SRU AGM To Hear Proposals For New Semi-Pro League

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2 August 2017

The AGM of the SRU has often tabled contentious issues between member clubs, board and executives in the past. This Saturday’s meeting at BT Murrayfield is likely to offer some lively debate over a proposed semi-pro league and the strategy of player development links with clubs overseas.

Last week, the SRU announced an agreement with Stade Nicois Rugby from Fed 2 (level 4 in in French leagues) to send a handful of coaches and players. The move was questioned by BT Premiership clubs in Scotland as they were likely to lose talented locals when they arguably could provide a development pathway of equal quality.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “We are looking to place players into a variety of different environments, at different levels. For younger players it is to broaden their experiences and for those reaching the end of their careers to provide pathways into coaching. In return we can provide opportunities in Scotland for players from other countries who are also looking to develop.

"Our arrangement with Stade Nicois is therefore consistent with our recent activity with Western Force in Australia, Western Province in South Africa, Lille and London Scottish.”

The SRU are also reported to be proposing a new semi-pro league of six clubs to start in 2019-20 season at the AGM which will meet with considerable scrutiny.

The union is said to be suggesting investment of at least £100,000 annually in each of the six “franchises” over the first

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