Friday 27 February 2015

President's Blog 27 February 2015

Good news and bad news this week.

First the good news: earlier this week we heard that Alex Allan and David Denton had both been added to the Scotland squad preparing for the international against Italy on Saturday, though unfortunately they did not make the final cut. However, we were delighted to find out that Hamish Watson had been chosen for the replacements bench and so is poised to make his senior international debut against Italy on Saturday.

We send our congratulations to all three and wish Hamish all the best for Saturday. Fingers crossed he makes it on.

Now the bad news and there is no easy way to say it. Our 14-7 loss to Hawick, combined with Boroughmuir's last minute win at Hawks, relegates us to the National League for next season. This is a huge disappointment but at least now we know and can begin to plan for next season, as well as resetting the destinations on our sat-navs ready for August.

We have lots of events going on over the next few weeks, please make an effort to attend if at all possible:

  • Saturday 14 March - pre-match lunch before our final 1st XV game of the season against Stirling. If you would like to book a place for the lunch please contact
  • Friday 20 March - Club annual dinner and awards in the clubhouse. For more information, please click here.
  • Saturday 21 March - we welcome an Old Wesley XV to Raeburn Place for a morning game before the Irish international at Murrayfield.
  • Friday 27 March – dinner to mark the 144th anniversary of the first international football match (played at RP on that date in 1871) and the 25th anniversary of David Sole's Scotland side's Grand Slam win. For further details, including how to book, please click here.
  • Saturday 28 March – a repeat of last year's very successful Academicals v Merchistonians game at RP. We expect this to be one of the better supported games in Scotland again. For more details, please click here.

We only have one game this game. The Development XV will play Peebles 2nd XV at Raeburn Place at midday. Following the game the Scotland v Italy international will be on TV in the clubhouse. Why not watch a 'no pressure' game at RP then stay in the club and watch if Hamish gets his first Scotland cap. Let’s hope he does.

With sadness, regards


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