Former Scotland internationalist Cammy Mather is urging the SRU to cut back pre-match stunts and develop grassroots rugby with the money.
Mather, who was capped from 1999-2003, says on social media today: “You might just unearth a player or two instead of turning off 30,000 fans.”
In the wake of a 0-20 thrashing by England the ex-Watsonians back row, says: “I could write a novel. But it’s not the time, a short term fix for the good people at the SRU is this ... please do away with your pre-game ‘entertainment.’ It’s embarrassing, like something out of Brigadoon.
“It’s tacky, its twee and as a player – trust me – it’s cringeworthy. You’re basically saying to the crowd ‘enjoy this as you’re not going to be entertained when the whistle blows’.
“The crowd are there to support the team. Why else would they pay £60+ to be there in the first place?
“They don’t need convincing or brought to a boil. They showed their commitment to the cause by parting with their hard earned cash. Take a leaf from Cardiff, Paris, Twickenham or Dublin. Band, Anthems. Job done.
“I love the pipes ... and the a capella final verse of FOS (Flower of Scotland) is brilliant, shiver-down-your-spine stuff.
“But lone pipers on roof tops, fire eating kilted warriors, artillery, or those lovely fellows from the Red Hot Pipers are more fitting of a circus – possibly reflective of the current administration but not an international rugby team.
“Use the money you save on pyrotechnics and haggis to put into the game at grass roots level.”
On the game itself Mather says: “We’re so predictable and so one dimensional.”