Coaching teams and fixture details unveiled for Inter District Championship

Colin Sangster, Bob McKillop, Kenny Diffenthal and Matty Douglas to head up the teams

Caledonia Reds took on the South at Riverside Park back in 2016. Image: Steven Rennie
Caledonia Reds took on the South at Riverside Park back in 2016. Image: Steven Rennie

THE coaching teams and fixture details have been confirmed for the soon to be revived Scottish Inter District Championship.

Caledonia Reds coaching team will be headed by by Colin Sangster of Dundee, and he will be assist by Kevin Wyness (Highland/GHA), Junior Bulumakau (Highland) and  Sam Mountain (Gordonians).

Bob McKillop of Heriot’s Rugby  is head coach of Edinburgh, assisted by Alex Hagart (Stewart’s Melville), Mark Cairns (Currie Chieftains) and Iain Bethinussen (Edinburgh Academical).


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Kenny Diffenthal of Marr will take charge of the Glasgow & West team, assisted by Thomas Davidson (Glasgow Hawks) and Stephen Adair (Marr) who join as assistant coaches.

Last but not least, Matty Douglas, who led Hawick to the Premiership title this season, will take charge of the Soth team, working alongside Andrew Clark (Musselburgh), Iain Chisholm (Peebles) and Robert Grigg (Melrose Rugby).

Training squads for each District will be announced before in early April. Subject to eligibility criteria, players will be selected from across the National Leagues, which includes the Premiership.

“We are delighted by the enthusiasm and support shown so far for the Inter-district Championship,”said Scottish Rugby Vice President, Keith Wallace. “The coaching and management appointments show a real breadth of club talent, and we look forward to the squad announcements with eager anticipation.”

The revival of the Inter District Championship is the result of an amended motion presented by GHA at the Scottish Rugby AGM in July 2021, where 72 clubs voted in favour and 46 against). The competition, which was first established in 1953, used to be competed for annually in the amateur era by Edinburgh, Glasgow, the South, the North and Midlands and, laterally, the Scottish Exiles.

In the revived format will be played on a knocks-out basis in May with each team getting two games.

  • Tuesday 9 May (7pm): The South v Edinburgh, Netherdale (Galashiels)
  • Saturday 13 May (3pm): Caledonia Reds v Glasgow & The West, Canal Park (Inverness)

With the locations confirmed for the first two fixtures, Scottish Rugby is now accepting submissions from clubs across Scotland who are interested in hosting the Final and third/fourth place play-off on Sunday 21 May.

The hosting club will be required to provide the following facilities, support and logistics:

  • Minimum capacity for 1,500 spectators
  • Hospitality space
  • Recommendations for catering services for hospitality
  • Ensure availability for the point of contact person responsible (and person implementing if delegated) to work with Scottish Rugby staff on coordination of the event
  • Parking provisions for teams and spectators
  • Changing facilities for four teams and Match Officials
  • Match Day Emergency Action Plans (please attach a copy with each submission)

Submissions should be submitted to Vicky Cox, Competitions & Compliance Manager at vicky.cox@sru.org.uk no later than Friday 31 March 2023.


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9 Comments

  1. Sadly i do not think there will be much interest for this outdated concept. One of the requirements is the ability to host a minimum of 1500 fans… why? They will be lucky to get 150 supporters!

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  2. Agree, North & Midlands has heritage.
    Did anyone ask them what title they preferred ?
    Perhaps the DAM stadium at Murrayfield is best placed for all four districts to access being most central with the SRU on hand to lend their organisational expertise and facilities.
    Unless of course they still want to continue distancing themselves from club rugby?

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  3. Is the requirement for 4 changing rooms an indication the SRU wants the Final and 3rd/4th Place fixture to be played at one venue? I’m hoping that DAM Health & Scotstoun are not considered, nor are any Super 6 grounds.
    Is an artificial surface a requirement?

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  4. Picky, maybe, but what was wrong with North & Midlands, instead of Caledonia Reds? It would be more consistent with the other regional names.

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    • Not exactly a catchy name tho.
      The kind of name you’d give a team that exists purely to feed the national side, which is what it was.

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    • I fully agree about N&M. Fyi, “Caledonia Reds” was a marketing brand name devised by the joint Districts’ administrators at the advent of professionalism, when great things were envisaged on the big stage!

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