STATEMENT| FINLAY CALDER, CHAIRMAN

To all Members, past and present, Sponsors and friends of Stewart’s Melville Rugby Football Club

The expression goes something like this …. ‘ either you can be a driver of change or a victim of change but make no mistake, changes there will always be! ‘

Over the past several years we, at Stewart’s Melville Rugby Football Club, have found holding our status as a top twenty Club in Scotland, extremely challenging.

It is no secret that the quasi professionalism / amateurism structure within the Scottish Club rugby scene has not been a good model for us.

Running three teams on a regular basis has become more and more difficult for a variety of reasons namely, injuries, as the game becomes more and more physical at 1st xv level, and other interests compete at the lower levels.

In truth relegation came almost as a relief for it allows us breathing space where we can re-group as a Club to focus on what is important and that is, (in the opinion of the Committee) getting two teams on the park, fit and healthy, every Saturday.

We want our players to enjoy their rugby and the fellowship it brings.

Throughout the last twelve months or so we have also fully endorsed, and will continue to endorse, the SRU plans to take their chosen Six Clubs into a recognised Franchise structure allowing all those below to return to amateur status. We believe that this can only be good, not only for ourselves but for the game in Scotland, allowing all resources to be focused on player welfare, coaching, insurance, physios etc.

One of the Clubs awarded a Super Six Franchise were our nearest neighbours, and long-time adversaries, Heriot’s Rugby. To support their submission, it was agreed by the Board that we should support and endorse their bid. We were therefore delighted when they were recognised by the SRU as being more than worthy in terms of status within the game, structure and financial security.

Heriot’s Rugby recognise, though, that Super Six status is not without difficulties and are looking to ourselves to act in tandem with them going forward.

Heriot’s Rugby also believe that Stewart’s Melville RFC should be the strongest amateur club in the North of Edinburgh once the Franchises have been established.

The current more urgent undisputable facts are though:

– Both Clubs are running on empty at 3rd XV level.

– Both Clubs have limited numbers of S1 to S6 (Youth or Academy players)

With this as the backdrop it seems sensible, in the first instance, to bring these two areas together to form a finite mass.

The Committee propose that these two sections should merge, with immediate effect, playing under a separate title and kit incorporating the words ‘Ferry Road’ in order that no-one is seen to be giving up status. Perhaps ‘Ferry Road Colts’ for the youth section and ‘Ferry Road Stags’ for the combined 3rd XV?

Both sections would see Goldenacre and Inverleith as their home grounds playing alternatively between them both.

These are our initial thoughts which will be acted upon immediately for season 2018-19, then hopefully, moving towards something more, in time, as we approach season 2019-2020 whereupon dual registration of some players would allow players to move up or down as required.

The fact is though that whilst the exact detail of the Franchise arrangements remain unclear, and further debate is to be held at Murrayfield, neither Clubs want to rush into anything more formal at this stage.

Stewart’s Melville and Heriot’s also see both mini-sections continuing to run separately as both are massively successful. The route map suggested allows the more ambitious to progress upwards through the ranks of both our Clubs towards, ultimately, professional status.

After very positive feedback at the AGM on Thursday past, the Committee felt that strengthening our long term relationship with our old adversaries, into something more formal, is in the best interests of both Clubs.

We therefore welcome your continued support and look forward to seeing you next season.

Finlay Calder
Chairman
Stewart’s Melville Rugby Football Club

AGM : 21 June 2018

STEWART’S MELVILLE RFC LIMITED (Company Number SC505943)

INVERLEITH, FERRY ROAD, EDINBURGH

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE is hereby given that the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at Inverleith on THURSDAY 21st June 2018 at 7.30pm.

CHRISTOPHER J ANDERSON
Secretary 4 June 2018

Apologies.

Minute of the 2nd AGM of Stewart’s Melville RFC held on 11th May 2017.

Matters arising.

President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report. To receive the Report of the Finance Convenor and draft accounts copies to be available at the meeting.

Subscriptions

Election of Directors.

Nomination Finlay Calder as Chairman.

Any other business

Privacy Notice

Stewart’s Melville RFC limited – Privacy Notice

1. Background

Stewart’s Melville Rugby Football Club Limited (“the Club”) is a Scottish rugby club, affiliated to and governed by the Scottish Rugby Union (“Scottish Rugby”).

