Scholarship blow for Allan

Edinburgh Rugby prop, Alex Allan, will no longer travel to New Zealand as part of the John Macphail Scholarship after he sustained a leg fracture in training last week.
The 21-year-old was set to fly out this Saturday to spend 15 weeks benefiting from the state-of-the art facilities and specialist coaching offered by the Canterbury RFU’s high performance unit, however the injury has ruled him out of the opportunity.Alex Allan in action for the Scotland Club XV
Glasgow Warriors stand-off – and fellow scholarship nominee –  Finn Russell, will still depart on Saturday as planned, with Allan’s replacement announced early next week.
Scottish Rugby’s head of Performance development, Stephen Gemmell, said: “We are disappointed that Alex [Allan] will miss this opportunity, and wish him aspeedy recovery.

“Finn [Russell] will fly out to Christchurch this weekend and begin training as originally planned and then will be joined by Alex’s replacement as soon as possible.”

The Macphail Scholarship, now entering its ninth year, was established in memory of former Scotland hooker John Macphail, who died in 2004.

In Macphail’s business career, he was chief executive then chairman, of the Edrington Group, a private company that is owned by the Robertson Trust.

Macphail was a trustee of the Robertson Trust for 28 years and chairman for 19 of those years.

The scholarship has a proud record of assisting the development of Scottish talent and previous winners also include the Edinburgh Rugby flanker Roddy Grant, stand-off Harry Leonard and hooker George Turner.

In addition to the two players, two coaches will also have the chance to broaden their knowledge through the scholarship with a similar trip to New Zealand.

Coaches at RBS Premier Division clubs, age-grade and women’s international coaches and Scottish Rugby performance department staff all have the chance to apply with the announcement of the successful coaches in mid/late April.