FRIDAY night’s Super Series Championship clash between Boroughmuir Bears and the Future XV at Meggetland has been postponed due to 11 Scottish Rugby FOSROC Academy players being unavailable for the Future XV squad because they are on pro team duty with Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors (who have warm-up matches against Connacht on Friday night and Zebre on Saturday evening, respectively).
With both pro teams currently shorn of their international players on World Cup duty in France, and with fairly lengthy injury lists (seven at Edinburgh and 12 at Glasgow), it is likely that this is going to be an issue again during the second round of pre-season matches next week, then to a lesser extent through to the end of the Super Series Championship regular season in early November once World Cup rest and recovery breaks are taken into account.
The Future XV endured a torrid start to their debut Super Series Championship campaign, which included a 92-14 demolition by Stirling Wolves in mid-August, at least partly because a significant number of their squad were first away on Scotland Under-20s duty then being rested after the age-grade side’s Junior World Trophy campaign in Kenya.
A statement issued by Scottish Rugby stated that this weekends’ postponed match will be rescheduled at an agreed suitable date in the future, which will presumably be after the end of the Super Series season given that there are no bye-weekends left before the Championship Final on the 18th November.
“As a result of their recent performances in the FOSROC Future XV matches and training performances within the respective professional setups, the young players selected have shown that they deserve this opportunity and will benefit greatly from this exciting experience at the highest possible level of rugby available to them in Scotland,” claimed Scottish Rugby’s Performance Director Jim Mallinder.
“Being part of the Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors matchday squads will be an invaluable experience for our up-and-coming players and we wish them the best of luck this weekend.”