The start of every new rugby season at Mayfield – and I’ve covered 23 of them now – always sparks a little optimism even in an arch pessimist like this one.
Scottish Rugby’s Super 6 initiative is apparently an attempt to drive club rugby into a bright new future. But for Caledonia and Glasgow city rugby, it’s a nagging reminder of the past.
Scottish Rugby’s new semi-professional Super6 competition will feature no clubs from north of the Forth or from Glasgow after the review panel revealed the six successful bids yesterday.
There was no relief in the lusty chorus of Kirkcaldy anthem Geordie Munro at the end of the nail-biting win over Hamilton at Beveridge Park on Saturday, maybe because the celebrations were just a matter of time.
Mark Dodson will stay as Scottish Rugby’s chief executive until after the World Cup in 2023 after agreeing a five-year extension to stay at the helm of the sport in Scotland.
It’s easy to love rugby when you’re spoiled, flying all over Europe following Scotland, or in one of the best seats in the house at Murrayfield to watch John Barclay and Finn Russell dismantle England.
The injury epidemic in rugby isn’t just affecting professional and international sides, it seems, with a fresh spate of casualties afflicting Dundee High just when they thought they were over the worst.
Kirkcaldy took a huge step towards their goal of promotion back to BT National League One with victory last week but there’s still so far to go that no-one’s taking their nose off the grindstone.
Dundee High’s excruciating afternoon at Mayfield on Saturday was only ever going to be finished in one way.
Recent history would suggest that Dundee High are about to enter their annual purple patch in BT National League One, and last week’s win at Philiphaugh was some way to start it.