RWC Media Information
Welcome to the Scotland team media hub for Rugby World Cup 2019. We hope you find this page useful in supporting your efforts to follow and cover Scotland’s progress in this year’s tournament.
Scotland team media guide
Inside this guide you will find the details of your key Scotland team media contacts Michael James (Team Media Manager) and Matt Horler (Scottish Rugby Head of Media) as well as the team’s forward media schedule, which will be updated via the tournament Media Zone, as well as essential info on the current squad and the team, historically.
Training grounds (google map links)
Scotland in Japan
Scotland and Japan have a historic connection which dates back to revered industrialist, Thomas Blake Glover, who first set foot on Japanese soil in 1859. Glover, who helped found Mitsubishi Corporation and build Japan's first modern shipyards, was the first foreigner decorated by the Japanese government.
The Scots and Japanese remain close allies in trade and have worked together in a rugby context for several years.
In 2013, Scottish Rugby signed a long-term partnership with the Japanese Rugby Union to help in a number of ways including medical expertise, coach development, commercial guidance and a commitment to play regular fixtures between the two countries.
A number of activities have taken place since the partnership was signed including:
- An event at the Japanese Embassy in Edinburgh for the Minister for Sport & Public Health to meet with the mayor and chairman of Nagasaki
- Annual fixtures agreed between Japanese schoolboys and Scottish sides
- 110 schools in the Nagasaki Prefecture received Scottish Rugby balls - handed over by the Prefecture to each school
- In 2017 player and coaches visited and to coach 2,000 youngsters in a series of training camps
- In 2018, 30 school boys from emerging Schools of Rugby in Scotland travelled to Nagasaki to play rugby and enjoy a cultural exchange, coinciding with the anniversary of the atomic bomb to further strengthen the historic and cultural learnings.
- Al Kellock led the tour as ambassador and Scotland second-row, Jonny Gray, will spent time with the young squad in the build-up to the tour, taking training sessions and sharing his experiences as a young player
- Scotland’s in-country training camp ahead of the Rugby World Cup, which will see the national team interact with the local community, schools, children and businesses.
- A number of events are planned including a welcome team dinner, before the official welcome at the Thomas Glover gardens
- The official kit of the Scotland team for this year’s Rugby World Cup incorporates the Nagasaki tartan under the collar of the shirts, signifying the special relationship between Nagasaki and Scottish Rugby
- Japan is now the second largest market for merchandise sales outside of the UK and has demonstrated a 4500% increase in sales year on year
- Annual exchanges will continue to take place after the RWC as part of the relationship and long-standing commitment to each other
- All 21 rugby playing schools in Yokohama were sent a Scotland rugby ball for their school
- The 730 rugby playing youngsters in Yokohama were sent a Scotland branded baseball cap
- A competition was organised for each school to nominate one child to win a place at a coaching session with Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend. The competition was based on the Scotland team’s trademarks of Bravery, Family and Energy with the child who brings most energy to their rugby sessions nominated
- In April 2019 Gregor ran a training session for the 21 children at the Yokohama Country and Athletics Clu
Scottish Rugby prides itself on providing a world class match-day experience for fans at BT Murrayfield on Scotland match days.
During Rugby World Cup 2015, a Scottish Rugby House concept was devised to provide a home from home for Scotland fans in Newcastle ahead of Scotland’s games again South Africa and Samoa. The same concept is being developed in Yokohama to coincide with Scotland’s games against Ireland and Japan.
Yokohama Creative Centre has been identified as the venue for Scottish Rugby House. Catering for 350 fans split over two levels. The venue provides the ideal meeting place for fans pre match and post-match after the Ireland game
In partnership with Scottish Development International, the upper floor of Scottish Rugby House will be used out with game day for trade and investment events promoting Scotland and Scottish brands to the Japanese market.
A number of other events have been organised for partners and friends of Scottish Rugby throughout the Rugby World Cup to engage with local industries and showcase the Scotland and Scottish Rugby brand.