SRU make change to clubs-pro players arrangement

Boroughmuir have been able to call on the services of Edinburgh Rugby's Tongan winger Otulea Katoa
Boroughmuir have been able to call on the services of Edinburgh Rugby's Tongan winger Otulea Katoa
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Scottish rugby bosses have abandoned the professional draft to BT Premiership clubs used in recent seasons, opting instead for a drip-feed approach to making players available.

In the past, clubs have selected players from the professional squads on a rotation basis at the start of the league programme.

For the current campaign, the professional outfits are in charge of allocation.

With the World Cup contingent now back in harness, the professional coaches will release fringe men as they become available. This occurs when they are fit but not selected for Edinburgh or Glasgow. Players are offered to clubs, who will have that player’s services for the season, subject to availability, or can decline, meaning the offer passes to another club.

So far, three Edinburgh players have been assigned. The first of these was prop Grant Shiells, who was offered to top-flight newcomers Selkirk.

Boroughmuir benefited from the next to become available, Tongan winger Otulea Katoa, while the third man freed by coach Alan Solomons was Sam Beard ,who has been allocated to Gala.

Under the new arrangement, first year pros remain with the club they played for last season, meaning, for example, that Magnus Bradbury will continue to play for Boroughmuir and Jason Hill remains at Heriot’s.