The Club’s primary aims are the promotion of rugby at both age grade and junior levels by creating a positive, fun and inclusive environment that allows all players to grow and improve.

2. Data Protection Principles

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) governs how organisations use personal data and increases the protection of an individual’s privacy. Personal data is any information that relates to and can identify a person such as a player, coach, non-playing member or official. The Club will be a “controller” of the personal information that you provide to us, whether that be via membership application forms or otherwise. The GDPR includes six data protection principles that the Club needs to comply with whenever processing personal data (for example, signing up a new member or sending an email to a volunteer):

1. Ensure that the Club identifies a lawful basis to process the personal data and provide a privacy notice to the individual, which tells individuals how the club uses their personal data;

2. Only collect, use and keep personal data for specific purposes;

3. Only collect, use and keep personal data that the Club actually needs;

4. Keep personal data up-to-date where possible;

5. Only keep personal data for as long as the Club needs it; and

6. Protect personal data and keep it secure

3. What we need

3.1. Members’ Personal Data:

When you register as a member of the Club or renew your membership (including if you are registering or renewing on behalf of a child under the age of 18, as a volunteer, a coach, a non-playing member, a committee member or otherwise) we will ask you for the following personal information:

* Contact details – name, address, email address, contact phone number, date of birth;

* Membership category – for example, player, parent, coach, volunteer;

* Payment details – bank account number, sort code, card details;

* Participation details – for example, parent, playing member, non-playing member;

* PVG membership information where applicable.

3.2. Playing members’ special category personal data

Special Category Personal Data is a separate category of Personal Data which requires your express consent for processing. In this context it relates to medical information of players only (both Senior and Junior players) which is relevant to player protection. Medical information is not collected or processed for other member categories such as coaches or non-playing members.

Player medical information will be shared with Scottish Rugby through Scottish Rugby’s Registration System (“SCRUMS”).

Player medical information will also be shared with coaches and officials where necessary to protect player welfare, including, where necessary, coaches and officials of other clubs.

3.3. Volunteers’ personal data

With respect to coaches, committee members and other volunteers and Club officials, we will collect personal information relating to criminal convictions or alleged commission of criminal offences where you are required to complete a PVG check under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. This information will include your PVG certificate number, PVG membership number, date of issue and any relevant information in relation to your membership of the PVG Scheme.

If your PVG certificate is not clear, we will have a legitimate interest to collect references and any other applicable information to allow us to consider whether or not you can volunteer in a regulated role with children and/or vulnerable adults.

Where we process your personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interests, you have the right to object to us using your personal information for the above purposes. If we comply with your objection, this may affect our ability to undertake the tasks above for the benefit of you as a volunteer.

4. Why we need your personal information

4.1. Contractual purposes

We need to collect our members’ personal information so that we can manage your membership. We will use our members’ personal information to:

* Provide you with core member services, including insurance and player registration where applicable; and

* Send you membership communications in relation to essential membership services, including but not limited to, general meeting notices, membership renewals and membership fee information.

If you do not provide us with all of the personal information that we need to collect then this may affect our ability to offer the above membership services and benefits.

4.2. Legitimate purposes

We also process our members’ personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interests to:

* Promote and encourage participation in rugby by sending members’ communications and booking information for upcoming competitions, training sessions, fixtures and events which may be filmed or photographed and your personal information may also be used in images captured from all events, which may be used for promotional, education and development purposes;

* Promote and develop the Club by inviting members to participate in social and fundraising activities;

* Distribute relevant communications from Scottish Rugby and enforce relevant regulations;

* Distribute newsletters and other information;

* Accept payments;

* Develop and maintain our members’ qualifications, including sending email communications to members to inform you of upcoming courses, renewal requirements and verify that you have completed any mandatory training and PVG / child protection requirements; and

* Respond to and communicate with members regarding your questions, comments, support needs, complaints, concerns or allegations in relation to rugby, the Club and its members. For example, we will use your personal information to investigate complaints or take disciplinary action as required.

Where we process your personal information in pursuit of our legitimate interests, you have the right to object to us using your personal information for the above purposes. If we agree and comply with your objection, this may affect our ability to undertake the tasks above for the benefit of you as a member.

