Edinburgh Accies have launched a fierce attack on Scottish Rugby’s domestic authorities after permission was granted to Heriot’s to postpone a scheduled league clash last weekend.
The game, which has a bearing on Accies’ Premiership survival prospects, will go ahead on Saturday at Raeburn Place after Heriot’s asked for the original fixture to be called off due to having two players on duty with the Scottish Clubs’ international team. Accies now believe Heriot’s will have an opportunity to be at full strength whereas the replay date leaves them liable to be without four Scotland under-20 representatives.
Rules state that only if players are with the Scotland club international match squad is dispensation appropriate and even then three or more must be involved. A statement on the club web-site Accies insists “something somewhere stinks” and ends with the Latin quotation “Illegitimi non carborundum!” The common translation is “don’t let the b******* grind you down”.
Announcing an official protest, Accies say: “We will make our feelings known to the powers that be though the Competitions Committee, which is made up of representatives of the clubs. We haven’t seen what briefings were put round to the members. Perhaps we need to use the Freedom of Information Act, as something somewhere stinks!”
The editorial also states: “When the clubs were given the provisional club international squad there were three Heriot’s players in that squad - though hooker George Turner, was injured and (according to the SRU website) was not even in the Heriot’s squad that played Hawks on March 1 - surely a warning that he may not be fit to play six days later!
“Halfway through Thursday, after a number of chasing phone calls, we were informed that Heriot’s had been granted dispensation - against the very clear rule - and we could not appeal.
“We did respond, pointing out that the Championship Committee had gone against a rule that was very specific, but to no avail.”
A member of Heriot’s coaching staff told the Evening News that as soon as they realised they had three players in the club international squad it was anticipated the game would be off with alternative arrangements being made.