Scottish Rugby welcomes 12 applications for Super 6

Scottish Rugby can confirm the application phase for potential Super 6 franchises has now closed.

Applications have been submitted by the following organisations:

Ayr

Boroughmuir

Currie Chieftains

Dundee

Edinburgh Academical FC

Gala

Glasgow Hawks

Hawick

Heriot’s

Melrose

Stirling County

Watsonian FC

There have been 12 applications for the six available franchises in the new tournament and as a result an assessment process will now commence.

This will be carried out by a panel who will assess the submitted applications against the criteria outlined in the franchise documents and hold review meetings with each of the potential franchises. The panel will then provide a recommendation to the Scottish Rugby Board, which will decide the six successful franchises.

The panel will have an Independent Chair, highly respected businessman and former Scotland Internationalist, Sir Bill Gammell and include the following members:

Stewart Harris – Chief Executive - sportscotland

Andrew Healy – Director of Finance – Scottish Rugby

Gregor Townsend – Scotland National Team Head Coach

Gemma Fay – Head of Women & Girl’s Rugby – Scottish Rugby

Stephen Gemmell – Technical Director – Scottish Rugby

Mark Dodson – Chief Executive – Scottish Rugby

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson said: “I would like to thank all the clubs which have engaged with us in recent months as part of the application process to establish Super 6.

“The level of interest and positivity around this crucial development for the top tier of Scotland’s club game has been remarkable and is reflected in the significant number of high quality applications we have received.

“It demonstrates what is possible when Scottish Rugby and its member clubs work together towards the common goal of improving the quality and infrastructure of the game in Scotland.

“Over the coming weeks we will be assessing each of the applications and continuing our dialogue with those interested parties to ensure we have the strongest possible foundations in place to begin Super 6 and the on-going delivery of our Agenda 3 strategy.”

Scottish Rugby President, Rob Flockhart said: “I am delighted that the hard work carried out by interested member clubs and Scottish Rugby staff has generated such a significant interest in the franchises for Super 6.

“I know from speaking to club members across the country that our Agenda 3 plans, of which Super 6 forms an important part, to support clubs in becoming more sustainable and central to their local communities are welcome and recognised as vital to ensure the health of our sport at all levels here in Scotland.

“This is an ambitious long-term strategy. Today's deadline closes one chapter and begins another in shaping our club game, for the better, for the years to come.”

Details of how Scottish Rugby will unveil the successful applications on 1st May will be announced in due course.

Scottish Rugby will not be commenting on individual applications while the review process is underway.