4.3. Legal obligations

We are under legal obligation to process certain personal information relating to our members, employees, volunteers and participants for the purposes of complying with our obligations:

* To maintain a register of our members, which includes our members’ name, address, the date they were admitted to membership and the date on which they ceased to be our member, and hold general meetings, including issuing notices and voting arrangements;

* The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 to check that our coaches and volunteers are able to undertake regulated work with children and vulnerable adults; and

* The Equality Act 2010, which requires us to process personal information to make reasonable adjustments where necessary.

4.4. Other uses of your personal information

We may ask you if we can process your personal information for additional purposes. Where we do so, we will provide you with an additional privacy notice with information on how we will use your information for these additional purposes.

5. Who we share your personal information with

If your personal information is included in any images or videos taken at events, we may share this with Scottish Rugby for promotional, training and/or journalistic purposes or share such photos and videos for training, educational and general marketing purposes via social media or otherwise.

We may be required to share personal information with statutory or regulatory authorities and organisations to comply with statutory obligations. Such organisations include the Health & Safety Executive, Disclosure Scotland, and Police Scotland for the purposes of safeguarding children.

We may also share personal information with our professional and legal advisors for the purposes of taking advice. The Club employs third party suppliers to provide services. These suppliers may process personal information on our behalf as “processors” and are subject to written contractual conditions to only process that personal information under our instructions and protect it.

In the event that we do share personal information with external third parties, we will only share such personal information strictly required for the specific purposes and take reasonable steps to ensure that recipients shall only process the disclosed personal information in accordance with those purposes.

6. Scottish Rugby and members’ personal data

As a Member club of the Scottish Rugby Union we are required to ensure that all of our playing members are members of Scottish Rugby as a condition of our membership.

We will share the personal information of playing members with Scottish Rugby, who will become a controller of that personal information when they receive it. Scottish Rugby’s privacy notice explains how they use your personal information and can be accessed on the www.scottishrugby.org website.

7. How we protect your personal information

Your personal information is stored on a secure, cloud-based, file-sharing platform which is only accessible by our staff and volunteers for the purposes set out above. Access is hierarchical, meaning that access to the different categories of information is limited to those individuals who need access to that information to fulfil their obligations to the club, members and Scottish Rugby.

Special category personal information is held in a separate file and is only accessible by coaches and club officials who need access to that information in order to discharge their player welfare obligations.

We may be required to transfer your personal information outwith the EU for the purposes of entering into competitions and booking travel arrangements. Where your personal information is transferred outwith the EU, we will provide you with information regarding the safeguards that we have put in place with the recipient country to protect your personal information.

8. How long we keep your personal information

We will only keep your personal information for as long as necessary to provide you with membership services or as required by Scottish Rugby or any other relevant and competent authority.

We have a data retention policy that sets out the periods for retaining and reviewing all information that we hold. This sets out different retention periods and you can request a copy by contacting us at privacy@stewmelrugby.com.

9. Your rights

You can exercise any of the following rights by writing to us at privacy@stewmelrugby.com .

Your rights in relation to your personal information are:

* You have a right to request access to the personal information that we hold about you by making a “subject access request”;

* If you believe that any of your personal information is inaccurate or incomplete, you have a right to request that we correct or complete your personal information;

* You have a right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information for specific purposes;

* If you wish us to delete your personal information, you may request that we do so; and

* If you wish to object to any of the above processing, please contact us on privacy@stewmelrugby.com.

Any requests received by the Club will be considered under applicable data protection legislation. If you remain dissatisfied, you have a right to raise a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk

Tickets for Doddie Weir Cup | Saturday 3 November | Principality Stadium

Tickets for the Doddie Weir Cup are going on public sale from Friday 25 May. If you wish to purchase tickets please try the link below. If unsuccessful, the Club may receive a small allocation for the game.

If interested please email Don Rolls

Wales v Scotland November 2018 Tickets

Super Six

The President and Committee of Stewart’s Melville Rugby Football Club wish to congratulate all six Clubs who successfully tendered for and have subsequently been awarded Super Six Franchise Status for season 2019-2020.

Our commiserations must also go to those six Clubs who lost out. They will, however, take comfort from the fact that the tender process was done in a most professional manner and that they will form the backbone of the amateur game going forward in Scotland.

To our local neighbours, Heriot’s Rugby, we look forward to seeing your Club continuing to be at the very heart of Scottish Rugby – and, with that, our long association on the north side of Edinburgh will continue.

