Under-16 Finals Set For The International Pitch

Young rugby hopefuls lining up for the national final of the under-16 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup and National Youth League Cup have welcomed the news that their glamour ties will be played on the international pitch at Murrayfield stadium.

The under-16 schools’ cup final, due to be played on the back pitches on Saturday 5 March, will now take place inside the home of Scottish Rugby on Sunday 20 March, while the under-16 final of the National Youth League Cup (scheduled for Sunday 6 March) will now form half of a double-header with the competition’s under-18 final on Saturday 7 May.

Young rugby hopefuls lining up for the national final of the under-16 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools’ Cup and National Youth League Cup have welcomed the news that their glamour ties will be played on the international pitch at Murrayfield stadium.

The under-16 schools’ cup final, due to be played on the back pitches on Saturday 5 March, will now take place inside the home of Scottish Rugby on Sunday 20 March, while the under-16 final of the National Youth League Cup (scheduled for Sunday 6 March) will now form half of a double-header with the competition’s under-18 final on Saturday 7 May.

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson said: “Both under-16 finals were originally scheduled for Murrayfield’s back pitches to safeguard the condition of the international pitch during the RBS 6 Nations window however, with the Schools’ Cup attendance expected to outstrip the capacity of the back-pitch and the wintry weather disrupting the progress of the Youth League Cup, this welcome change of location and date was required.”

The news means that Stirling County’s under-16 side will now join their under-18s at the home of Scottish Rugby having beaten North Berwick 38-8 in the semi-final on Sunday.

County coach, Bill Arundel, said: “I’m delighted that the side will be defending their title on the international pitch.

“To have the under-18s and 16s going to Murrayfield together is a great story for the club.

“You cant’ get any better than that, so few get that opportunity. It’s magnificent for the players, hopefully they’ll do themselves justice and give us a cracking final.”

Principle of Stewart’s Melville College, David Gray, agreed: “We’re delighted that both matches have been moved to the international pitch and look forward to taking on Edinburgh Academy at under-16 and under-18 level next month.”

CONFIRMED FINAL DATES
Saturday 5 March
– Brewin Dolphin Under-18 Scottish Schools’ Cup, kick-off 2pm
Sunday 20 March – Brewin Dolphin Under-16 Scottish Schools’ Cup, kick-off 2pm
Saturday 7 May – National Youth Under-18 League Cup, kick-off tbc
Saturday 7 May – National Youth Under-16 League Cup, kick-off tbc