Director of Rugby's Blog
Time for a break
05 Nov 2018
Not our best performance of the season by a long way but a win. Hawick as we said last week are always fired up when they play us. But a win is a win especially when not performing on all cylinders , the boys can now have a well earned week off .
For those who read the press and are concerned or puzzled over the doubts around Super 6 , I have to say I have attended a number of meetings regarding the subject and all seems very positive. I can understand the frustration at the lack of information and we will update everybody soon. .
For those who are scratching their heads I have to say I share your bewilderment but perhaps not in the way you would expect. As you know I have never been known as a Union defender but having been involved in so many of the discussions I have to assess things in a way that I believe to be factual.
It’s a fact that a good number of clubs asked the Union to bring in amateurism below a top level of club rugby. They brought the plan forward only to be told that some of the same folk had changed their minds as they didn’t realise it meant they would not be able to give some benefits to some players. Sorry I can't the blame the Union on that one, we all know what amateurism is supposed to mean.
The Premiership and National 1 met the Union and asked them to stop blaming clubs for not having a way forward. We said the only way the future could be planned was for them to answer whether there would be a 3rd pro team--if the answer was yes just let us all go off and enjoy ourselves. If not what do you need us to do to fit into a pathway for the best players--we got the answer, everyone had the chance to apply and 6 clubs were awarded a licence to run a team in a competition AGAIN they did as requested.. it's just we(CLUBS) don’t appear to like the answer with some of the most vocal ones who applied but were not successful on this occasion not happy. The fact there are 3 franchises in Edinburgh has clouded matters as it allows negativity to enter the stage but for me it's time to move on and take on board the most important issue. This is a pathway for the best players and they are the ones who matter
You may have seen there is a bid of something like £270 million for 51% of the rights to the English Premiership, add that to the huge amount of money available in France and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out whats around the corner. The pro game outside Scotland is rightly or wrongly going to explode and our pro teams will as always struggle to keep up. So if you still think a 3rd pro team is the way forward park the thought as there isn't a hope in hell. Our two teams need to run like Usain Bolt and we will still be lapped.
The English clubs will be able to afford to soak up young talent in their Academies and young Scottish players will head south . Parents , agents(it’s the norm to have one ) will perhaps understandably see it as a better opportunity. So what do we do ? we won't have the cash to stop it, but we can begin to create something that works for those who want to stay and most definitely the ones who return disappointed as it will be ruthless. Super 6 at least brings things together by harnessing club faciities and monies already being spent . For me that’s worth trying.
A change is required , rugby is changing, players are changing, the world we exist in is changing . It's like everything in life if we believe we know better and set out to prove the point ,yes it may fail. If we try to make it work to help young players it may well be a success , if it is it will grow to perhaps 8 teams and beyond, who knows what can happen when folk all push in the same direction.
Lastly for those wondering what's happened to Ali Grieve. The Championship Committee which oversees the running of the Leagues has confirmed it will not allow Ali to play 1ST team rugby for us as he has played 3 games for Hawick and 1 as a dual registered player at Berwick. You can only play for two clubs in 1 season unless you receive written permission from them. Which is fine in terms of being regulated and stopping someone being downright silly. His move back to us as a 1st team player has been refused . it looks like he will now play for Berwick. This isn't a SRU decision it’s an independent body run by the clubs which regulates on behalf of the Union.
In my personal opinion at a time when everyone is shouting about a shrinking game we have a choice. Be part of the problem or part of the solution. Personally I prefer to try and be part of the solution.
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