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    Border Reivers face the axe as part of Scottish Rugby's wide-ranging review, BBC Sport understands.
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    The SRU report will be unveiled at a 1230BST media conference at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.
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    Players from Scotland's three professional clubs have
    been called to the national headquarters to hear what the future holds
    for next season.
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    And reports suggest that Reivers players have already been told to find new clubs as part of the cost cutting.</font>

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    Edinburgh criticise SRU's review
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    Edinburgh have accused Scottish Rugby of a lack of consultation
    ahead of the governing body's release on Tuesday of a wide-ranging
    study into its future.

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    And their statement warned against any reduction in the three professional teams playing in the Magners League.
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    "We would have expected to be involved in any review of this nature," it said.
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    "This has not happened and we feel it is essential that
    no fundamental decisions are taken without allowing Edinburgh Rugby any
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    The review was announced on 18 February, with the SRU
    board saying it "recognises that professional rugby in Scotland is
    still struggling to fully take off at pro-team level".
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    It has looked into investment, squad sizes,
    relationships with and participation in the Heineken Cup and Magners
    League, third-party investors, pro-team numbers and locations, training
    and playing facilities, plus academies.
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    Scotland presently has three professional teams, Border
    Reivers, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh, who have now indicated their
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    The ongoing uncertainty concerning the future of the pro teams has been hugely damaging to the professional game
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    "When Edinburgh Rugby Ltd bought the club from the SRU,
    we made a binding commitment to work in association with them to
    develop and nurture professional rugby players in Scotland," their
    statement said.
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    "We also undertook to develop the pro game in Scotland and we remain 100% committed to that mission.
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    "We fully appreciated that this would not be an
    overnight process and that the task would be difficult and challenging
    - and would require both commitment and investment.
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    "When the season began seven months ago, we subscribed
    to the SRU's position that the Scottish pro teams formed the basis of
    the support required to develop, maintain and enhance the Scotland
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    "Given that Edinburgh rugby operates in association with
    the SRU and is a major stakeholder in the professional game in
    Scotland, we would have expected to be involved.
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    "We were inspired to invest in the pro game by Andy
    Irvine's vision for a return to four professional districts in
    Scotland, including a re-born Caledonian Reds. </font>


    "We recognise that this will not happen next seas

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      <h2>Axe hovering over Borders as SRU decides today</h2>


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      THE Scottish Rugby Union will today reveal the fate of the Borders
      team after calling its professional players into Murrayfield amidst
      wide concerns that the professional team is again to be axed.


      The SRU will also meet the Glasgow squad an hour later and the wider
      SRU workforce before a media conference set for 12.30pm, at which the
      union stated it will "discuss the outcome of the review of professional
      rugby in Scotland".
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      It does not sound like the
      executive board is planning to congratulate anybody or keep everything
      as it is. Yesterday's statement threw little light on the issue,
      confirming only: "It was announced last month that a wide-ranging
      review of [the SRU's] pro team strategy was underway, covering levels
      of investment, pro team numbers and locations, training and playing
      facilities, squad sizes, relationships with and participation in the
      Heineken Cup and Magners League, third party investors and academies."


      Fears spread quickly that the Borders, having failed to meet an SRU
      target to attract bigger crowds, was now facing extinction almost
      exactly nine years after it, and the Caledonia Reds, were first cut in
      a desperate effort to save the union money. The union's debt is now
      much higher, over £23m, and that move has been roundly criticised by
      players, coaches and administrators as the single biggest reason why
      Scotland has failed to keep pace with the successful development of pro
      rugby in virtually every other leading nation.


      Gordon McKie, the union chief executive, inherited the debt pile and
      has sought to find ways to reduce it while giving Scottish rugby a
      decent base to build from. His failures to find solutions led to this
      latest review. However, Edinburgh issued a statement yesterday to make
      it clear that they had had no involvement in a process said to have
      involved all the game's "stakeholders" and Jim Hay, chairman of the
      Scottish Professional Rugby Players Association, revealed that he too
      had not been consulted.


      The Glasgow and Borders coaches and administrators have also been
      kept at arms length, but the executives - McKie is joined by Andy
      Irvine (SRU President), Allan Munro (chairman), Eamon Hegarty (finance
      director), Brian Kennedy, Tom Inglis, George Clark, Archie Ferguson and
      Jim Fleming - are bound to have consulted widely within the game.


