The Calcutta Cup will take to the skies tomorrow as it is flown from the Island of Mull sevens rugby tournament to a gala dinner in Glasgow city centre. . . by seaplane. The arduous journey of 120 miles, would have taken over four hours by ferry, road or rail. However, Scottish Rugby has teamed up with Loch Lomond Seaplanes to ensure the cup can be in attendance at both events, punctually.The Calcutta Cup will take to the skies tomorrow as it is flown from the Island of Mull sevens rugby tournament to a gala dinner in Glasgow city centre. . . by seaplane.
The arduous journey of 120 miles, would have taken over four hours by ferry, road or rail. However, Scottish Rugby has teamed up with Loch Lomond Seaplanes to ensure the cup can be in attendance at both events, punctually.
The journey represents the ongoing efforts of Scottish Rugby to reach out and acknowledge the contribution of community rugby to the national game.
Head of Community Rugby, Colin Thomson, said: "Scottish Rugby recognises the role the Calcutta Cup has as an iconic trophy. The tour is to demonstrate our appreciation of the valuable role volunteers have in nurturing talent from the grassroots.
_x001C_The journey on Saturday represents the commitment we have to make the trophy accessible to all clubs across Scotland."
Tournament organisers are encouraging cowboys and cowgirls from the _x001C_Wild West of Scotland_x001D_ to depart for the 'Magnificent Mull Sevens' on Saturday morning, for what promises to be a very sociable and entertaining event.
Competitors from across the nation will feature in the men's and women's division. The added media publicity around the cup and its flight plan will bring another dimension to the weekend's festivities on Mull.
Derwyn Morgan, Isle of Mull Rugby Club's fixtures secretary, said: _x001C_Having the Calcutta Cup at the event emphasises the growing popularity and prestige of the tournament on the sevens circuit.
_x001C_Other than that, it is a great inspiration for the children to recognise and be part of success at the top flight of Scottish Rugby._x001D_
A Youth Tag Tournament will precede the main event in Garmony, with the first fixture in the sevens kicking off at 1pm. For those eager not to miss a minute of the action, the Oban ferry will depart at 11.45am and the Lochaline ferry at 11.55am, with the last return journey at 7pm.
The hectic travel schedule continues throughout the coming months for the Calcutta Cup. In fact, on Sunday morning the cup is on the road again heading off to Ardrossan.
Groups (fixtures to be played between 1-5 pm)
Men's One: Livingston, Cumbernauld, Highlanders, Mull
Men's Two: Stirling County, Greenock, Blackwatch, Livingston social
Men's Three: GHA, Hillfoots, Mid Argyll, Stirling County 2xv
Men's Four: Ellon, Helensburgh, Oban, Bute/Hill
Women's One: Kirkcaldy, Grangemouth, Mull, Dundee University
Women's Two: GHA, Lismore, Watsonians, Oban, Morgan
5.20pm Winner Men's League One v Three
5.33pm Winner Men's League Two v Four
5.45pm Women's Final
6pm Men's Final