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  1. Anyhow meanwhile in the land of normality Forth Valley take on Glasgow today as the only 2 clubs playing in the domestic scene kick off is at Hillfoots rugby club 2pm
  2. Edinburgh do have and building a good sustainable set up and their next step is to build a youth set up. Strathmore recently did youth coaching sessions in RL but they are predominantly a Union squad Scottish RL just last weekend held an u16 development session but then what, there’s nothing for these kids to go to I could probably get a dozen or so kids together this weekend play a bit of league then say goodbye thanks for turning but there’s absolutely nothing to follow this on, no clubs to go and play for I know it’s not fair to constantly bash Scotland RL I’m not privy to any plans they have or have in place but they never release anything they certainly haven’t supported the clubs on Social media but they will post about sending a U19 team to Ireland to play in an international tournament, but where are these guys going after this ??? No clubs to play for, Nigeria can muster 8 teams Ghana 7 teams even put the games on YouTube. Scotland nothing There are a lot of Union players out there to tap into, many union clubs have packed in, it just needs some proactive action. We’ve in essence lost 4 teams this season, they say they will be back but will they I just fear for Glasgow and Forth valley now
  3. Your right since funding from the RL stopped, RL in Scotland has really been a struggle. Fortunately the volunteers do a massive job in keeping it going. Im unsure what help Scotland RL give to the likes of Forth Valley etc but I suspect it’s negligible if anything. What is frustrating Scottish RL do development days at u16 u19 level etc which is great but what the hell for when there’s nothing for them to play for, no development league no u19 league, just a bunch of lads playing a few games then they disperse. Recently spending cash on sending a U19 team to Ireland to play some international matches when the money could be spent on the domestic game. Also what I’ve noticed especially this year is the total lack of social media coverage the national body gives the league where Wales and Ireland are all over this. we've a WC coming up, bunch of guys representing Scotland but who knows apart from maybe a couple of thousand will even know this, and with no real domestic league out there to highlight that RL is played here I really don’t see the point anymore. Maybe they expect the WC will be the golden chalice of cash and will see an injection of money into the game. In a recent article pst players bemoaned that the game isn’t what it was, well maybe these guys who drew with NZ should come up and give something back and help with coaching, getting people interested, the total lack of international’s don’t help but I guess it’s down to cash which appears to be scarce. If action isn’t taken soon what scraps of RL Scotland have will just go
  4. Edinburgh are back in action this weekend away to Jarrow Vikings 1330pm Monkton Stadium Jarrow Sadly due to lack of games and I’ve no doubt little support Aberdeen Warriors have called it a day for 2022 but hope to be back in 2023, basically making this season virtually a non starter now Hopefully Glasgow and Forth carry on with some games Victoria Hogg has been appointed the new chair of Scotland RL hopefully this appointment will spur interest and support for the domestic game, which it badly needs
  5. https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/scotland-gone-backwards-andrew-henderson/?fbclid=IwAR2v9hhinFtKZW4fhkLGR_1MsDbBZL3WSjqsXta2xlqUt9EZaEmHNqNFO3M&fs=e&s=cl Interesting article on Scottish RL
  6. NERL RD 4 Cramlington 44 - 22 Edinburgh SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP RD 3 Aberdeen 70 - 22 Forth Valley
  7. Game day sees 2 unbeaten sides in NERL as Edinburgh head off to play Cramlington Rockets KO 1:30pm Eastfield playing fields Cramlington Scottish National league sees Aberdeen v Forth Valley KO 2pm Woodside Sports Complex Aberdeen
  8. For an u16 match of league in South Wales I’d say it was a good crowd
  9. Brilliant result for the Welsh lads and a good crowd of 1000
