Angry Accies book extra pitch for tie

The Raeburn Place playing surface has been hit by the bad weather.  Pic: Ian Rutherford
The Raeburn Place playing surface has been hit by the bad weather. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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The president of Scotland’s oldest rugby club has launched a scathing attack on the governing body, insisting professionalism “came as a bit of a shock”.

John Wright’s comments come as Accies are forced to book an all-weather pitch at Murrayfield as contingency in case Raeburn Place is unplayable for Saturday’s re-arranged Cup quarter-final with Aberdeen and the outcome has to be decided by cutting cards, according to rules.

Wright said of professionalism: “When the ‘plan’ came – at the time the Eastern Bloc was throwing out communism and embracing free markets – it was to ‘nationalise’ the game in Scotland and look where we are now: SRU proposals for a top eight club ‘Super League’ make it look as though ‘nationalisation’ is still their preferred way forward.”

Referring to other recent events but outwith the Six Nations, Wright tells the club website: “Lee Jones was flown back from Wellington, where he was preparing for the IRB 7s, to be ‘seconded’ to Glasgow (he was replaced by a player taking a year out in NZ) and two players were pulled from the Scottish Club XV to sit on pro teams’ benches. You would think when Glasgow has a squad of 50+ and Edinburgh 60+ they would be able to get a 23-player squad out without all these global manoeuvres.”