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Allan Massie: Super 6 ticked boxes but it’s an opportunity missed

Response to this week’s news about the SRU’s “Super 6” must surely be “we’ll have to wait and see”. No doubt the members of the panel, chaired by Sir Bill Gammell, who had the task of assessing the twelve bidding clubs, and selecting the Six that will set sail on the uncharted ocean of officially approved semi-pro rugby, will have adhered scrupulously to the criteria they were handed. Nevertheless, it seems wrong – even ridiculous – that three of the “chosen six” are Edinburgh clubs, that there is no Glasgow one, and that Stirling County is the most northerly club selected. For years we have bewailed the narrow base of Scottish rugby. Now Ayr is to be the only Super 6 club more than a drive and a chip from Murrayfield. This is a weird way to grow the game.

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Currie Chieftains' highly-regarded young coach Ben Cairns. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Currie determined to repel Super 6 raids on their talent

The president of Currie Chieftains has described the decision by the SRU to have three Edinburgh clubs in the Super 6 as “unfathomable”.

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Back row (left to right): Chris Laidlaw (Boroughmuir), Nick Sutherland (Heriot's), Ross Graham (Watsonians), Craig Jackson (Melrose). Front row (left to right): Ross Bundy (Stirling County), Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson, Scottish Rugby president Rob Flockhart and Steven Longwell (Ayr). Pictured at BT Murrayfield yesterday. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Mark Dodson bullish on Super 6 and sure more will want to join

SRU chief executive Mark Dodson believes there will be a “clamour” to join what he is convinced will be a successful Super 6 when it gets up and running the season after next.

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SRU chief executive Mark Dodson at the Super 6 press conference. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Three Edinburgh clubs in Super 6 breaks SRU’s own guidelines

The Scottish Rugby Union ignored its own compliance guidelines when it awarded three of its Super 6 franchises to clubs in Edinburgh, The Scotsman has learned.

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Glasgow Hawks, in action against Marr in the BT Premiership this season, have missed out on a place in the Super 6. Picture: SNS/SRU

Hawks face uncertain future as Glasgow misses out on Super 6

The winning bids may now be known but lots of questions remain over what impact, positive or negative, the watershed creation of the Super 6 will have on the landscape of Scottish rugby.

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Currie head coach Ben Cairns. Picture: SNS/SRU

Iain Morrison: Repercussions bite for clubs left out of Super 6

This was always a project driven as much by fear of being left behind as it was by any ambition of the clubs to narrow the gap to the professional teams who are, in any comparison, over the hill and half way across the next county.

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SRU Chief Executive Mark Dodson. Picture: SNS Group

SRU announces Super 6 franchises

THE SRU has announced the six franchises who will compete in its new Super 6 competition when it starts in 2019/20.

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Niko Matawalu, centre, congratulates try scorer Kerr Gossman during Stirling County's 51-19 semi-final win over Hawick. Picture: SNS

Stirling County inspired by class of 95 in bid to lift cup

The players of Stirling County
are embracing the opportunity to attain legendary 
status by becoming only the second team in the club’s 
history to win a piece of major silverware as they look to upset the odds in today’s 
BT Cup final against hot favourites Melrose.

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Watsonians' Mike Fedo scored a try in the final. Picture: SNS

Watsonians beat Heriot’s to clinch Hawick Sevens

Watsonians made it two from two on successive Saturdays by winning the Hawick Sevens yesterday, a week after they triumphed at Melrose. They defeated Heriot’s in the final at Mansfield Park, extending their lead in the Kings of the Sevens competition in the process.

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Melrose captain Grant Runciman kisses the BT Premiership trophy following his side's victory over Ayr. Picture: SNS/SRU

Melrose 16 - 13 Ayr: Borderers win ugly to clinch title

Melrose were crowned BT Premiership champions after a hard-earned but well-crafted victory in the play-off final that keeps them on track for the league and cup double.

Full time at Greenyards leaves Melrose as BT Premiership champions. Picture: SNS/Graeme Stuart

Melrose 16 - 13 Ayr: Melrose emerge victorious in play-off final

Melrose finished off a near-perfect Premiership season with a scrappy, hard-earned victory over defending champions Ayr in the play-off final.

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Currie Chieftains and Ayr, seen here in action in a BT Premiership semi-final clash earlier this month, have both applied. Picture: SNS Group

SRU receives 12 applications for Super 6 franchises

The SRU has received 12 applications from clubs to form franchises in the new part-time professional Super 6 league which is due to launch in the 2019/20 season.

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Ross Ford has been out injured for five months. Picture: SNS

Ross Ford to wear Melrose colours in comeback from injury

Scotland hooker Ross Ford will make his return to action after five months out when he plays for Melrose in the BT Cup semi-final against Watsonians at Myreside tomorrow.

Melrose are favourites to be awarded the Borders franchise. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Clubs ready to bid as Super Six deadline nears

The deadline for applications for a Super Six franchise is fast approaching, Saturday 31 March, one day ahead of April Fool’s, is the cut-off point. Scottish Rugby recently stated that as many as 13 separate entities had given notes of interest although not all of them will throw their hat into the ring. The winners will be announced one month later, on 1 May.

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Ayr's Robin Hislop goes over for Ayr's first try. SNS/Bruce White

Currie 21 - 24 Ayr: Second half makes all the difference

Ayr will not give up their title easily. There were times earlier in the season when even a place in the play-offs was in jeopardy, and times in this Premiership semi-final when they were just clinging on. But they got there in the end, and travel to the Greenyards for the final in two weeks with their morale as high as it has been since the memorable day last spring when they were crowned champions at that very venue.

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Melrose's Nick Beavon in action. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Melrose 37 - 8 Watsonians: Melrose into final after big win

For a second successive season Melrose will contest the final of the Premiership play-offs after reaching the last stage of the competition with a sizeable win over Watsonians at the Greenyards.

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Michael Brown of Boroughmuir. Picture: Neil Hanna

Glasgow Hawks 0 - 27 Boroughmuir: Muir survive with win

Boroughmuir live to fight another season in the BT Premiership after securing a bonus-point win over Glasgow Hawks.

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Allan Dell scored two tries. Picture: SNS

Hawick 38 - 3 Melrose: Home side cruise to victory

If Baltic conditions had not prevailed last night there would surely have been dancing in the streets of Hawick following the Greens’ handsome win over Melrose that secured continued membership of the BT Premiership.

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Jonny Hope opened the scoring with a penalty. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Marr 27 - 17 Stirling County: Victory not enough to avoid drop

Marr did what they had to: secured the bonus-point win they needed, but, with Melrose losing at Hawick, it wasn’t enough and they will go back to National League 1 next season.

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Fraser Thompson scored a try for Melrose. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 18 - 7 Stirling County: Melrose earn another home win

In a match that meant little to either side in terms of the BT Premiership, Melrose had enough power to eke out yet another home win.

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