Call for more changes to Scottish rugby structure

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Scottish Rugby’s annual meeting will tomorrow hear calls for a change in the domestic league structure – 12 months after the previous alteration was implemented.

Haddington, supported by Selkirk, want to eliminate regionalised championship leagues A and B from the present format and return to a system whereby national leagues back up two divisions of the premiership.

They argue that since national and championship clubs are seen as the engine room of the Scottish game in terms of producing players, they need to be in as competitive an environment as possible.

The meeting, which takes place at Heriot Watt University due to a double booking of the main Murrayfield function suite involving an Indian wedding and gets underway half an hour before the Lions Test match, is expected to endorse Dr Donald MacLeod as the new president in succession to Alan Lawson.

The vice presidency will involve ex-Heriot’s president Jock Millican, Ian Rankin, the one-time Wanderers captain who became Edinburgh coach and manager, and long serving committee member Archie Ferguson (Lenzie).

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