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Club Captain’s Welcome

AH Committee

Hello Saints,

As we came into the new season there was plenty to be excited about. Varsity, as expected, dominated the focus of the club in the first few weeks back. The profile of the Scottish Varsity Matches is continuing to grow with Scottish rugby putting more time, effort and publicity into the games year on year. Unfortunately, despite being closer than last year, all 3 teams came out on the losing side but it was a great weekend nonetheless.

Preseason started in August, giving the squads 3 weeks to prepare prior to the start of term and then two weeks on top of that to get ready for Varsity. With a new Director of Rugby in the form of former Scotland and Newcastle Falcons hooker Scott Lawson, this preseason has brought a change in structure within the coaching staff and a new brand of rugby. Scott’s knowledge and insight has been incredibly important in the 1st XV’s battle for promotion, but the team still need bonus point wins for the rest of the season and other results to go their way if they are to be promoted back into BUCS North B.

The loss of some key members of the club to graduation last year left a big hole to fill but many of the younger members have stepped up to lead on and off the pitch throughout the Semester, including 2nd Year Will Wright who has captained the 3XV in what has been a difficult season for the team, after promotion to the league above last year. This has seen them battle against our 2nd XV in a particularly tough division, both needing a couple of wins next Semester to ensure survival.

One of the main challenges this year was sustaining all 4 teams week in, week out, but this is allowing the club to provide the platform for members to play whatever their aspirations and abilities. We are first and foremost, as our social convenor Connor Stobo likes to remind everyone, a rugby club, but this structure does allow for the continuation of an important social aspect of the club. Injured 1st team player Charlie Davies has done a great job of running the social team, otherwise known as the Goats, who have put in some impressive performances. The Goats have seen quite a few new members join to play social rugby and come down to Madras rugby club on Wednesday evening to enjoy the social side of the club.

Coming off the back of a difficult year, we are pleased with the direction of the club and we hope to maintain a closer link with our alumni, keeping you informed on all of the goings on in the club over the coming season.

I hope to see some of you soon.


Alex Hodgins

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