British & Irish Cup full of benefits for Scottish clubs

Scotland’s clubs will have another chance to try their hand against teams from the three home nations, once again, when the British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend.

In its first four years the tournament has reaped a wealth of benefits for the competing clubs, be it more fans coming along on a Saturday or a player being signed after a strong perofrmance against a professional outfit.

Edinburgh Accies and Gala are at home this weekend, hosting Pontypridd at Raeburn Place and Aberavon at Netherdale.

Ayr, London Scottish and Stirling County are on the road for their ties in the cross border tournament, they take-on Jersey, London Welsh and Munster A respectively.

The four Scottish based teams gathered at Murrayfield today to launch the tournament.

With London Scottish and Edinburgh Accies in the same group this year – the only pool with two Scottish Rugby members in it – there will be much anticipation built around the derby.

London Scottish club captain Lewis Calder, son of Scottish rugby great Jim Calder and nephew of Finlay, said: "The British & Irish Cup is a competition we all look forward to.

“Having made a fine start in this season’s Championship, we want to carry that momentum into the Cup.

"Playing Gala at Netherdale last season was a great experience and, as an Edinburgh boy, the games against Edinburgh Academicals this year will be fantastic occasions not only for me but also both sets of supporters and players.”

British & Irish CUp 2013/14