Finally well done to Mark Dodson, the Selection Panel and everyone involved at Murrayfield in making this bold initiative become reality.

Bill McNie

President, Stewart’s Melville RFC

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It proved to be anything but “Sunnyside.” The Senior 1st XV finished a difficult season with a loss at the hands of Falkirk ( 34-12), once again falling foul of the referee’s interpretation of the laws. It is demoralising for SM players and spectators alike to be continually on the wrong end of a huge penalty count, especially as it is nothing to do with foul play. Quite rightly, officials must always be respected but a channel needs to be found within the club whereby misdemeanours are clearly explained so that they can be rectified and the team can get on with playing rugby. The corollary, of course, is that if this is done one has to listen and act accordingly! Recognising a certain amount of bias (!), it has not been easy to fathom out the problem from the touchline, but it is something that needs to be addressed for 2018-19.

There is no gain in further labouring the point. The truth of the matter last Saturday was that the Central Region Men wanted to end their own horrendous year on a high while the visitors, after a bright start, appeared to just want it to end! All was summed up when Adam Howie (playing his final match before retirement) was carried from the pitch with a serious knee injury – the season ended as it had started! A speedy recovery Adam and many thanks for your contribution to the club. It has been a frustrating eight and a half months where the RBG have failed to find the consistency and belief to come out on the right side of several tight encounters. Only Jedforest emphasised any real superiority in both fixtures and the champions, Edinburgh Accies, were given two stern encounters. Inverleith will see National 2 league rugby next season but it could have been different!

The players and coaches deserve credit for sticking to the task. Training has been well attended, analysis has been thorough and there has never been less than 100% effort on the pitch. Relegation is a fact but hopefully everybody will stick together now and show the motivation and collective effort to re-energise and move forward again. Efforts on and off the pitch will facilitate this process. There are many major pluses in the Stewart’s Melville Rugby organisation but undeniably there are problems as well, and the club needs YOUR support. There has been some reflection through various mediums as to possible actions but this, here, is not the forum for that debate. Suffice to sincerely thank the small band of volunteers who work tirelessly to keep all sections of the club alive. They would welcome constructive deliberation and “hands-on” help to put future plans into action. Do you have any time? It is also right to acknowledge the support from our sponsors — your backing is greatly appreciated and the club cannot survive without you.

Stewart’s Melville Academy U15’s win at Melrose

Congratulations to the Stewart’s Melville Academy U15’s who won last week’s Melrose U15 7’s tournament. To quote Ross McNulty, the Academy Manager, “Its hard to win 7’s tourneys…………and for a city team, it’s even harder to win in the Borders, let alone at Melrose. However, this is our second tournament win in 2 seasons, something we can all be very proud of”.  Tynedale were defeated in the final.

Not to be outdone the U16 Academy side set out for Melrose this Sunday to take part in the Drummond Cup. They have been drawn in a pool with Gala and Selkirk with their first tie taking place at 12.34. Other teams taking part are Melrose, Kelso, Peebles, North Berwick, Jed, Duns, Hawick and Berwick.

For those off you who are a little bit longer in the tooth. “Shergar” (aka Richard Maxton) plays his final game of rugby for Hamilton Bulls on Saturday before finally retiring. Ritchie played for Stewart’s Melville with some distinction while at University before a teaching post took him back through to the West. There he was part of a successful Glasgow Hawks side which won the Premiership before returning to his alma mater in Lanarkshire. The RBG wish you all the best and maybe see you down at Inverleith again sometime.

 

Finally, a little personal indulgence. There have not been many highlights for the Senior 1st XV this season but this has definitely been a favourite!

Best wishes to everybody for a good summer and the club looks forward to welcoming old and new supporters to Inverleith in August.

Phil Waine

Stewart’s Melville Rugby Camp JULY 2018

Want to improve your rugby?  Stewart’s Melville Rugby Camp this July will deliver Key National themes and unit work as well as additional masterclasses in specialist skills, speed & agility plus some games!

Priced at ½ Day (P1-2) £15 – Daily rate (P3 – S2) £30, parents can be safe in the knowledge that Bruce Ruthven and his coaching team will ensure the kids learn in a fun and secure environment!

Who: P1-S2
Dates : Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5, Friday 6 July 2016
Times: 9am – 12noon (P1 & P2) 9am – 3pm (P3 – S2)
Where: Inverleith Rugby ground
Registration from 8.45am.

