Rugby

  1. Competitive Club Rugby Season Cancelled

    Scottish Rugby issued the following press release this afternoon:

    Scottish Rugby’s Board has today (Wednesday 18 November) supported a recommendation by the Scottish Rugby Council to close 2020/21 competitive fixtures at all levels of the club and school game due to the national impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent public health guidelines now in place.

    Teams had previously seen the season delayed until January 2021, however this timescale has now been extended to the end of the regular season, spring 2021.

    In recent weeks, the prevalence of Covid-19 in Scotland has continued to remain high, and now 20 local authority areas – impacting four million people – are living under level three or level four of the Scottish government’s five-tier system.

    With the current public health guidelines in place, full contact training and non-competitive (friendly) matches cannot be resumed, resulting in the vast majority of players being unable to fully and safely prepare for competitive matches in the new year as previously intended.

    The current government regulations also continue to limit the ability of clubs to journey to games as travel restrictions at various levels are in place across the country, including some areas where this is limited to essential purposes only.

    Despite the cancellation of the revised competitive league programme, Scottish Rugby aims to facilitate local friendly fixtures in the months ahead at a time when it is safe to do so.

    FOSROC Super6 teams will continue to work towards the possibility of delivering a full programme of fixtures, with the aim of starting at the end of March 2021, should government guidelines allow.

    Scottish Rugby President, Ian Barr said: “After much careful ongoing consideration by the Scottish Rugby Council, who received a detailed briefing by colleagues in Rugby Development and updates from Scottish Rugby’s Threat Management Group, on the impact of current government restrictions, we took the difficult decision as a Council to recommend closing the 2020/21 domestic season, which the Board then fully supported.

    “We know many clubs and schools were looking forward to resuming competitive matches in the new year, but Covid-19 remains an active threat and we must act responsibly, putting the safety of our players, volunteers and their local communities first.

    “We understand the decision will be disappointing, however it is important that we make the right choices to contribute to helping lower the infection rates and support public health guidelines, which can hopefully enable us to return to rugby fully at the right time.”

    Over the coming months the Rugby Development Department at Scottish Rugby remains committed to providing clubs and schools with practical and financial support.

    The Supporting Clubs Investment Programme, which was created in response to Covid-19, sees important changes to elements of its criteria, due to the closure of the competitive season, namely participation funding and player improvement funding, which were previously listed as conditional upon fulfilment of fixtures.

    These elements will now be replaced by a top-up payment, similar to the amount which a club may have earned from the original Supporting Clubs Investment Scheme had the revised competitions for this season gone ahead.

    Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Development Sheila Begbie said: “Along with the Scottish Rugby Board and Council, Rugby Development are equally disappointed that there will be no competitive fixtures at the grassroots level for season 2020/21.

    “We will continue to communicate any changes to the Return to Rugby Levels Framework through our weekly Club Communications email, the Club Support page on our website, and we will host webinars to update the club community where appropriate.

    “Our focus is resolute on supporting our clubs. On a practical level, we are developing a new digital tool to enable clubs to canvas for friendly fixtures when it is safe to do so and in-line with the Scottish government guidance and regulations.

    “We hope that the practical and financial support on offer will reassure clubs and schools of our dedication to guide them through what continues to be a difficult time.”

    The full release, including FAQ’s, can be found here.

  2. Delay to Start of Competitive Rugby

    Scottish Rugby has confirmed that the return to competitive rugby below the professional level has been postponed to January at the earliest.

    See here for the full press release.

  3. Muzz Moves On

    Former Rubislaw favourite Murray Douglas helped Brumbies to a 28-23 win over Queensland Reds that ended a 16-year Australian Super Rugby drought for the Canberra-based outfit.

    It was the 30 year old Fifer’s final appearance for Brumbies before he heads to Japan, having signed for Yamaha Jubilo.

    Courtesy: The Offside Line

  4. 1XV Fixtures 2020-21

    Provisional fixtures for the new season are available under Seniors>Fixtures & Results.

    The format adopted for this season divides the competition into 2 stages: Stage 1 – home and away games against Dundee High, Stirling County and Highland, the Conference winners to progress to the quarter-finals.

    Stage 2: one-off games against Edinburgh Accies, GHA, Glasgow Hawks and Marr, the competition winners to progress to the quarter-finals.

    The full list of fixtures can be found here.

    The 2XV fixtures have yet to be finalised. We will not be able to play two games at home on the same Saturday so several provisional 2XV fixtures are being re-arranged.

  5. Membership Update

    As everyone will be aware, the Covid 19 pandemic has seriously impacted society in 2020 and rugby below professional level unfortunately has been suspended until 31 October at the earliest.  A series of meetings will take place during early September at Murrayfield and a revised competition structure for National League and Premier Clubs will be issued by mid-September, with games commencing 31 October 2020.  As soon as we are aware of the structure membership forms and season details will be issued.

    We are currently unable to utilise Rubislaw due to a blanket ban by A.C.C. on sharing school facilities until 30 September 2020.  Training for adults will commence week of 31 August at Sheddocksley, with the mini/youth section commencing later in September at the same venue. Arrangements are being made to utilise the International School at Pitfodels facilities for the winter.

    Dr. Fraser Sutherland is our lead Covid Officer and detailed plans regarding player and public safety are being issued before the commencement of any rugby activity.  Likewise, the Club Centre re-opens Friday 28 August with limited hours Thursday to Sunday each week. Strict Covid procedures are in place within the Club Centre with capacity of the lounge being 24 patrons.

    Anyone with questions regarding any of the above should contact Gordon Thomson at g.thomson.t21@btinternet.com or 07718 905003.

  6. CORONAVIRUS ASSISTANCE

    Aberdeen Grammar Rugby are keenly aware that a number of people in our community will seek assistance at this time with normal day to day issues.  We have a group of players and members at the club who can assist in collecting foodstuffs, medicines and life essentials for the vulnerable and those required to self isolate at this time of national emergency.  We will undertake any reasonable request for assistance from persons associated with the club or the wider community in the area.

    In the first instance contact Gordon Thomson on 01224 636002, 07718 905003 or g.thomson.t21@btinternet.com to discuss your requirements and the appropriate service can be arranged from our pool of volunteers.

    We are delighted to offer help to the community at this time of need

    Stay safe

    All at Aberdeen Grammar Rugby