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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

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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

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I’m interested in the make-up of the Eagles squad.

How many are local (Scottish) ‘league first’ players? Or are most union and league players, or league players from the traditional heartlands?

I’d imagine it is a mix, but would be interesting to have a rough breakdown

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13 hours ago, 2blackrooks said:

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

Where are you guys looking to play stadium wise? 

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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

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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

 

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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 

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11 hours ago, 2blackrooks said:

NERL RD 4
Cramlington 44 - 22 Edinburgh 

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP RD 3

Aberdeen 70 - 22 Forth Valley 

The Aberdeen v Forth Valley game was apparently fairly close for an hour and then Aberdeen ran away at the end with 5 unanswered tries. 

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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 

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The game in Scotland always seems to struggle to progress beyond a few clubs to then have any chance of growing into anything more meaningful. It just highlights how difficult these things are when it is all reliant on well meaning volunteers doing their best.

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22 minutes ago, Damien said:

The game in Scotland always seems to struggle to progress beyond a few clubs to then have any chance of growing into anything more meaningful. It just highlights how difficult these things are when it is all reliant on well meaning volunteers doing their best.

It'd be interesting to compare the size of the game there to when they received the RFL funding, plus we played various major events at Murrayfield. 

If we are serious about wanting to support the other Home Nations I think we should be looking at staging an event or two annually in each of them. 

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34 minutes ago, Dave T said:

It'd be interesting to compare the size of the game there to when they received the RFL funding, plus we played various major events at Murrayfield. 

If we are serious about wanting to support the other Home Nations I think we should be looking at staging an event or two annually in each of them. 

I think there is only any point in playing events there if there is some sort of joined up, cohesive approach with funding behind it. Scotland matches in Scotland should be a no brainer though.

I seem to recall that RL was doing quite well at one time in schools in Glasgow when the funding was there for development officers. It takes time and effort and as we have seen time and again there is little point doing these things unless you are in it for the long haul because the game just withers back to what it was, or worse as people are just left disillusioned and alienated.

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1 hour ago, Damien said:

I think there is only any point in playing events there if there is some sort of joined up, cohesive approach with funding behind it. Scotland matches in Scotland should be a no brainer though.

I seem to recall that RL was doing quite well at one time in schools in Glasgow when the funding was there for development officers. It takes time and effort and as we have seen time and again there is little point doing these things unless you are in it for the long haul because the game just withers back to what it was, or worse as people are just left disillusioned and alienated.

Yeah that's what I refer to really, if we think back to 2000 to maybe the mid 2010's we had finding via the RFL, then we played Challenge Cup Finals, Magic Weekends, on the road games, Scotland played games in Scotland. 

It's all concerted effort but really without costing the earth. It's this kind of thing I think we should be doing with targeted areas. We seem to be doing this with Newcastle, should be doing it with London, but are now ignoring any other population centres. 

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To be honest, this will be the second RLWC in a row where Scotland have participated despite not meeting the IRL's membership criteria. It should be the last. If they can't find 4 teams to play a domestic competition that lasts a minimum of 1 round of fixtures (the - frankly pathetic - minimum requirement for an affiliate member, their current status) then they shouldn't be playing in the World Cup. There really does have to be a minimum standard enforced. 

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"Just as we had been Cathars, we were treizistes, men apart."

Jean Roque, Calendrier-revue du Racing-Club Albigeois, 1958-1959

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