Please download the booking form HERE and return to Ravelston Sports Club or MES Sports Centre reception.

 

Match Report(s) v Gala & Kelso

As I sign off for the season, I though it appropriate to give a “brief” report on the last two home games v Gala & Kelso respectively. So basically, you are getting two for the price of one!

The Gala game was in itself probably more significant in so far as the result confirmed the end of our National one tenure. A win with a bonus point and depending on other results, would have kept us hanging on only just but it was not to be. The Kelso game in contrast was more about pride particularly having lost in the cup semi final to the same opponents the week before.

Whilst there were some similarities in both games i.e. we lost, in many ways they both summed up our season where there were a significant number of games that we could have won and marginally lost, probably as a result of our own poor game management. Of course there were some other results where we were well beaten and would rather forget about. These games definitely did affect confidence and as the points didn’t come we found ourselves forcing games in desperation to achieve a win which can always be risky. In my opinion with the exception of say, the top four, we were as good as, if not better than most.

As said two “brief” reports will now follow;

Saturday 24 March Stew Mel v Gala – 3pm kick-off
A familiar looking team took to the pitch that had been transformed from what could only have been described as a paddy field into lush pasture (almost)! All credit to the grounds staff for their efforts. 

Gala kicked off towards Ferry Road and the game started to ebb and flow in terms of both possession and territory. The big Gala forwards started flexing their muscles and winning good lineout ball which eventually lead to the first try. Stew Mel 0 Gala 7. There wasn’t much between the two teams for the first twenty minutes although the penalty count against Stew Mel was mounting. Once in possession however some good phases were being put together and Ruaridh Mitchell again managed to drive his way over the line at around 30 minutes played. Stew Mel 5 Gala 7. A superb break then followed by Euan Morrison, AKA Happy whom despite his season having been marred by unfortunate injuries, was having a great game. However, his progress was soon halted and his afternoon ended courtesy of his opposite number. Ill-discipline or frustration – call it what you like. A retaliatory punch, yeah right! 

The eagled eyed touch judge had spotted the offence and a red card was immediately shown. The only beneficiary of this thuggery was the early introduction of Cash and what an impact he made. Unfortunately, however we couldn’t make the one-man advantage count although we did get another score and so did Gala. Final score Stew Mel 10 Gala 15.

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Saturday 7 April Stew Mel v Kelso – 3pm kick-off
Another beautiful day at Inverleith and also a sad one as the teams lined up for a minute’s silence in memory of Dave Brewster a former club legend. This was very much a game of two halves the first seeing some great rugby from Stew Mel which is perhaps indicative of the pressure being off and their league status for next season a reality. 10 minutes in after some great handling Euan Bowen strolled across the line and Cash converted. Stew Mel continued using the width of the pitch to great effect resulting in another try by Happy. Stew Mel 14 Kelso 0. 25 minutes gone and Kelso were now finding their way and touched down with a successful conversion. As half time loomed, Cash continued to orchestrate proceedings from all over the pitch this time getting the ball out to the right wing for Sean to work his way past a number of defenders for Stew Mel’s third try of the afternoon successfully converted by Cash. A penalty 5 minutes later gave Kelso a further 3 points Half time score Stew Mel 21 Kelso 10. What a half but unfortunately that was the afternoon’s entertainment for the Stew Mel faithful.

The second half can only be best described as a plethora of penalties, wasteful kicking and loss of structure probably not helped by a number of enforced changes due to injury. Kelso managed to score another couple of trys with the final score Stew Mel 21 – Kelso 27. A disappointing and frustrating end to a disappointing season.

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There was however some good rugby on display and on reflection we must be aware of what we can do to improve. I have on a number of occasions made my views on the kicking game fairly clear and yet again there were at least two good examples of this where we gave possession straight back to the opposition. Despite playing good rugby and working through phases we opted to kick which immediately gave Kelso the upper hand and they retained possession for significant periods which ultimately lead to trys.

The majority of teams we have played this season have been more tactically astute in this regard and most have the mindset to play running rugby which actually works! We must learn to use our wide pitch to this effect. If James Ferguson gets the ball in space he is a difficult man to stop.

