Scotland Rugby League outline Exiles plan
Scotland Rugby League have outlined plans for their Exiles teams which are made up from some of the best eligible players at community level based outside of Scotland.
From 2011 onwards, the Exiles squad will be splitting into "Northern" and "Southern" sections.
These sections will train and play games against a variety of opposition in January, February and March and then in April the squads will come together to play an ‘origin’ against each other.
This has an added intensity to the game, as selection for the full Exiles team is up for grabs. The chosen few will then go on to play against the residents, for selection in the Scotland ‘A’ team.
Over the last few years, a number of Exiles players have progressed up the ranks, with several players making it all the way to the Scotland ‘A’ team that won the Four Nations Championship for the first time ever.
A number of these then progressed through to the Scotland squad that played in the Carnegie Floodlit 9s in August 2010 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium against Engage Super League opposition.
One player, Dave Arnot (Skolars) made it all the way to the full Scotland squad and played against France and Ireland in the European Cup.
The Southern and Northern Exiles set-ups serve three purposes:
a) To keep Scots in Exile involved in Scotland Rugby League
b) To give Scots an opportunity to represent their “Scottishness” on the rugby field
c) To provide the first steps on the ladder for international selection
If you would like more information on how to become involved with the Scotland Exiles please contact:
Dan Beardshaw: Dpbeardshaw@hotmail.com – Northern Exiles
Gavin Willacy: firstname.lastname@example.org – Southern Exiles
The plans for 2011 are pencilled in as follows:
Sunday 23 - Northern Exiles training Session & fixture V West Select at Rochdale Mayfield
Sunday 6 – Southern Exiles v Southampton at London Skolars
Sunday 13 – Northern Exiles training Session & fixture (Opposition TBC) at Seaton, CumbriaMarch
Sunday 6 – Northern Exiles training Session + fixture V Hull & District Select at Haworth Park, Hull
- Southern Exiles v London Skolars A at London Skolars
Saturday 19 – Southern Exiles v Medway Dragons at Gillingham
Sunday 3 - Exiles Selection Fixture - Northern Exiles V Southern Exiles, Loughborough University
Sunday 17 – Full Exiles Training session - TBC
Saturday 7 - Scotland ‘A’ Selection Fixture - Scotland Residents V Scotland Exiles