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An exciting new rugby chapter – London Scottish Lions

An exciting new rugby chapter – London Scottish Lions

Ahead of Saturday’s Greene King IPA Championship game, a new chapter of London Scottish history will be taking place on one of the side pitches at the Richmond Athletic Association Ground. At 1pm, the London Scottish Lions, will run out in their first game, a friendly against the Metropolitan Police.

Ahead of Saturday’s Greene King IPA Championship game, a new chapter of London Scottish history will be taking place on one of the side pitches at the Richmond Athletic Association Ground. At 1pm, the London Scottish Lions, will run out in their first game, a friendly against the Metropolitan Police.

As of the summer of 2018, London Scottish has created the London Scottish Lions, a new club that will host senior amateur rugby for London Scots. The team will use a variation of the London Scottish brand, licensed by LSFC, and will continue to play its home games at the Richmond Athletic Association Ground in Richmond, Surrey. It was created as a new club to meet the RFU league requirements, and the club will field three teams in 2018/19; one team in Herts Middlesex League 2, and two teams in the Middlesex Merit Tables (Div 2 and Div 3).

The new club is the long-term strategy to improve the level of rugby across London Scottish for up and coming young stars, ex-internationals looking to play at a reasonable level, and former local and national level club players still wishing to play the game. As a result it goes beyond what the recently launched Professional Entry Programme (PEP) will do, supporting all adult age groups and abilities.

Chairman of London Scottish Lions, James Warnette said, “London Scottish has a very long tradition of offering rugby at all levels and is very proud of the senior teams that play outside of the professional team. The move to create ‘the Lions’ was a bold move, one collectively the executive felt would give London Scottish a stronger rugby future, and help distinguish it over the coming years from neighbouring rivals.”

He continues: “The club is here to win and move up the league system and we have every intention to do that as efficiently as possible. Without the support of London Scottish and our President Paul Burnell and Chairman Malcolm Offord, the creation of the Lions wouldn’t have been achievable; a huge thanks must go to them for their foresight and vision of London Scottish rugby.”

Heading up the coaching of London Scottish Lions is David Box, a former London Scottish player who rejoined the club in the summer to take on the challenge of coaching and building the Lions.

“In my time working as a coach in the senior section players were happy and proud to pull on a London Scottish jersey. Now to be presented with the opportunity to do this with the Lions and the challenge of league fixtures is exactly the positive bold actions a prestigious club such as London Scottish should be known for,” Box said.

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The senior section is a very proud part of London Scottish and at its core is the social element that is so important in the amateur levels of the game. The infamous Extra Bs will continue as the third team of the amateur squad, as will the Rampant Lions, which will not contest a league, instead playing exhibition fixtures against the likes of the Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and elite academies of prominent club teams across the UK and beyond.

Last weekend two former London Scottish youth players, Miles Wakeling and Taino Goveia made their London Scottish first team debuts and provided yet further examples of the mobility the club has been able to provide talented youngsters in recent years. The hope is that through a close relationship with London Scottish Lions, more examples will be forthcoming.

London Scottish fans are encouraged to come to the RAG early on Saturday and support the Lions, as they begin their new club journey in a friendly versus the Met Police, before their season begins properly on Saturday 22nd September away to Watford.

Interested in joining the Lions? Fill in the Play for London Scottish form and the appropriate person will get back to you soon.

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