Support from home helps inspire Scotland
Scrum-half George Horne and Assistant Coach Matt Taylor revealed an in-house video showing the support of Scotland fans back home featured as part of the team’s build-up for Monday’s Rugby World Cup win over Samoa.
It had been a tough week for the Scots in the wake of their opening round defeat to Ireland, as they sought to turn their attention to a vital tie against the Pacific Irelanders.
The team are acutely aware of the home support in capacity crowds now commonplace at BT Murrayfield but contact with home is far less frequent in a championship bubble on the other side of the world.
Horne said: “It was great. It was nice to know the supporters were up early in the morning down at the local clubs.
“That was me 10 or 15 years ago down at the Howe [Howe of Fife RFC] watching with all my mates and my mum and dad. It was cool to see them all doing that and showed that the support is there.
“It’s tough with the time difference that you are isolated off from back home. Seeing clips like that is great. The buzz is not just over here, it’s also back home.”
He added: “It made you realise how much it means to people back home.
“We knew the responsibility that we needed to improve on our performance from last week and make everyone here and back home that are cheering us on proud.”
The video above at North Berwick and Broughton Rugby Clubs had originally been created to encapsulate the support of fans in clubs around the country who were showing Scotland's RWC2019 pool matches as part of the ‘Everyone’s Game’ initiative.Head Coach Gregor Townsend asked for an extended version of the video be edited to feature several other clubs taking part to be played to the squad in the team’s meeting room, two days from that vital Test at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. You can see a round-up of the first week of activity HERE.Taylor said: “We watched the video in the week of all the young kids in Scotland watching us play, which was really motivating for us.
“It was a nice reminder to the boys of what it meant at home and how much it means to people. It tugged on the heartstrings a bit in the week. – make this one big?
“There’s a lot of people backing for us back home, which means a lot. It was nice.”
The Everyone’s Game campaign is running at rugby clubs throughout the Rugby World Cup, encouraging clubs to open their doors to Scotland supporters for the pool fixtures, running breakfasts, youth sessions, mini festivals, touch tournaments and family fun days. There are over 80 events will be taking place over the pool stages, with the final group fixture against Japan on Sunday 13 October in Yokohama also proving to be a popular choice with clubs.
To find out about all the events taking place at a rugby club near you during the Rugby World Cup click HERE.
Applications are still open for clubs, university teams and schools to apply for event support during the Rugby World Cup which includes printed resources, t-shirts, bunting, giveaways and social media promotion as well as Scottish Rugby staff support on the day. Find out more and apply.