications firm BT in a £20 million deal, reveals The Scotsman. The agreement would see The SRU’s debt of £11 million wiped out, while providing a boost for Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors by allowing Them funding to strengThen Their squads in time for next season. BT will also have Their name on The Scotland jersey in The long term, with The BT Sport Stadium, The BT Sport Murrayfield Stadium and B...

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  • Edinburgh Consider Developing New Stadium On Murrayfield Land

    Edinburgh Rugby is looking to build its own home in a new arena next to The BT Murrayfield stadium, Kieran Murray has revealed in The Scotsman. The club is exploring The possibility of constructing a “mini-Murrayfield” on The training pitches beside The home of Scottish Rugby. It is understood proposals for a 7,000-seat stadium are at an early stage and no application for planning has yet been made, but with objections it could be up to five years before The idea comes to fruition. It is hop...

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  • Edinburgh Issues Result In Davies Departure

    ... matters. Therefore I have decided to leave at The end of May and will support The club as it makes preparations for its new managing director." A recruitment process will now begin to fill The managing director role. Internal club problems, covered in The Scotsman's article in The link below, are thought to have contributed to his departure:  http://www.Scotsman.com/sport/rugby/latest/david-davies-to-step-down-as-edinburgh-rugby-md-1-3768374...

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  • Pro12 To Become Guinness Atlantic Rugby Champs In 2018-19?

    Plans to expand The Guinness Pro12 into Atlantic Rugby Championship appear to be taking shape amid reports of franchises being set up in The USA and Canada according to The Scotsman this week. Houston and Toronto have been identified as possible locations for The sides which would come on board to compete in a new two-conference tournament. Plans have been drawn up to include one US franchise and anoTher in Canada in a brand new league to be launched in The 2018-19 season. “The situation is fl...

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  • Scottish Borders Set For £2m Boost From Melrose 7s

    The home of rugby sevens is set for an estimated economic boost of £2 million when The sport’s longest-running tournament gets under way next weekend, reports The Scotsman. Around 12,000 visitors are expected to descend on The Melrose Sevens tournament, which is sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management. The tournament is in its 125th year and provides an annual boost for businesses such as Burt’s Hotel in Melrose, which reportedly regularly clocks up its biggest weekend of turnover. Scottish...

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  • Gala clubs cross codes with innovative community model

    Published first in The Scotsman. FAMOUS Borders rugby and football clubs have come togeTher to create a new sports facility hailed yesterday by Scottish Government Minister Kenny MacAskill as a model for The rest of Scotland. Gala RFC and Gala Fairydean FC have occupied land adjacent to each oTher for many decades, but The clubs and sports have remained quite distinct from each oTher in The town of Galashiels with different followings. However, in an effort to bring The Borders its first interna...

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  • Season ticket struggle for Scots

    Taken from an article in The Scotsman: SEASON ticket sales for Edinburgh and Glasgow are struggling to get off The ground this summer, but chief executives at both clubs insist They are confident that a fresh "supporter- focused" marketing approach will lead to a greater support for The teams in The longer term. Edinburgh crowds plummeted last season to around 1,500-2,000 on average after highs of close to 5,000. The on-field struggles of The team were only part of The story, with The club's chi...

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  • Canterbury's 99 t-shirt

    As The British & Irish Lions head out to South Africa for this summer’s Test Match series it will mark The 25th anniversary of one of The most famous Lions tours against The might of The Springboks.  It was on this tour that an iconic moment of rugby folklore took place as Lions captain Willie John McBride instigated a policy of ‘one in, all in’ – brought to life on The pitch through The infamous 99 Call.  The ‘99 Call’ was used to signal an en masse assault  on The opposition...

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  • Grants benefit RL clubs

    Grassroots rugby league clubs throughout The country have benefited from over £660,000 worth of small grants in The last 12months. They have been used for a variety of projects including boosting playing numbers, qualifying coaches or simply to purchase new kit and equipment. Barrow Island ARLFC official, John Jefferson commented: “We received £1,000 from The local Neighbourhood Forum to refurbish The toilets at our club after vandals had damaged Them. These small grants really help The club...

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