Scottish Deaf Rugby Seeks New Players

The opportunity to pull on the blue jersey and represent your country on the rugby field is one revered by Scotland’s many rugby players including those who may live with physical or mental impairments. And, currently, the Scottish Deaf international rugby team is looking for adult male players, regardless of age or experience, who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing-impaired, to join its squad.The opportunity to pull on the blue jersey and represent your country on the rugby field is one revered by Scotland’s many rugby players including those who may live with physical or mental impairments.

And, currently, the Scottish Deaf international rugby team is looking for adult male players, regardless of age or experience, who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing-impaired, to join its squad.

To qualify for the side, prospective team members must have a 25dB average hearing loss between both ears, be Scottish-born, born of Scottish parent or grandparent or resident in Scotland for three years. Players must also be current members of a rugby club.

The team is set to play two international matches during the early part of 2008, both away fixtures. The first game is against Wales and takes place on Saturday 9 February (venue and kick-off time to be confirmed) and the second, against England, is scheduled for Sunday 9 March at Broadstreet RFC, Coventry (again, kick-off tome to be confirmed).

Looking forward to later in the year, Cardiff hosts the Deaf World Championships from 23 August to 7 September.
Scottish Rugby is keen to support the players, coaches and management of the Scottish Deaf international rugby team and, through the Community rugby department, recently donated playing kit for the squad.