BOROUGHMUIR BEARS will host Stirling County at Meggetland on the evening of Friday 8th November in the first ever match of Scottish Rugby’s new Super 6 league, which is to sit above the domestic game as a stepping stone into the pro game from next season onwards.
Southern Knights [the Melrose based franchise] will host Watsonians the following afternoon, and the opening weekend action will climax with Ayrshire Bulls taking on Heriot’s at Millbrae on Sunday afternoon in a match which will be shown live on the BBC Sport Scotland website.
The 2pm Sunday slot will air a live match every weekend during the domestic section of this inaugural season, while the tournament finale (which will played at aneutral venue on the weekend of 27th to 29th March 2020) will be shown live on the BBC Scotland TV channel.
Scottish Rugby has commissioned specialist sport production company, QTV, to produce the broadcast content for Super 6, with programmes having pitch-side presentation and expert analysis at the weekend’s live game.
Every Super 6 team will have at least three live broadcast matches, with highlights from all the other fixtures of each tournament round available online at scottishrugby.org.
“Super 6 is a bold new competition that is designed to bridge the gap between the domestic and the professional game in Scotland,” said Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson. “It will feature the best semi-professional players and so I’m delighted our long-term partners BBC Sport have agreed to provide live coverage of Super6 throughout its opening season.
“This, coupled with the Scottish Rugby TV coverage, will showcase the high quality matches we are anticipating and enable clubs to really leverage their commercial and sponsorship opportunities knowing the games will be available to a local and international audience.”
The BBC Sport Scotland website averages 2.5million views a week with regular peaks of over 3 million.
“It’s great news for our audiences that we’ll be bringing regular live coverage of Super6 during its inaugural season,” said Grigor Stirling, Commissioning Executive, Sport, BBC Scotland. “It’s an exciting addition to the game in this country and we’re delighted we’ll be showing matches on the BBC Scotland sport site, with the added bonus of broadcasting the final live on the BBC Scotland channel.”
The Boroughmuir franchise confirmed over the weekend that they will be called Boroughmuir Bears, joining Southern Knights (Melrose) and Ayrshire Bulls in adopting a new brand identity, while Heriot’s, Stirling County and Watsonians have chosen to stick with their traditional names.
Super 6 fixtures for season 2019-20 –
Friday 8th November – 7.30pm – Boroughmuir Bears v Stirling County
Saturday 9th November – 3pm – Southern Knights v Watsonians
Sunday 10th November – 2pm – Ayrshire Bulls v Heriot’s Rugby – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Saturday 16th November – 3pm – Ayrshire Bulls v Boroughmuir Bears
Saturday 16th November – 4pm – Stirling County v Southern Knights
Sunday 17th November – 2pm – Heriot’s Rugby v Watsonians – Live on BBC Sport Scotland website
Friday 22nd November – 7.30pm – Boroughmuir Bears v Heriot’s Rugby
Saturday 23rd November – 3pm – Southern Knights v Ayrshire Bulls
Sunday 24th November – 2pm – Watsonians v Stirling County– Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Saturday 30th November – 2pm – Heriot’s Rugby v Stirling County
Saturday 30th November – 3pm – Ayrshire Bulls v Watsonians
Sunday 1st December – 2pm – Boroughmuir Bears v Southern Knights – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Saturday 7th December – 4pm – Southern Knights v Heriot’s Rugby
Sunday 8th December – 2pm – Watsonians v Boroughmuir Bears
Sunday 8th December – 2pm – Stirling County v Ayrshire Bulls – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Saturday 14th December – 2pm – Heriot’s Rugby v Southern Knights
Saturday 14th December – 3pm – Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling County
Sunday 15th December – 2pm – Boroughmuir Bears v Watsonians – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Saturday 18th January – 4pm – Stirling County v Heriot’s Rugby
Sunday 19th January – 2pm – Watsonians v Ayrshire Bulls
Sunday 19th January – 2pm – Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Saturday 25th January – 2pm – Heriot’s Rugby v Boroughmuir Bears
Saturday 25th January – 3pm – Stirling County v Watsonians
Sunday 26th January – 2pm – Ayrshire Bulls v Southern Knights – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Friday 14th February – 7pm – Watsonians v Heriot’s Rugby
Saturday 15th February – 3pm – Boroughmuir Bears v Ayrshire Bulls
Sunday 16th February – 2pm – Southern Knights v Stirling County – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Sunday 1st March – 2pm – Watsonians v Southern Knights
Sunday 1st March – 2pm – Stirling County v Boroughmuir Bears
Sunday 1st March – 2pm – Heriot’s Rugby v Ayrshire Bulls – Live in BBC Sport Scotland website
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March – Play-Offs
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th March – Finals – Live on BBC Scotland TV channel