There are many routes into International Rugby – follow in the footsteps of Scottish International players Jim Hamilton, Henry Pygros and Hamish Watson who took the pathway of the Scottish Exile Programme.
It’s not just players that live in Scotland that can play rugby for the Scotland team – whether you, your parents or grandparents were born in Scotland then Scottish Exiles could be your route to playing for the Scotland team.
There are two ways to get involved:
The Scottish Rugby Union Exile programme is not a club or purely a representative pathway. It is a player centred initiative designed to provide a development, support and a pathway for Scottish qualified players living outside of Scotland.
The scheme recognises individual playing situations then provides appropriate support and opportunities to progress towards International Age group rugby or beyond!
Regional Development Group
The first stage of the Exile programme is the Regional Development Group (RDG). These sessions are open to players from the age of 15 to 19. The RDG sessions are organised at venues across the country providing coaching in the Scottish Key Themes as well as an introduction to Strength and conditioning.
The second stage incorporates divisional level sessions and the Age Group programme (U16 – U20). The divisional sessions provide further coaching and an opportunity for players involved in extensive rugby programmes (such as the Top schools (e.g. Millfield) or the Premiership Academies (e.g. Sale) to get involved; thus avoiding overload. Once selected for a full Exile Camp there are opportunities to work with some of Scotland’s High Performance staff such as Chris Paterson (pictured below at a recent camp).
Scotland Age Group Programmes
At this stage Exile players are provided with opportunities to trial for the National team alongside their peers from the BT Academy regions (Caledonia, Borders, Edinburgh and Glasgow). Once selected for Scotland, players will participate in the International programmes at U16 (e.g. Wellington Festival), U18 (FIRA) and U20 (6 Nations and Junior World Cup).
Chris Paterson coaching at a Stage Two Exiles camp
Are you passionate about driving Scottish Rugby forward and developing young players? Volunteer with us!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Exiles Player Development Programme and we’re pleased to offer a variety of different roles. Our aim is to attract skilled individuals who seek a rewarding experience, and are committed to the development of Scottish Exiles Rugby.