FOSROC Regional Academy Stage One and Two intake announced

90 of the nation's best young players will be given extra support to aid their development

Action from Caledonia U16 v Borders and East Lothian U16 during the Forsroc Academy Finals Day last August. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Action from Caledonia U16 v Borders and East Lothian U16 during the Forsroc Academy Finals Day last August. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SCOTTISH RUGBY has announced the 90 players who will form the Stage One and Two intake of this season’s FOSROC Regional Academy programme, which seeks to support the development of the nation’s most promising young players through four centres based in Aberdeen/Dundee, Ravenscraig, Edinburgh and Galashiels.

The FOSROC Regional Academy also supports a number of female athletes, including the current home-based National Women’s team players, players within the wider performance programme and those in the Scottish Futures programme.

“It’s been a challenging season so far, so for our staff and young players in the four FOSROC Academies the announcement of our 90 young players is really exciting,” said Sean Lineen, Head of National Age-Grades and Academies.

“When protocol has allowed, we have been in contact with the players, coming up with creative ways to communicate with them.


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“The latest initiative sees Gregor Townsend and his coaching staff run virtual coaching masterclasses, all of our FOSROC Academy players and staff are looking forward to this immensely. It will provide a great insight into the workings of our national team.”

Borders and East Lothian: Thomas Jeffrey (Jed-Forest), Jamie Gordon (Gala Wanderers), Corey Tait (Hawick HS/Youth), Marcus Brogan (Hawick HS/Youth), Hamish Mollart (Loretto School/Melrose RFC), Ben Weir (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC), Lochie Milne (Dunbar GS/RFC), Sam Derrick (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC), Taylor Wilson (Dunbar GS/RFC), Finlay Duraj (Loretto School), Ben Lynch (Melrose RFC), Finlay Thomson (Dunbar GS/RFC), Luke Townsend (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC), Ben Pickles (Selkirk RFC), Roly Brett (Melrose RFC), Finlay Douglas (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC), Murray Wilson (Gala Academy/Wanderers), Elliot Stanger (Hawick HS/Youth), Matt Reid (Gala Wanderers), Sandy Graham (Dunbar GS/RFC), Kieran Clark (Southern Knights), Rudi Brown (Earlston HS/Melrose RFC).

Caledonia: Finlay Burgess (Deeside Rugby), Ben Salmon (Dollar Academy), Samuel Wallace (Dollar Academy), Adam Flynn (Dundee HSFP RFC), Moby Ogunlaja (Dundee HSFP RFC), Archie Falconer (Ellon Rugby), Callum Stephen (Gordonians RFC), Jake Spurway (Glenalmond College), Harris Mitchell (Mackie Academy FP RFC), Andrew McLean (Robert Gordon’s College), Ross McKnight (Stirling County RFC), Mikey Heron  (Stirling County Wolves), Joe Halliday (Stirling County Wolves), Jack Duncan (Stirling County Wolves), Andy Stirrat (Strathallan School), Callum Beckett (Strathallan School), Harris McLeod (Strathallan School), Duncan Webb (Strathallan School), Callum Norrie (Strathallan School), Jonny Morris (Strathallan School), Eric Davey (Strathallan School).

Edinburgh: Fraser McAslan (Edinburgh Accies), Duncan Hood (Heriots Blues), Gregor Scougall (Currie Chieftains), Callum Anderson (Heriots Blues), Angus Hoffie (Currie Chieftains), Ryan Daley (Currie Chieftains), Cameron Scott (Currie Chieftains), Michael Jones (Boroughmuir Bears), Archie Bogle (Heriots Blues), Teddy Thomson (Merchiston Castle School), Robert Gordon (Stewarts Melville College), Ben Afshar, (Merchiston Castle School), Matthew Russell (Stewarts Melville College), Aidan Boyle (Stewarts Melville College), Zack Smith (George Heriots School), Daniel King (Stewarts Melville College), Ben Evans (Stewarts Melville College), Harvey Cameron-Barr (The Edinburgh Academy), Michael Cantle (George Watsons College), Alex Burns (The Edinburgh Academy), Brodie Young (George Watsons College).

Glasgow and the West: Ali Rodgers (Cumnock), Aaron Burgess (Kelvinside Academy), Dylan Maxwell (Allan Glens), Ewan Brannan (Kelvinside Academy), Jamie McEntegart (St Aloysius), Theo McKenna (St Aloysius), Josh Reed (GHA), Ben Skinner (St Columbas), Rory Gordon (Dumfries Saints), Nairn Calder (Marr), Duncan Munn (Kelvinside Academy) Jacob Peacock (GHA), Calum Ferrie (Kelvinside Academy), Euan Muirhead (Dumfries Saints), Aiden O’Connor (Ayr), Charlie Kennedy (High School of Glasgow), George Breese (Stirling County), Chris Elliott (Cartha Queens Park), Jamie Drummond (Ayrshire Bulls), Jamie Campbell (Boroughmuir Bears), Trystan Andrews (Glasgow Hawks), Cameron Young (Ayr), Christian Townsend (Ayrshire Bulls), Thomas Glendinning (Glasgow Hawks), Jordan Craig (GHA), Adam Scott (GHA).

The 30 full-time Contracted Academy players (formally Stage 3) are now aligned with either Edinburgh Rugby or Glasgow Warriors. That group was announced in June and consists of:

Glasgow Warriors (14 players + 1 still tbc): Thomas Lambert (Sydney University), Angus Fraser (Stirling County), Murphy Walker (Stirling County), Max Williamson (Dollar Academy), Alex Samuel (Stirling County), Gregor Brown (Boroughmuir Bears), Rory Jackson (Ayrshire Bulls), Ross Thompson (Ayrshire Bulls), Euan Cunningham (Stirling County), Robbie MacCallum (Boroughmuir Bears), Michael Gray (Dollar Academy), Finlay Callaghan (GHK), Ollie Melville (Sale Sharks), Ollie Smith (Ayrshire Bulls).

Edinburgh (15 players): Shaun Gunn (Southern Knights), Dan Gamble (Heriots Rugby), Cole Lamberton (Edinburgh Accies), Charlie Jupp (Heriots Rugby), Jack Mann (Heriots Rugby), Ben Muncaster (Rugby School/Leicester Tigers), Cameron Scott (Boroughmuir Bears), Scott King (Heriots Rugby), Matt Currie (Watsonians Rugby), Harry Paterson (Heriots Rugby), Nathan Chamberlain (Hartpury College/Bristol Bears), Roan Frostwick (Watsonian’s Rugby), Nathan Sweeney (Southern Knights), Jacob Henry (Southern Knights), Patrick Harrison (Peebles).


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5 Comments

  1. Too true
    There’s two many young guys in Scottish rugby who never get the chances .
    An overhaul of how these squads are assembled is badly needed .
    Ps .
    Is where you come from or who you know still going on .seems so

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    • If you give me a list of all these players not getting a chance I will make sure Sean Lineen gets the list and he’ll make sure they’re watched.
      All I can say from personal experience the system is ten times better than it was in my day. ?

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      • I could give you six names in Glasgow right now who have chosen to opt out of the academy structure who would walk into that squad. Why? Because it has a sort of pretend professionalism to it prematurely (which is off putting) which with a tiny number of pro opportunities at our two franchises at the end feels like a bit of an ask…. We need to keep the academy much moire regional much bigger and much more fun and inclusive up to U18. With more games and round robin tournaments and less training and trust in and invest in the coaching skills and strength and tactics at the clubs and schools. This is smoke and mirrors to distract from the overall strategy fail.

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