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#1 Doric

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:42 PM

Another year of embarrasment. We can't compete. Surely it is now time for us to be repaced by an up and coming rugby nation and put us out of this annual misery.


How can we call our selfs patriotic when the majority of Scots want to be ruled by another country?

#2 the_fadiator

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

I'd say it's time to demand better, starting with a third pro team so young players can get exposed to pro rugby at an earlier stage

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#3 Toepoke

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:23 PM

I'd say it's time to demand better, starting with a third pro team so young players can get exposed to pro rugby at an earlier stage
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Didn't really work out with the Border Reivers. And that's our rugby heartland.
The dawn of the superclubs seems to have really harmed the Scottish game...

#4 Dave78

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:26 PM

The dawn of the superclubs seems to have really harmed the Scottish game...

Not to mention the professional era...



#5 the_fadiator

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:52 PM

Didn't really work out with the Border Reivers. And that's our rugby heartland.
The dawn of the superclubs seems to have really harmed the Scottish game...

 

I'd maybe go for the Caledonia Reds. Is the alternative the status quo or shutting them and redistributing the funding to semi-amateur clubs? I'm not sure what the ideal option is, but Scotland are behind the original five nations teams at all levels and not enough young players are getting to play at a high enough level early enough. The professional era's been a mess. Something needs to change or we're going to always be in the wooden spoon battle and struggling to get out the group stage of the World Cups.



#6 allyc

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 10:05 PM

There was talk for long enough about a two tier six nations....

#7 weekevie04

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 10:20 PM

I don't know enough about rugby, but a Six Nations B league or something would be good.

 

1 up, 1 down and the 2nd bottom vs 5th in a neutral playoff. Might add some life into it and gives the likes of Romania and Georgia (didn't they nearly beat Ireland in the last WC, or the one previous) a chance to test themselves more often against the top tier rather than the likes of us and Italy stinking the place out near enough every year.



#8 McVinceSCT

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 11:45 PM

Romania were close to beat us in the last World Cup (i think).


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#9 TartanTeddy

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 03:00 PM

The money invested and generated in Ireland, England and Wales dwarfs the money invested i rugby in Scotland. 

 

Sean Lineen gave a talk a few years back and said Munster generated more income than all of the Scottish clubs and the SRU put together. They also have huge support through media and advertising to raise public interest in the game.

 

Glasgow are starting to see the benefits of moving to Scotstoun but it's not going to create a raft of new players overnight. But it will lead to a stronger national team in a few years. And there are a few good prospects coming through already.

 

Better funding and more support for schools and club rugby would make a huge difference.

 

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#10 Bristolhibby

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 10:59 PM

At the end of the day football is the game in Scotland. It isn't in Ireland and Wales.

England is an anomaly but because of the playing population numbers it can do well in both.

We suffer a bit down here in the West Country. Rugby dominates and football struggles.

You have Bath, Gloucester, Exeter, Bristol, Plymouth. Football wise there nothing.

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