Ayr double-up in inaugural Junior Leagues

Ayr’s junior sides have secured the double in winning the Scottish Rugby under-16 and under-18 league titles in the competitions’ maiden year.

The under-16’s went undefeated in the Scottish Rugby Youth League winning nine from nine, the under-18s winning ten of their 11 games.

This bodes extremely well for the future of the Millbrae club, who already boast a successful senior side as current Scottish Cup and RBS Premiership champions.

Ayr President, William McHarg, said: “Well done to both the Ayr under-16 and under-18 teams on winning the Scottish Rugby Youth League titles in their inaugural year.

“I believe that winning both the titles is evidence that the academy we have in place is working to pave a bright and long-term future for the club.

“All credit to our Club Development Officer, Stuart Fenwick and his team, whose hard work contributes greatly to the success of the Ayr youth section.”

The Scottish Rugby Youth Leagues were launched in the 2013/14 season for teams who expressed an interest to play in a more intense cross-regional league and had the squad numbers and infrastructure to field a competitive side on a weekly basis.

Nick Rennie, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Clubs and Schools, said: “In their first year, the Scottish Rugby Youth Leagues have fulfilled their purpose in providing a strong, competitive cross-regional competition, with the vast majority of games being played and to a high standard.

“Congratulations to Ayr securing the league titles at both under-16 and under-18 level, a huge feat for the junior section of the club.

“Now attention turns to the National Youth League Cup, kicking off on Saturday 18 January , where there is no doubt there will be further countless displays of talent on show.”

SRU President, Donald Macleod, presented Ayr under-18s with their trophy at half-time, when Ayr welcomed Aberdeen Grammar to Millbrae in December.