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SGM preview: A ten point guide to how Scottish rugby reached this position

Dodson and Bradbury

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson and president Dee Bradbury. Image: © Craig Watson -

A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING of the Scottish Rugby Union will convene at Murrayfield tomorrow night [starting at 6pm] to vote on a single motion which aims to put to bed once and for all concerns amongst rank-and-file clubs about the impact of the introduction of a closed-shop Super 6 league to sit at the summit of the domestic game from next season onwards.

After a year and a half of wrangling, it has boiled down to the issue of where the ‘Club XVs’ (or ‘2nd XVs’ depending on your perspective) of these Super 6 organisations should fit into what remains of the traditional league structure.

However, with no evidence of any sort of impact assessment being conducted at the genesis of this process, a number of key issues  relating to how the league will look and operate remain up in the air, and are unlikely to be resolved this weekend. Such as –

  1. What is the status of Super 6? Is it part of the performance/professional game? Or is it part of the domestic game?
  2. Will there be dual registration for players between Super 6 and what remains of the club game? An amendment to tomorrow night’s motion which sought to clarify this question has been left off the agenda by SRU General Counsel Robert Howat on the basis that it does not relate directly to league structure.

It is also worth noting that the SRU have still not released figures on player numbers in Scotland based on the data collected from their much-heralded ‘SCRUMS’ player-registration system, which was launched at the start of the season. Such information would be useful at a time when clubs (and the governing body) are trying to establish a league and season structure best suited to arresting the crisis that many believe is threatening the future of the game in this country. However, an SRU spokesman has explained that: “The collation and verification process is still on-going and will run through into the off-season. The aim is to get the most accurate picture possible.”

But those are issues for another day. In the meantime, all eyes are on the SGM and the specific issue at hand.

The Offside Line has been following the progress of Super 6 from the start, and we have compiled a list of 10 articles which gives a flavour of how we got to this point.

Dodson’s dream: Everything there is to know about Scottish Rugby’s ‘Super Six’ proposal

Super Six: The big questions which must be answered – part one

SRU issues Super Six franchise information pack

EXCLUSIVE: Dodson on Super 6: ‘We’ll get more than enough applications’

Gemmell puts the case for Super 6

Super 6: Where’s Dodson?

2nd May 2018 – The successful candidate clubs for Super 6 are announced but controversy immediately envelops the selection.

SRU broke own guidelines by selecting three clubs from Edinburgh for Super 6

18th August 2018 – An SRU AGM motion proposed by Aberdeen Grammar is passed by an overwhelming majority, which secures the right of clubs to debate Agenda 3 – and specifically the impact of Super 6  – in an open forum at the AGM, then complete questionnaires which will be returned to the SRU, with the whole process to be overseen by the Council Standing Committee on Governance led by independent Chairman Gavin McColl QC. The three specified areas of concern are: placement of Super 6 amateur teams in the domestic leagues and the potential of a moratorium on these sides being promoted into the new top tier of Championship; the definition of amateur players within the league below Super 6; and season and league structure. The Offside Line recorded verbatim the lengthy debate which followed on the issue of where the ‘Club XVs’ of Super 6 teams should fit into the domestic league structure.

The big debate: where should the ‘club XVs’ of Super 6 teams play?

SGM on league structure for next season will take place on 22nd March

22nd March 2019 – Three amendments to the SGM motion are accepted by SRU General Counsel Robert Howat, but the one proposed by GHA on the issue of dual registration is rejected on the basis that it does not relate directly to league structure.

GHA amendment proposal rejected by SRU ahead of crucial SGM vote


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