Board Meets Borders

At a meeting held last night at Gala RFC between senior representatives of the Scottish Rugby Board and a number of representatives from Border Clubs, Gordon McKie, Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby, provided details of the decision making process which resulted in the recent announcement to close the Border Reivers professional team at the end of the current season.At a meeting held last night at Gala RFC between senior representatives of the Scottish Rugby Board and a number of representatives from Border Clubs, Gordon McKie, Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby, provided details of the decision making process which resulted in the recent announcement to close the Border Reivers professional team at the end of the current season.
In addition, the meeting provided an opportunity for the representatives from the Border Clubs to raise a number of issues including the shape of the domestic game, anticipated plans for pathway and under age initiatives, various governance related issues and ways in which the national governing body and the clubs could work more closely together in the period ahead.
At the end of the meeting Andy Irvine, Scottish Rugby President, requested feedback from the clubs on the Board’s decision to close the Border Reivers. He asked their views on whether they favoured the retention of a development side in the Borders and only one delegate thought it was appropriate.
He also asked whether the clubs would support a significant increase in the Union’s bank overdraft in order to make the team truly competitive, in light of the Union’s recent financial history and limited resources. There was a widespread view that that would not be good for the game in Scotland.
Terence Froud, a representative from Hawick RFC, who attended the meeting, commented “I thought that Gordon McKie delivered a well thought through and strong case. It’s now clear that to keep two teams would not be realistic”.
John Davidson, Vice President of the Border League who chaired the meeting, added “Now that I’ve heard the details first hand, I’m satisfied that the Union has taken the correct long term decision for Scottish Rugby.
He went on, “It is important for the good of the game that Border Clubs work constructively with the SRU in promoting the club game in the Borders and to continue to promote the development of young players. To that end, further meetings are planned to take place in the near future to progress matters.”