That said, no point on dwelling on the negatives. With Kelso the penultimate game we are away to Falkirk next Saturday. I think they are the only team that have certainly had a worst season. We must now look forward to building for next season and being successful in division 2 with the ultimate aim of getting back to where we belong and restoring the natural order! This will be a hard journey but will all be worthwhile. It won’t be long before pre-season starts again.

If we can start playing the rugby we are well capable of and equally and as important winning games, the moral of the club both on and off the pitch will be there for everybody to see. Hopefully we can retain the players that we have who have put so much effort in both at training and on a Saturday and all credit must go to them. This commitment is crucial for a successful campaign. If we can also bring some new players in, even better.

I believe we have excellent and a respected number of coaches who I am sure will be well up for the challenge next season. We also as noted have a good group of players both young and old or should I say experienced. The older heads like Ruaridh, Momo and Duncan will instil confidence and the younger ones will benefit from this. With a bit of cohesion, we can potentially be a team to be reckoned with. 

Mention has been made in previous reports of the school boys who have made appearances this season and also achieved representative honours, deservedly so I would also pick out William Lockhart, Jamie McGurk, Freddie Roddick, Cameron Symes and Charlie Simonds who have risen to the occasion and certainly caught the eye and of course James Ferguson who is now becoming more of a veteran! Of course Tom Petiau and Josh Scott have done their bit by propping up the scrum where nobody knows what’s going except them.

I am sure Phil Waine will sum up proceedings in his normal eloquent way – Down Inverleith Way 38 ..once the season is finally concluded on Saturday.

Kevin Murchie

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Jack Blain scores for Scotland U18 against England

For the second successive time at Inverleith, the senior 1st XV lost narrowly to a “streetwise” Border side ( this time, Kelso). For the second successive time, the initiative was jettisoned by conceding a plethora of penalties. It was not easy to fathom out the one-sided penalty count from the touch line, but something must be amiss as it has happened on several occasions this season. The XV has to learn from these experiences and come up with a remedy for next year – hard work and commitment needs to produce dividends on the pitch and not founder on the shrill blast of a disapproving whistle.

Frustratingly, it all started so well against the team who edged the cup semi-final (0-7) last week at Poynder Park and, with a 21-7 lead at half-time, the home support viewed the second 40 minutes with some optimism. Sadly, the rain came down and Kelso, switching their focus to a more forward – driving orientated game, slowly but surely wrestled the initiative to run out winners by 6 points (21-27). We wish them all the best in their cup final against Dumfries.

Connor Boyle – Captain of Scotland U18

Saturday (14th April), sees the last act of the senior 1st XV’s campaign when they they travel to Sunnyside to meet Falkirk. Here’s hoping for a positive conclusion to what has been a difficult to season.

The senior 2nd XV concluded 2017-2018 with a twice re-arranged match against GHA. Whilst the game was also lost 14-24, the RBG have done just enough to preserve their place in the National Reserve League Division 2 by finishing in sixth place. There was some drama towards the end of the contest as John Evans, the referee, was taken unwell. The club is delighted to announce that John has been given a clean bill of health.

Congratulations to Connor Boyle and Jack Blain as they played an instrumental part in Scotland Under 18’s success at the Six Nations Festival. Both played in all 3 matches against England (won 32-27), France (won 24-21) and Ireland (won 19-17). Connor captained the side on all three occasions, was named man of the match against France and scored a try against Ireland. Not to be outdone Jack scored two tries against England and one against France. One wonders if they will be allowed to play at Inverleith again next season?

 

Scotland U18 – led by Connor Boyle – celebrate their win over France

Three Stewart’s Melville players – Duncan Hood, Aidan Boyle and Jamie Thompson – also represented Scotland in the successful campaign at the Colwyn Bay Festival, while Finlay McNeil, Dan Hay, Michael Baird, Ross Johnston and Nathan Moffat all played for Edinburgh in the BT Sports Academy Under 17 Championship. Well done to all!

The Stewart’s Melville Academy U15’s make their way down to Melrose on Friday to play in the Provender Next Generation 7’s which is a prelude to the main event on Saturday. They have been drawn in a group with Berwick, Hawick and Howe of Fife. The other section consists of Melrose, Kelso, Tynedale and Ardrossan.

 See you in Falkirk!

Phil Waine

Doddie’5 Ride

A big thank you to all who donated to Doddie’5 Fundraising at our Gala game – we raised an incredible £750.

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