|Date of Issue:
18 January 2023
|In this week's Club Communications you'll find the latest update from the Tennent's Women's Premiership play-offs and an update on the Inter-district Championship. You'll also find information on the recently launched Scrum School iniative, and information on how to get involved in this year's Community Recognition Awards and Papa Johns Tartan Touch.
|First Finalist of the Tennent's Women's Premiership confirmed
Last weekend, the first Finalist of the Tennent's Women's Premiership Final for the 2022/23 season was confirmed.
Corstorphine Cougars booked their place in the final after overcoming last year's Champions, Watsonians FC. The opening half of the match was concluded 0-0, but Cougars made their mark in the second half with two tries from Lucy Park and a penalty-try to secure the win.
Our second Finalist will be determined this weekend when the regular league winners, Stirling County, host Heriot's Blues.
Semi-final 2: Saturday 21 January, 1.30pm | Stirling County v Heriot's Blues
Stay tuned to Scottish Rugby's channels for more information and match previews.
|Inter-district Championship: Update
Scottish Rugby has confirmed the return of the Scottish Inter-district Championship for the 2022/23 season.The move to bring back the historic competition was made following an amended motion presented by GHA at the Scottish Rugby AGM in July 2021, where 72 clubs to 46 voted in favour to revive the tournament.
In the revived format, four men’s teams from across the country - Caledonia, Edinburgh, Glasgow and West & the South - will compete in two fixtures later this year.
Subject to eligibility criteria, players will be selected from across the National Leagues.
Each team – which will be referred to as a District - has established a working committee to oversee the appointment of coaching and management personnel.
In the first round of competition, Caledonia will host Glasgow & West and The South will host Edinburgh. The winners of each fixture will play the following week in an Inter-district Final and the remaining two teams play in a third/fourth place play-off. Dates and venues will be confirmed at a later date this Spring.
Keith Wallace, Scottish Rugby Vice President said: “I am delighted to announce this new tournament which drew strong support from clubs at a previous AGM, together with a lot of enthusiasm from players.”
Further details regarding the Scottish Inter-district Championship will be shared with clubs in due course by each District Committee.
|Become a Papa Johns Tartan Touch Hub
|Community Recognition Awards 2023
Papa Johns Tartan Touch is back for 2023, and clubs can now apply to become a hub!
If you wish to apply to become a Papa Johns Tartan Touch Hub, please complete the online application form by Friday 3 February 2023. We will notify all successful clubs in February/March.
To find our more information on becoming a Hub, you can view the Application Pack linked HERE.
Scottish Rugby has opened nominations for the annual domestic game awards, focusing on the on and off-field efforts of clubs and schools across Scotland over the course of the last year.
The applications for making a nomination, plus the terms and conditions can be found on our website, linked HERE.
Applications close at midnight on 31 January 2023.
|Scottish Rugby launched 'Scrum School' programme
Earlier today, Rugby Development launched a new programme designed to better prepare and develop individuals in the front-row positions across all levels of the domestic game.
Through a series of practical workshops and online resources, ‘Scrum School’ will provide support to coaches and players with the aim of creating stronger, more confident, and skilled front-row players.
The programme has been developed to support both youth and senior players in the male and female game, irrespective of their rugby experience.
Coaches are now invited to sign up to the first round of Scrum School courses. More information can be found via the link below.
Dates and sign-up information for player Scrum School summer camps will be announced later in the year.
|Girls’ Regional Game Series squads confirmed
Scottish Rugby is pleased to announce the players selected for the upcoming Girls’ Regional Game Series.
Beginning this Sunday (22 January), teams representing Caledonia Midlands, Caledonia North, East, Glasgow North and Glasgow South at U16 and U18 level will now meet over the next five weekends.
Each weekend there are two fixtures, with one team having a bye week.
The selection process saw more than 600 players nominated by clubs and schools, with players invited to attended assessment sessions resulting in the selection of 200 players across the 10 teams.
Click on the link below to find out more and view the selected players.
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