The existence is that rugby during under-18 turn has changed. Now under-18 rugby in a state zone is a wasteland, despite schools like Carrick Academy, Marr College and North Berwick High have bucked a trend of abating additional curricular sport.
State propagandize boys, and girls, in S4-S6 play their rugby by clubs which, of course, is what happens in only about each other sport. Think swimming, consider athletics. In a nearest European neighbour, France, it is a internal bar (often municipal) that is a representative for compelling rugby.
In Scotland there stays what is a chronological tie list in a eccentric sector, nonetheless that is entrance underneath aria as a tiny series of desirous rugby schools energy divided from a rest of a field. Under-18 bar rugby, though, has responded, to furnish a rival structure that schools contingency now enviousness and that is a credit to brazen meditative on a partial of Scottish Rugby.
That foe is a under-18 inhabitant girl league, though a debility is that it is not truly inhabitant since a Border semi-junior clubs, including a Youth Cup holders, Jed-Thistle, have not sealed up.
There are, then, dual apart strands: a eccentric schools’ circuit that produces some glorious rugby; and a bar inhabitant joining and a Border semi-junior league. Some years back, during a Scottish Rugby annual meeting, a suit was upheld to move schools rugby and bar rugby closer. Nothing ever came of this. Yet it should sojourn a goal.
One approach of achieving it would be to open a Brewin Dolphin foe to allcomers. In other words, dump a idea of it being a schools foe and reinvent it as a Brewin Dolphin Scottish Under-18 Cup.
St Aloysius College play their first-round tie opposite Dundee High during Mayfield on Saturday and, in a under-16 cup, a Glasgow propagandize is in movement tomorrow opposite Glenalmond during Perth. On Thursday, Glasgow Academy take on Fettes College in a under-16 Cup during New Anniesland, while a week tomorrow, Glasgow High and Hutchesons’ Grammar School strife during a same age level.