Director of Rugby's Blog


09 Jul 2018

Believe it or not training began last week with a good turn out and all ready to start again. As part of our partnership with Edinburgh Napier University we will train in Edinburgh tomorrow night(Tues 10th) allowing us to use their fantastic facilities and also to utilise their expertise by having their staff do our  fitness testing. We will as usual involve all our players from the u18s upwards. With Robert Chrystie having a well earned family holiday, the session will be led by  Rich Taylor ,our  senior players and new Coaches Bruce Ruthven our former player and YDO who will assist Robert and Stuart   Johnson at 1st team and Storm levels plus Ross Ford who will be our S&C  adviser  and specialist coach . Its great to welcome individuals of such high quality who im sure will enjoy working with Rob.

In terms of players , having seen so many move on into the pro ranks we have  need for a couple of new faces  but overall  this is a time to offer opportunity to  some of the lads from the Storm and allow them the chance to flourish. Its interesting to read the theory that those clubs who have been awarded S6 franchises will automatically  hoover up all the talent around and damage other clubs. That would serve no purpose whatsoever for us . Only those able and indeed willing will be part of an S6 squad in 19/20 season  that's no different than at present. The best players  will move up the ranks and surely no one wants to stop that. Our Club Amateur XV will be our main team to develop our own players, yes some lads may choose to join us if they dont like where they are just as a few do at the moment and indeed some may  even leave . So for this season we will begin as we mean to go on and if things work out as intended a couple of players will train with us this season  but if they dont make the 1st squad will not play for the Storm but return to their club.  S6 clubs need to build bridges and whilst they must work for the benefit of the best young players they must also continue to work as a club in its own right. As far as Melrose is concerned we won the right to host a franchise , the franchise was not awarded a rugby club.  

In terms of our place in the National leagues some  seem to have missed couple of points. To be able to bid for a franchise we had to very reluctantly agree to be demoted to National 1. For those who say we should go further down , please remember only last season  the Cup was reduced to 16 clubs on the basis of National leagues clubs being concerned over player safety and the lack of competitiveness. . We already have  very good players  experienced players in our squad who have stated S6 wont be for them due to work commitments but they would love to take on board leading the Club XV and indeed a couple of players who have not played for a wee while  but still on the bottom side of 30 have intimated they too find that appealing. . To just fill our Club XV full of players from other clubs would be self defeating in terms of the  role we will continue to play as a Community club .

Melrose Club XV will have the same rights as any other club XV , but i repeat we have taken voluntary relegation  as per the Franchise application ,if that was removed then i presume we would have to take our place in the Championship which defeats the argument of those who dont except the reasoning. Im a bit lost on the argument over placement, other than perhaps the lack of explanation on the SRU's part  as they are the ones who insisted on relegation not the successful clubs so perhaps they should take some credit for that development.  Additionally to even talk about not allowing the Club XV of a franchise to be promoted is crazy, how do you retain the integrity of a league for supporters and sponsors  by in theory promoting the club that finishes 7th rather than those above them.  

As i have said we have won the right to host a team (franchise) in  Competition, the franchise wasnt given a rugby club and young Melrose players will simply want  to play for Melrose  and long may that last, the few who dream of more  can if good enough play Super 6  and with over 60 percent of our youngsters heading off to University we will have to work hard to ensure we cater for them all.

In the meantime we have a season coming that will be tough as we  give our best young players their head and do our bit to make them better. Just business as usual for Rob and his new coaching team for 18/9 Season . Put last season in the drawer, remember it was special and not the norm and lets see where the journey takes us 





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