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All time best Dundee team

OK what about a bit of fun on a rugby topic. Whats the all time best Dundee team? A Dundee select. Some great Harris players to consider and of course Morgan and Panmure. Would it be better to make it born in Dundee or played in Dundee? Lets get the rules right first, and lets start with anyone who has played for any Dundee Club. 

Dundee High RugbyMorgan Rugby ClubHarris FP RugbyPanmure RFC please share as widely as possible.

Stay safe everyone and lets have a bit of fun.

Wales v Scotland OFF

Wales v Scotland is off so the Carvery lunch at Mayfield has been cancelled. Strange times more as we get it. You also may have seen the news from the SRU that domestic rugby is cancelled, Including training, from Sunday at 6pm which is bonkers. The Dundee Eagles have cancelled their tournament on Sunday as have Dundee Rugby Juniors. The Rugby Club will endevour to keep all our supporters, members and friends up to date with any further news. We were gonnae gub Wales as well!

Scottish Rugby suspends all rugby in Scotland

Scottish Rugby has today taken the decision to suspend all rugby in Scotland following the evolving Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

In light of government restrictions on public gatherings and the resulting pressure on emergency services and healthcare provision, Scottish Rugby has decided that with effect from Sunday 15 March at 6pm there will be a short period without domestic competition (or training) whilst a further assessment can be made. This will be in effect up to, and including, 29 March 2020.

This will impact rugby in all domestic league and cup fixtures, training, festivals and other rugby events as well as the FOSROC Super6 tournament, which come under Scottish Rugby’s jurisdiction. During this suspension period Scottish Rugby will undertake further assessment and advise on any further action that may be required.

The Scottish Rugby Age-Grade Programme (male and female) will also be cancelled with immediate effect for the remainder of the season. This includes all training sessions that were planned for the age-grade teams as well as all other age-grade internationals for the rest of the season. However, the U20 Six Nations fixture tonight versus Wales will still go ahead in Colwyn Bay.

A Scottish Rugby Spokesperson said: “We have taken on board all expert medical advice before now and we are taking a precautionary approach to give time to assess what the impact of coronavirus will be on Scottish society in the coming weeks before deciding on next steps.

“This decision has been taken with the best interest of everyone involved in the game and in support of the country’s work to address the impact of Coronavirus.”

Scottish Rugby will update clubs and schools over the coming period.

Colin Sangster and Alan Brown announcement

Dundee High Rugby have a couple of related coaching announcements to make.

The new post of Director of Rugby has evolved, and Colin Sangster has accepted that position which is key for the development of Rugby in Dundee.  Colin will head up all the development of coaches and coaching at the two junior sections ie Dundee Eagles P1 to P7 and Dundee Rugby Juniors S1 to U18’s and the senior setups at Dundee High Rugby and Dundee Morgan.  Colin is still the only level 4 coach north of the Forth, and this is the most important post for the development of Rugby in Dundee.  We thank Colin for his 5 years’ service as DO and as head coach and we look forward to working with him in this new post.

We also have great pleasure in welcoming old boy Alan Brown back as first team coach after 2 successful years at Strathmore RFC.  Alan spent 18 years as a player with Dundee and had a distinguished playing career being recognised as a Scottish Club fifteen player and as a Barbarian on 2 occasions.

The Club look forward to working with the charismatic Club favourite Alan Brown taking the Club forward.  Welcome back Broonie!

Rugby is changing in Dundee and these two great appointments will take us forward.

Gerry Tosh

President

Dundee High Rugby 12-43 Highland – Match Report

Another much changed line up from last week ran out to face Highland at Mayfield for the first time in many years in today’s National One League match. It is strange to think that we are the closest opposition they play in the league. It shows their dedication in travelling huge distances every second Saturday, and will account for the smiles on the faces of what must be some very happy bus hire company owners up in Inverness.

