New season’s league fixtures announced as SRU confirm Super Series Championship will not be played

Champions Currie Chieftains kick-off Premiership defence away to Ayr

Sam Cardosi on the ball for Hawick against Currie Chieftains in last season's Premiership play-off final. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Sam Cardosi on the ball for Hawick against Currie Chieftains in last season's Premiership play-off final. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTTISH Rugby has finally confirmed this morning that the Super Series Championship due to be played this autumn will not take place, and that the entire Super Series will therefore end this weekend when the Sprint play-offs take place. The confirmation came in a single paragraph in a media release to announce the league fixtures for the forthcoming 2024-25 domestic season.

To view the 2024-25 club rugby fixture schedule, click HERE.

Since the announcement earlier this season that Super Series would not have a second five-year franchise period, it had been generally presumed that this autumn’s Championship – scheduled to be the last tournament in the first five-year franchise – would not now take place. Among other factors, the rejigging of the men’s leagues to accommodate the parent clubs of all six Super Series teams would make it all but impossible for the Championship to proceed.

But confirmation was still required, and for whatever reason it was not forthcoming until today, when the release from Murrayfield stated: “The 2024 FOSROC Super Series Championship will not be played. At the end of the 2024 FOSROC Super Series Sprint, FOSROC Super Series rugby will conclude. The Premiership will be the top level of male club rugby in Scotland. ”


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Of the half-dozen original Super 6 teams, Ayr (Ayrshire Bulls), Melrose (Southern Knights) and Watsonians will all return to the Premiership next season, joining Heriot’s. Boroughmuir (Boroughmuir Bears) and Stirling County (Stirling Wolves) will compete in National 1.

The women’s Premiership kicks off on 24 August, a week before the men’s, with the early date required to ensure the tournament’s completion by the end of the year. As was the case in the season just ended, cup competitions will be held after the turn of the year. The first round of the men’s Premiership will see a rerun of this year’s Scottish Cup final, when Edinburgh Accies meet Hawick at Raeburn Place.

Full league fixtures for the coming season can be found on the fixtures and results section of the Scottish Rugby website.

2024-24 OPENING FIXTURES

Women’s Premiership (Saturday 24 August):

Garioch v Corstorphine , Heriot’s v Stirling County, Hillhead Jordanhill v Stewartry, Watsonians v Cartha  Queen’s Park.

Men’s Premiership (Saturday 31 August):

Ayr v Currie Chieftains, Edinburgh Accies v Hawick, Glasgow Hawks v Musselburgh, Kelso v Watsonians, Marr v Selkirk, Melrose v Heriot’s.

Men’s National League Division 1 (Saturday 31 August):
Biggar v Jed-Forest, Boroughmuir v GHA, Gala v Highland, Glasgow Accies v Dundee, Stirling County v Peebles.


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7 Comments

  1. Does all this mean that the majority of sides could be playing against players who are being paid. How has that come about.
    Are the teams who have just been brought in going to win because of their professional set ups.
    It’s not great and it’s not been thought out.
    But then when did the SRU care.

  2. Do we know if it is a straight race to be league champions or if there will be play offs to determine the champions?

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