Douglas Steele banned for three years

On 27 January 2022, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) collected an Out-of-Competition urine Sample from Mr Steele at a Marr Rugby Football Club training session. Analysis of Mr Steele’s Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for a metabolite of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) and metabolites of oxandrolone. DHCMT and oxandrolone are both anabolic agents, listed under S1.1 of […]

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National Schools Cup | Quarter-final Results

Boys U18 Cup Hutchesons’ Grammar came up short against Strathallan School who progress to the next round with a 13-17 win. Loretto School and the Edinburgh Academy drew 10-10, but the Edinburgh Academy progress to the semi-finals as the away team as determined by criteria in National Competition Rules. In another tight content, Stewart’s Melville […]

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Scottish Rugby confirms funding awarded in Phase 1 of the Growth and Participation Fund

The Growth and Participation fund, established from the £6.5M Scottish Government funding during the Covid-19 pandemic, was split into two streams with £500,000 allocated to each: Major Capital Investment and Growing the Game. The Major Capital Investment strand is designed to support clubs with developments to their physical infrastructure including the purchase, upgrade or construction […]

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Youth Cup Competition semi-finals loom

In the National Youth Cup and Shield competitions, four quarter finals played out across the U18 and U16 age groups last weekend to progress to a semi-final. In the U18 and U16 Cup Competition quarter-finalists are comprised of the top four teams from the National Conference, top two teams from the Borders Town Conference and […]

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Scottish Rugby Schools Week set to return in 2023

Since its launch in 2021, Scottish Rugby has engaged with more than 70,000 pupils across over 600 state schools through the programme. Scottish Rugby Schools Week aims to increase opportunities for girls and boys to engage in rugby by supporting teachers to deliver new rugby activities or highlight existing rugby activities, whilst providing links to […]

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Meet the new Scottish Rugby Youth Panel

The new members of the Panel include players, match officials and coaches with a wide range of experiences in rugby, heralding from across the country. Appointed for the next two seasons, the Youth Panel will provide a platform for youth perspectives to be listened to and understood. The group will also provide influence on a […]

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Big-hearted Earlston

The Tennent’s East Regional League Division 3 club undertook fund-raising at their own sevens tournament earlier this year. Now they have presented a cheque for £375 to the Murrayfield Injured Players’ Foundation. The presentation was received by Borders area MIPF trustee Alistair Forsyth (left) from club President Neil McDonald (right). Mr Forsyth said: “The Foundation […]

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New governance structure agreed for rugby in Scotland

The new structure, based on the recommendations on the Standing Committee on Governance (SCOG), sees the new Scottish Rugby Union (a company limited by guarantee) take on the responsibility for the oversight of the organisation’s main operating vehicle, Scottish Rugby.   It also will provide an oversight function to the organisation’s members. Professor Lorne Crerar […]

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Scottish Rugby launches new State School Strategy to increase youth participation

Whilst Scottish Rugby’s engagement with state schools has been ongoing for a number of years – including investment into the Schools of Rugby programme and developing formal partnership agreements with local authorities including Aberdeenshire Council – this is the first time Scottish Rugby has produced a statement of intent around increasing state school rugby participation. […]

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