      David Kilshaw, the chairman of the Borders board, set up by McKie
      earlier this season, gave a presentation to the SRU's executive board
      on Thursday, spelling out the need to keep the Borders at a time when
      the region's sporting bodies and other agencies were finally beginning
      to come together.


      Scottish Borders Council will tonight launch its first
      all-encompassing sports strategy with the accent on a fully-integrated
      approach to sports development, facilities and health; a Borders
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        #4
        I hate to say it but I was right a couple of weeks back about Borders being in dire straights, some were holding out hope, but alas its all forlorn.

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          #5
          Looks like the scottish game will stay in the doldrums for the moment then. Will they replace the Borders with a London team or will they give in to more short termism and screw the game up there?

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            Sad to see if it does happen though, a complete region without a ML side, begs t he question, who will replace them if anyone in t he ML next season ?


            You'd never know, they might be lucky and be kept, signs are bad though.


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              #7
              Bad news for Scottish rugby if this does go a head.
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                #8
                You know, sad and all as it is, ir probablt suits the IRFU and the WRU better....they will have 2 extra weekends, for the IRFU to wrap the players up in Cotton wool, and for the WRU to play the EDF.
                Unless of course the Celtic League decide to take the giant leap to Play-offs at the end of the season, which would be a fantastic finale to the season.

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                  Originally posted by Bitter As A Lemon
                  You know, sad and all as it is, ir probablt suits the IRFU and the WRU better....they will have 2 extra weekends, for the IRFU to wrap the players up in Cotton wool, and for the WRU to play the EDF.
                  Unless of course the Celtic League decide to take the giant leap to Play-offs at the end of the season, which would be a fantastic finale to the season.




                  I agree, Playoffs would be a great way to end season

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                    Originally posted by Bitter As A Lemon
                    You know, sad and all as it is, ir probablt suits the IRFU and the WRU better....they will have 2 extra weekends, for the IRFU to wrap the players up in Cotton wool, and for the WRU to play the EDF.
                    Unless of course the Celtic League decide to take the giant leap to Play-offs at the end of the season, which would be a fantastic finale to the season.
                    Well the IRFU will probably see it as a way of getting ML rugby of the AI weekends and the WRU will want play offs. Hopefully the Welsh will win this one.

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                      #11
                      This will be dreadful for rugby in Scotland,the club players will have very little to aim for and now any "quality" players the Borders have, Cusiter, Kelly Brown, Ross Ford and Gavin Kerr will probably head down to England.They had already lost Danelli and if you are relying on Gregor Townsand to change a game for you............[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]
                      Shaqtastic...29 points

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                        #12
                        Rievers are awful. At least the other basement clubs like NGD and Connachttry and play rugby.They would be no loss to the tournament.
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                          Originally posted by 123UCG
                          This will be dreadful for rugby in Scotland,the club players will have very little to aim for and now any "quality" players the Borders have, Cusiter, Kelly Brown, Ross Ford and Gavin Kerr will probably head down to England.They had already lost Danelli and if you are relying on Gregor Townsand to change a game for you............[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]

                          With Edinburgh losing so may players, I wouldn't day that they will cross the border at all.

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                            So the SRU would be funding an international team and one and a half regional teams then?.. and still be in the hock for £23 odd million..[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]

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                              Dire news for Borders &amp; their supporters if it does come to pass.


                              It can't be easy for the pro clubs over there when they are constantly fighting an uphill battle against the SRU. If even half what we heard from the borders people was right, they never had a hope of survival. The IRFU's attitude to connacht a couple of seasons ago would be a huge pillar of support in comparison to the SRU's attitude to borders.


                              The other concern for scotland is a complete lack of a pro club in the north of the country - aberdeen area, which is where the Cussiter's are actually from. (Chris &amp; his brother both play for borders).


                              I don't think the IRFU or WRU should let the scots bring London Scottish into the ML at all. If the IRFU can keep connacht afloat, and the WRU can keep Dragons going, the SRU shouldn't be allowed to wimp out of making a decent effort at keeping pro rugby in their own country.


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