FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy to align with Scotland’s professional teams
Scottish Rugby is aligning its young FOSROC Academy players more closely with its two professional teams once the new 2020/21 season gets underway.
Up to 30 Stage 3 FOSROC Academy players will be evenly contracted between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh, enabling them to train daily with the professional players and helping them accelerate their development, being immersed in the pro team club culture earlier and more often in their careers than in recent seasons.
The move by Scottish Rugby creates a regular and closer association for talented emerging players and puts them under the eye of pro team Head Coaches Richard Cockerill and Danny Wilson respectively.
Whilst being based in the pro team environment, the players will continue to receive specific Academy support through dedicated age-grade specialist coaches, S&C and physios, who will have responsibility to ensure the continued development of these players.
All of the players will have individual player plans and these will also see them training and playing with their FOSROC Super6 team.
However their closer links and time with Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh will make them more readily available for pro team selection and also improve the squad depth of the country’s two full-time teams.
The alignment of the Stage 3 players from the Academy to the pro teams creates opportunity moving forward in the national FOSROC Academy to bring in more supported Stage 2 players, who will continue to be selected to one of the four regional Academy hubs in the Glasgow & the West, Edinburgh, Borders & East Lothian and Caledonia.
Scottish Rugby’s Director of Performance Jim Mallinder said: “I think this is a logical and important step to take to further the development of our most talented young players.
“Spending more hands-on time in the pro team environment benefits both the younger player who is effectively learning on the job on a day to day basis and also the pro team which can more closely monitor player development and deepen their squads with home-grown players. This will also allow our next generation of players to be mentored by and learn from our top professional players.
“As we hopefully move into a post-Covid-19 season the reality is we will need to be more self-sufficient in developing our own players locally and ensure they can step up at the right time into the professional ranks. The FOSROC Academy has now got to the point where it can successfully produce players and we need to give them a clear pathway to further their careers and I think this is the right way to go.”
The 30 players aligned to Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby for the 2020/21 season are:
CONTRACTED FOSROC ACADEMY PLAYERS 2020-21
(CLUBS/SCHOOL AT TIME OF SIGNING)
Glasgow Warriors (14 players + 1 still tbc)
Thomas Lambert – Sydney University
Angus Fraser – Stirling County
Murphy Walker – Stirling County
Max Williamson – Dollar Academy
Alex Samuel – Stirling County
Gregor Brown – Boroughmuir Bears
Rory Jackson – Ayrshire Bulls
Ross Thompson – Ayrshire Bulls
Euan Cunningham – Stirling County
Robbie MacCallum – Boroughmuir Bears
Michael Gray – Dollar Academy
Finlay Callaghan – GHK (injured last season, previously at GHK)
Ollie Melville – Sale Sharks
Ollie Smith – Ayrshire Bulls
Edinburgh (15 players)
Shaun Gunn – Southern Knights
Dan Gamble – Heriots Rugby
Cole Lamberton – Edinburgh Accies
Charlie Jupp – Heriots Rugby
Jack Mann – Heriots Rugby
Ben Muncaster – Rugby School/Leicester Tigers
Cameron Scott – Boroughmuir Bears
Scott King – Heriots Rugby
Matt Currie – Watsonians Rugby
Harry Paterson - Heriots Rugby
Nathan Chamberlain – Hartpury College/Bristol Bears
Roan Frostwick – Watsonian’s Rugby
Nathan Sweeney – Southern Knights
Jacob Henry – Southern Knights
Patrick Harrison – Peebles