2012/13 season at Scottish Rugby

Strategic plan

This year we revealed our new strategic plan, “Inspiring Scotland through Rugby – the journey to 2016” (swf). The plan sets out our five main aims:

  • winning teams
  • a thriving club game
  • increasing match attendance
  • increasing commercial revenue
  • improving the customer experience.

Scotland squad, March 2013International rugby

Scotland won all three Test matches in the 2012 summer tour.

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson left Scottish Rugby in November 2012. Scott Johnson became interim head coach. He led Scotland to third place in the RBS 6 Nations Championship table, their best finish since 2006, and has been appointed director of rugby.

Vern Cotter will be Scotland’s next head coach. Cotter currently coaches Clermont Auvergne, and will join Scottish Rugby full-time in June 2014.                                       

Robert Gordon's College v Plockton High SchoolWe’re working with the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council to ensure that rugby in Scotland benefits from a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where the Scotland 7s will represent the country.

Making their debut as a squad last summer, the Scotland Women 7s qualified for the European Grand Prix Series by coming second in the May 2012 FIRA tournament in Belgium. They just missed out on a place at this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup 7s, however, losing out in the Bowl final at the qualifier in Moscow last July.

Discussions surrounding participation in the 6 Nations have prompted a review of the women’s game in its entirety by Scottish Rugby.

Recognising our supporters

We recognise the importance of supporters at all levels of the game. We have made a conscious effort to improve communications and listen to those who spend time, effort and money following the sport.

Glasgow v Leinster in the RABODirect Pro12 semi-final

Professional clubs

Glasgow finished the season third in the RaboDirect PRO12 and narrowly lost their play-off semi-final away to Leinster in Dublin.

Edinburgh Rugby had a disappointing campaign in 2012/13, and a new coaching team is being appointed to energise the club for next season and beyond.

Sponsorship

Scottish Rugby has support from three major blue-chip sponsors (RBS, EMC and Guinness) and we've added The Famous Grouse, Unilever Dove + Men Care and Tennent Caledonian Breweries in recent months.

We announced a four-year kit deal with Macron, which took effect in summer 2013.

Kenya 7s visit Caledonia Primary School before the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s 2013Growing the game

Scottish Rugby, in partnership with the Scottish Government, now has 26 Schools of Rugby – recipients of the government’s Cashback for Communities programme.

Provisional figures suggest there are now more than 34,000 under-18s playing regular rugby compared to 15,000 five years ago.