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Senior Men’s Rugby

We are happy to say that we have had over 50 players training regularly in anticipation of the new season.

With a new coaching team of Alan Brown and Andrew Hamilton, we are excited that Ian Robertson is staying on for another year and club legend Dougie Gray has come into the coaching set up.

 

We have a whole host of new players joining this year and the squad looks stronger than ever, for details on who has signed up, why not have a look on our facebook page.

 

Plenty of players are available to be sponsored, so if you would like to support a player please contact us and we will be happy to give you all the information you need.

 

We also now have our fixtures, so we hope you will be allowed to join us at Mayfield & Alloway Place soon.

 

Senior Women

Dundee women are developing their squad going from strength to strength having started with a handful of key players now regularly attracting around 20 girls a session. This season the ladies have been placed in the league and now have a full list of fixtures, which is very exciting. They have recruited many new players over the lockdown months with a mixture of newbies and experience coming in. Continuing their roles from last year, Gary Mathieson remains head coach with Grant Thomson continuing as backs coach. An addition to the coaching team brings in Julian D’aeth to bring the forwards together. They now train twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

 

Dundee Rugby – S1-S6

 

All Dundee Rugby Juniors boys and girls have been back at training at Alloway Place and are eagerly anticipating the SRU announcement of what games will be played this season.

 

We have strength and depth in all single age group teams and we are proud to have Girls teams at U18 and U16 this year.

 

In the past two years the Boys U18 team have produced Senior rugby players: James Shellard, Owen Foster, Ryan Docherty, Matt Clarke, Aron Guild, Angus Brown, Ross Stevenson, Aiden Speedy, Luke Olivier, Ben Fleming. Some are now off to University, but, this year will see Moby Ogunlaja come of age and we have a full U18 squad again this year with more lads turning 17 and 18 throughout the year.

This is the sort of progression we love to see!

 

Dundee Eagles L1-L7-

Eagles Soared again this season for the first time on Sunday 23rd  August 2020 and we had over 100 kids down at Mayfield, including several L1s down for their first session. All Parents and Kids were brilliant at following Covid Protocols and we are delighted they are back!

 

Club Merger

 

As you know we are looking to merge Morgan and DHSFP together as one club for Season 21/22. A lot of work is going on in the background at the moment to make this a reality. We want to ensure that all of our respective membership is fully aware of what is happening and if you want any info please contact either committee.

One exciting development is members from each facit of the club are meeting to discuss the rebranding. Information on this process will be communicated from representatives from each section of the club and we can’t wait to share our ideas.

 

Departing Committee Members

We would like to express our gratitude to all of the departing committee members which include Gerry Tosh, Ken Andrew, Robin Lunn etc. We are looking to mark their contribution with a fitting tribute and night of celebration. With the current restrictions this hasn’t been possible on the scale we would want, but we are looking to hold an suitable event in the near future. So look out for a day in the diary.

2nd XV Coached Required

Dundee/Morgan partnership are seeking applications for the 2nd XV (Dundee Morgan) Head Coach.  This is a voluntary post and is an ideal opportunity for an aspiring coach to join a dynamic  team at the club.  Previous coaching experience would be preferred, however this is an opportunity to learn and develop as a coach as well.

The 2nd XV are a key part of the clubs development, and the new coach will be supported by a manager and an assistant coach, and  have the freedom to shape the environment within that group.

Please apply to Colin Sangster, Director of Rugby at rugbydundee727@gmail.com.

 

Gerry is an Ambassador………..

SRU U20’s Ambassador role.  An interview with Neil Dymock

The Rugby Club is proud to note that Dundee ex Pres Gerry Tosh has been elected to the Scottish Rugby Council as a member representing National 1 league.

ND:What was he looking forward to achieving in his new role?

GT:, “Scottish Rugby and grassroot sport in particular must be promoted more widely in the community and anything I can do to foster that ambition on a national scale will be rewarding.”

ND: How are things at BT Murrayfield?

GT: “there is a lot of great work going on at HQ and there are some excellent staff all working towards supporting grass root rugby.  The commercial side of the business is also progressing well attracting sponsorship and new TV money.”

