Super Series: Friday night’s Boroughmuir Bears versus Future XV clash postponed

11 pro team call-ups leaves under-20s selects side with insufficient numbers

Friday night's Super Series clash between Boroughmuir Bears and FOSROC Future XV has been postponed. Image: Fred Palmer
Friday night's Super Series clash between Boroughmuir Bears and FOSROC Future XV has been postponed. Image: Fred Palmer

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.

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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.”

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  1. It’s not like the SRU should know when SRU competitions and teams are playing ffs….these fixture lists are tricky to write down on the back of that fag packet when you’re trying to count the money flooding into each pocket….

  2. A joke competition devised by a joke CEO. The rugby world is laughing at us.

    Meanwhile the CEO continues to trouser a fortune for destroying Scottish rugby. Is he Scotland’s answer to Eddie Jones?

    • Nobody really cares about the points, as in general only players/family/friends are interested in the results.

  3. We have a real problem in our professional set up and there is no easy answer, I certainly never see any solutions here!
    We have two professional teams, unlike our equivalents Ireland and Wales who have 4, we do not have a viable club U20 league set up like Ireland where the bulk of the Irish U20’s team play for.
    Probably in hindsight the Futures xv should have just played the Super 6 teams once which would have allowed those required to go back to our under strength 2 pro teams.
    It’s all about numbers and the fact is we don’t have the numbers of players of other countries at all levels, club, U20, and pro.
    We do remarkably well as a nation at rugby but it will always be tough, history tells us it always has been.
    At these young lads have been exposed to serious competition and from what I have seen have improved dramatically the more they have played together, this is surely a plus.

    • Sticking Plaster league Iain .
      A disaster for Scottish rugby from the start .
      And only going to get worse .
      How many thousands are going down the toilet on this Man’s fantasy .
      Can’t bleed money forever

  4. I Was an advocate of super six however i am struggling to defend these actions , they can dress it up anyway they like with positive spin ,
    If you put lipstick on a pig its still a pig

    Delighted for the young lads getting a chance at the big time fantastic however are heriots on a rest week ???

    • I feel sorry for the lads. They just seem to be getting chucked into different set-ups whether they’re remotely ready for it or not. Calling them up to the Glasgow/Edinburgh squads is just using them as inexpensive cannon fodder. No disrespect to the Futures XV squad, but a good number of them would struggle to hold-down a place in a decent Premiership 1st XV. Fast-tracking them into pro sides to make up numbers is dangerous if nothing else.

  5. So they made then play when Nono the U20 squad available and now they are back they dont play? Farcical

  6. Humped in 2022 Six Nations
    Humped in 2022 Autumn Series
    Humped in 2023 Six Nations
    Humped in World Rugby Trophy
    Humped in Super 6
    Well done boys. Here’s how we
    reward complete and utter failure
    at the SRU

  7. Might this unfortunate though all-too-predictable scenario result in a (temporary…) return to their clubs of those called-up / on loan players wh0 will be missing out on competitive rugby as a consequence of becoming involved in the SRU’s “super” rugby shambles?

  8. Just been having a chuckle at the positive spin from Mallinder.

    In recognition of their achievement of losing all Super Series matches to date, often against opponents that have chosen to field weakened sides, the young players selected have been called up to play at a higher level.

    Another view could be that yet again the whole idea of a Futures XV has been shown to be poorly thought out. It started terribly, got a bit better, now has fallen apart entirely. If only the SRU had known that there was a World Cup on this year, and that come late September Glasgow and Edinburgh would be scrambling about to fill their squads with anyone they had available.

    • You couldn’t make it up .
      But Dodson’s farce has been just that .made up as it trudges along
      Going all against their rules and regulations with a sticking plaster approach.
      What fool is in charge of this nonsense .


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