Balfron High School is set to compete in the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup for the first time this season it was announced at today's competition launch.
The Stirlingshire school has entered a team into the under-16 Cup competition, the top tier tournament for schools rugby, and will face last season's semi-finalists, Edinburgh Academy, in their opening tie.
Their under-18 counterparts will compete in the Plate, which is organised regionally and will commence later in the year.
The Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools' competitions exist to give over 5000 young rugby players across the country the opportunity to play, enjoy and compete in rugby matches at two age levels – under-16 and under-18 for boys, and under-15 and under-18 for girls.
Scotland's most capped internationalist, Chris Paterson and former pupil and Scotland 7s player Colin Gregor visited Balfron High School to kick-off the national tournament.
Gregor said: "Entering the Cup is great for the school and will continue the development of the sport in the PE department and the link with Strathendrick rugby club.
I was at the awards dinner a couple of years ago and the school team had just enjoyed success in the Stirling area, so it's great to see them progressing into this flagship competition.”
This season the under-18 Cup semi-finals will be held on the back pitches of BT Murrayfield Stadium, as a curtain raiser to Scotland's Autumn Test match against Argentina on Saturday 8 November (kick-off 5.30pm) with the finals held on the international pitch later that month.
Scotland's record points scorer, Paterson added: "The Brewin Dolphin competitions are always really exciting and I think it's invaluable for our young players to experience the highs and lows that are part of Cup tournaments.
"Good luck to everyone who is taking part.”
Marc Wilkinson, Regional Director at Brewin Dolphin, said: "It's great to get the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools competitions underway and we are looking forward to another exciting season of rugby from schools right across Scotland. We wish all the teams that are competing this year the very best of luck.”
Following a six-team preliminary round in the under-16 competition, the first round of the Cup will get underway at both age grades and will be played by Saturday 20 September. The teams who are defeated at this stage will then drop into the Shield competition.
Details of the Plate and Bowl competitions at under-16 and under-18 levels will be confirmed in due course.
Under-18 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup – Round 1 (ties to be played on or before Saturday 20 September)
Under-16 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup – Preliminary Round (ties to be played on or before Saturday 6 September)
Under-16 Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup – Round 1 (ties to be played on or before Saturday 20 September)