ND: Covid 19 effectively closed down Rugby how are the plans shaping up regarding the return to play protocols?

GT: “there is a huge effort from BTM and almost daily meetings of the Threat Management Group (TMG) and they are working their way through the minutia of rules and communicating effectively with the Clubs on a weekly basis. It’s a great sight and you have implemented this really well at Mayfield in your role as the Club Covid 19 officer.”

ND: I hear you have been appointed as Ambassador to the Scotland U20 side.  What’s that all about and what are you looking forward to?

GT:“Well it’s a huge honour and I am delighted with the responsibility which is not that onerous.  It is largely a diplomatic role and I cant think of anyone more suited to diplomacy than me!”  “The answer to your other question is a large Gin and Tonic. Seriously I think it mostly involves representing the SRU at games and events.  Shaking lots of hands, when we eventually get back to that, but in the meantime bumping plenty of elbows!

ND: One last question, are you missing being President at Dundee and how are the guys doing who took over?

GT: “Well I am still involved with the new hospitality group and in a new initiative establishing a charitable arm of the Club along with two other ex-presidents, Sandy Macdonald and Ken Andrew. This will be a great initiative for Dundee and I am delighted to still be involved.   The new regime under the leadership of Derek Black (Pres) and Billy Gartley (VP) are exactly what the Club needs now along with some new younger blood and will do well going into this new chapter of Rugby in Dundee.

Rugby is changing in Dundee and I will be a part of that for as long as I can contribute to its development. I was delighted to be involved in bringing Alan Brown back to Dundee.

 

There is a great team involved including yourself as Rugby Convenor and Colin Sangster as DOR.  I really believe Dundee can get back up to the Premiership and look forward very much to seeing that.”

Competitive Rugby Back on 31st October

We are thrilled to announce that our competative fixtures for the season have been announced, first up for the Dallas Allardice Trophy away to Aberdeen Grammar on 31st October 2020.

 

The first home game will be the flowing Saturday 7th November 2020, versus Highland.

 

We can’t wait to get out and see how our new coaching team and squad get on.

There will also be a list of friendly fixtures and a fiercely competative in house trial to come.

Keep your eyes peeled for these and lunch club opportunities. See you all at Mayfield soon.

The competition rules and fixtures are listed below.

 

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Dundee Announce 1st XV Co-Captains for Season 20/21

Sam Cardosi (Left) & Keiran Scoular (Right)

 

With the announcement that Rugby will in fact start again in early October, Dundee’s 1st XV have made the announcement that they will be going with Co-Captains this year, Sam Cardosi and Keiran Scoular. Both are experienced 1st XV regulars with Sam playing at hooker and back row and Keiran from mainly fullback.

Coach Alan Brown explained the reasoning behind co-captains and was quick to recognise the contribution of departing captain Fraser McKay.

“We had thought over the off season it was time to freshing things up and pick a new captain after Fraser had a hard year with injuries  not managing to play much rugby. We want to extend a big thanks to him and we hope to see him having a good injury free year and playing well.

The reason we picked Sam and Kieran was because we thought as co-captains we would get a good blend, with both helping each other through this season. Sam leading from the front as he does and Keeks providing a cooler wiser head playing at the back. Both guys a are vocal at training and have the respect of the boys.”

 

Good luck to Dosi and Keeks and well done to Fras for his tenure as Captain.

 

DAVID KEIR WRIGHT

DAVID KEIR WRIGHT

Sad News.   One of our loyal supporters, David Keir Wright passed away on Friday 28th August at 7.15 a.m. In Copenhagen.

David left Dundee High School in 1961 having won the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Championship in athletics.   Through his years in Senior School he also excelled at Rugby, captaining the 1st XV in his final year.   He played for the Club in the 60’s and was in the successful 7’s side that won the Midlands Sevens Cup in 1963/64 season.

He qualified in Physical Education and Drama at Loughborough College where he played in a college side that had famous Welsh players Gerald Davis and John Taylor.

Having qualified, he went to Copenhagen to teach where he played rugby with the Copenhagen Exiles.