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.
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Scotland 7s flyer James Fleming, who scored 112 tries in the shortened game over nine years on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, has retired from the game.
Two of the Dundee’s oldest rugby clubs have struck a partnership to drive forward the game in the city and to prepare for a city-wide bid should the SRU seek to expand their semi-professional Super 6 competition.
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.
A Dundee bid is one of 12 applications to go forward to the final selection process for Scottish Rugby’s new “Super 6” semi-professional club competition due to start in season 2019-20.
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.