The Scots have created a new team to enter into the British & Irish Cup, Gael Force, and they kicked up quite a storm in one of their warm-up outings before they kick-off their Pool A campaign.
Comprising young professionals from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as players from the SRU's National Academy, the combined side pulled off a highly commendable 20-19 victory at Doncaster Knights as they got ready for their first Cup assignment at Cornish Pirates on Sunday, 22 November.
"I think the result proved that Gael Force can be serious contenders in this competition and I think it showed the strength of the teams that Gael Force are going to be able to put out," said full back Tom Bury
"Our strength lies playing good running rugby with lots of offloading and that's how we intend to play."
Scottish Rugby's National Academy Manager, Stephen Gemmell, will be coaching the side and will be assisted by 18-times capped Graham Shiel and 11-times capped hooker Steve Scott.
The new side will be based at Stirling County's Bridgehaugh ground and the National Academy contracted players available to Gemmell and his coaching team will be:
Grant Anderson (Ayr) Alex Blair (Edin Accies)
Chris Bloomfield (Currie) Fraser Brown (Watsonians)
Tom Brown (Edinburgh Accies) Tom Bury (Boroughmuir)
Nick Campbell (Glasgow Hawks) David Denton (Edin Accies)
Struan Dewar (Heriot's) Michael Doneghan (Stew Mel)
Alex Dunbar (Selkirk) Chris Fusaro (Heriot's)
Grant Gilchrist (Heriot's) Finlay Gillies (Heriot's)*
Robert Harley (West of Scotland) Robin Hislop (Boroughmuir)
Stuart Hogg (Heriot's)* Rory Hutton (Heriot's)
Peter Jericevich (Glasgow Hawks) James Johnstone (Currie)
Nicky Little (Hawick)
Ashleah McCulloch (Watsonians)
Stuart McInally (Watsonians) Lewis Niven (Edin Accies)
Neale Patrick (Boroughmuir) Neil Rodger (Haddington)
Joe Stafford (Glasgow Hawks) Steven Wilson (Edin Accies)
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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