No Distance Too Far For Calcutta Cup

Ambitious plans to transport the Calcutta Cup from Mull to Glasgow at the weekend were thwarted by that typical adversary . . . the Scottish weather. However, despite the fact that the cup couldn't be flown from Tobermory to the River Clyde in Glasgow by Loch Lomond Seaplanes - the low cloud meant the aircraft could not operate - Scottish Rugby was determined to ensure supporters could still see the famous trophy.Ambitious plans to transport the Calcutta Cup from Mull to Glasgow at the weekend were thwarted by that typical adversary . . . the Scottish weather.

However, despite the fact that the cup couldn't be flown from Tobermory to the River Clyde in Glasgow by Loch Lomond Seaplanes - the low cloud meant the aircraft could not operate - Scottish Rugby was determined to ensure supporters could still see the famous trophy.

Ongoing efforts, by Scottish Rugby, to make the cup accessible at a local level throughout Scotland, meant it had to undergo a round journey of over 240 miles.

The cup began its journey at Kilmarnock Rugby Club on Friday night, from where it travelled by land and sea to Garmony for the Isle of Mull Sevens. The cup was present at the event for a few hours before it was whisked away for a prestigious gala dinner in central Glasgow on Saturday night.

The Mull Sevens was a true family affair incorporating men's, women's and children's competitions.

Ed Crozier, referee and member of the Scottish Rugby Council, said: "The event was a huge success. In the morning we had a minis tag tournament with all twelve villages on the island entering teams.

_x001C_The afternoon saw 22 teams competing for the men's and women trophy. The Black Watch beat Stirling County 26 -24 in a hugely entertaining men's final and, in the ladies tournament, Dundee University beat Oban 17-10.

_x001C_Everyone loved having the Calcutta Cup there, it made the day even more special."

In the few months since Scotland overpowered their English counterparts at Murrayfield, the cup has journeyed thousands of miles to the furthest reaches of the country.

The Calcutta Cup's travel arrangements this week will conclude with another triple-header next Saturday 17 May. The cup is to be in attendance at East Kilbride's mini tournament, a charity cup tournament at Cambuslang and Morgan Academicals' anniversary dinner in Dundee.