  10. Glasgow 26 - 52 Forth Valley Vikings Vikings make it 2 in a row with Glasgow making progress with every game played, well done to all the players The Vikings travel north to Aberdeen next Saturday to take on the Warriors Warriors taking this last year 84-10 but the Vikings are a year older wiser smarter so should be a good game KO 2pm Some highlights of the Eagles Catterick game
  11. Edinburgh come away from Newcastle as NERL 9s Champions 2022 with 4 out of 4 wins in the round robin then narrowly beat Jarrow Vikings 16-14 to take the tournament
  12. Edinburgh have a free weekend but travel to Newcastle this Thursday to play in the North East League 9’s tournament KO 12:30pm at Kingston Park Scottish National League returns this weekend Rd 2 which see’s Glasgow take on Forth Valley at Glasgow club Nethercraigs KO 2pm Scotland RL announced new development days for our U16’s on 5th June at Dalkeith rugby club Meanwhile recent good turnout for the U19’s and Students prior to a tri nations event in Ireland in June
  13. Edinburgh take on Catterick Crusades today KO 2pm Royal High School Edinburgh RD 3 NERL link to match day program below
  14. https://edinburgheagles.scot/become-an-owner/
  15. Edinburgh looking to aim big with plans on developing there player pathways through u16 and academy players, be financially viable train and retain there own coaches, hopefully re model the club and become 100% fan based owned and aim to be Scotland’s 1st professional club, Im sure more details of the strategy will be published soon
  16. Edinburgh take on Durham today at Houghton RFC 2pm KO after a re-jig of NERL fixtures which has seen Yarm ARLFC withdrawal from the league No news whatsoever of any Scottish Championship games being played today
  17. Over the years since it’s inception in 1997 the Scottish RL conference has seen the highs of a 9 team structure in 2013 to 3 this year with an average norm of 6 over the past 25 years Meanwhile there Celtic cousins in Wales and Ireland appear to have a more stable league, regular league based player internationals against various concepts of an England team or English based teams, Irelands latest venture playing London Chargers Wales juniors battling the English lions, Wales - Ireland women doing battle, Wales 1st team playing France later this year. North vs South style games etc etc Yet on the surface Scotland struggle to muster a decent league, there are of course green shoots with regular junior development days, Edinburgh have and are still doing well in NERL and the new concept of the Scottish Barbarians, Forth Valley appear to be moving forward at pace, Glasgow’s player numbers growing and Aberdeen are back, but what is the future for RL north of the border, will it always struggle with teams you can count on 1 hand, will the young guys coming through have teams/games to develop, will the women’s game ever get off the ground, will the national team get regular games in Scotland to shout out ‘we’re here’ Yes I guess finances are scarce will the WC help financially? Now is the ideal time for RL to offer hundreds of dissolutioned players even teams in Scotland to try RL, due to the current RU issues of funding the lower leagues, players are leaving the game, teams shutting there doors but what can be done???
  18. Scottish league Rd 1 Forth Valley 66-32 Glasgow
  19. Highlights Wallsend vs Edinburgh now live on Edinburgh’s FB page
  20. It is a shame, I’m not 100% sure why so won’t speculate On a positive note Aberdeen are back Glasgow seem to be getting good numbers turning up and a few younger lads, Forth valley going from strength to strength, only 3 teams is disappointing but we still have 3 teams. Hopefully RL Scotland are working behind the scenes though their lack of communication/updates is always frustrating Edinburgh though continue to grow on and off the field and representing Scottish RL well in NERL
  21. Sad news but Fife Lions have announced that they are unable to compete this season and hope to be back next year
  22. Forth Valley Vikings also had a season opener against a Scottish Barbarians side running out winners 70-6 (roughly) at Hillfoots RFC Tillicoultry Charity match in aid of State of Mind
  23. Edinburgh kicked off their NERL season with a 46-28 victory over Wallsend Eagles at Wallsend The Scottish league kicks off next weekend Forth Valley vs Aberdeen Glasgow vs Fife
  24. Live YouTube feed this weekend of the World Cup warm up match (womens) between Canada Ravens vs USA Red tails on Canada Ravens YT site 2030hrs UK
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