Highland had us under the pump in the first encounter in Inverness. Could we do better today? Unfortunately, that question really resolved itself after just 10 minutes, when with the game still scoreless, No. 8 Kev Franco launched himself at a ducking Highland player. No malice, but the high tackle looked bad, and the referee decided on red; no real complaints there.  But the prospect of playing the next 70 minutes short handed was not appealing…

To give the boys their due, they really fronted up and took the game to Highland. Despite being shunted back at a rate of knots in most of the set scrums all afternoon, after the first couple we generally got our own ball, albeit often untidy. The line out was reasonable, and we competed well at the breakdown against a lot of big lads in the Highland pack. The backs looked sharp in possession, and defended well against a slightly disappointing Highland back division.

As the game resumed after the red card, Highland looked to have gone over under the posts, but the ball was held up. The resulting 5 metre scrum was moving slowly forward over our line when bafflingly their scrum half decided to pass the ball out, and the chance was lost. However, after 18 minutes their captain, big second row Stuart Butler, went over, with stand off Scott Fraser’s conversion making it 7 – 0.

Duncan McIntyre was showing up well on his return, a great covering tackle being followed by a fine break by him that led to Highland’s Nawacaleva being sin-binned for not retreating 10 metres at the break down penalty, levelling numbers up for 10 minutes. Flanker Sedge was hurt in the move, and replaced by Craig Henderson.

Just as it looked like Dundee might hold out till half-time, Highland got 2 tries in quick succession. The first was a good move off the back of the lineout, the second came from a surging midfield break by No. 8 Baird, who despite being hauled down by a fine covering tackle by No. 15 Kirk made it over the line.

Half time reflections 19 – 0 Highland at the interval, and with Baird-Chalmers off in the sinbin, Dundee would start the second half with 13 against 15 men. Dundee had showed good intensity despite being a man down, but could they do it for another 40 minutes?

On a day when all 4 second rows scored, Highland’ s No. 4, Sean Blair, was next to cross the line for Highland.  But Dundee countered straight away. Fraser McKay broke, Man of the Match scrum half Danny McGinn supported well, and as the ball came loose after a high tackle, Dundee 2nd row Angus Thomson gathered the loose ball and showed good pace to go over from 22 metres out. Highland 24, Dundee 5 after 50 minutes.

Dundee were moving the ball well now, but as often happens, Highland got an interception. They looked certain to score, but full back Stuart Kirk chased hard and somehow panicked the Highland player into trying to pass when he looked over the line, and the chance went abegging.

However, Dundee were now tiring and as Henry Lapsley came on for winger Gavin Ross, Craig Shearer for the injured Sam Cardosi and Addie Weir for Thomson, 3 more tries for Highland followed  in steady succession.  However, with the score 43 – 5, and time running out, Dundee scored again, with possibly the try of the afternoon. Good handling led to a break down in the Highland 22. Stand-off McKay received the ball from the ruck just before the Highland tackler, and a flip pass between his legs to Finlay Ormiston on the left touchline led to the 2nd row completing a try scoring full house for the 4 second rows, with Fraser’s conversion making the final score Dundee 12, Highland 43.

Full time reflections:  another hard day at the rugby office for Dundee, but we were not outclassed by a well drilled Highland side, and competed well for 70 minutes when a man short.

The Thorntons Dundee Man of the Match was scrum half Danny McGinn.

Dundee team 15 Stuart Kirk 14 Gav Ross 13 Duncan McIntyre 12 Rory McGinn 11 Cailean Baird-Chalmers 10  Fraser McKay 9  Danny McGinn 1 Josh Mark 2 Ceillem Stewart 3  James Shellard 4  Angus Thomson 5  Finlay Ormiston 6  Dillon Sedge 7  Sam Cardosi 8 Kevin Franco

Replacements 16 Addie Weir 17 Craig Henderson 18 Craig Shearer 19 Henry Lapslie 20 Chris Paton

Message from Scottish Rugby President Dee Bradbury

Following the Scottish Rugby Council meeting last Thursday the decision was taken by the Scottish Rugby Council to form a Task Force to address the issues of Governance within Scottish Rugby. The current Governance Working Party will be stood down. This new task force will be established swiftly. The population of this group will be a decision of Council and will be confirmed to clubs as soon as possible. The Scottish Rugby Board is fully supportive of this initiative. It is anticipated that the task force will meet in the coming weeks to progress matters.