Two of Scotland’s young touch rugby teams are on cloud nine after becoming European champions for the first time.
Scotland’s Under-18s boys, captained by Lasswade High pupil Lewis Burns and Scott Robeson of Heriot’s, and the Under-18s mixed, captained by Stewart’s Melville’s James Tweedie, defeated every opponent put in their way en route to claiming their respective titles during last weekend’s event in Dublin.
The Under-15s mixed and the Under-18s girls finished fourth in their disciplines during a tournament that attracted strong outfits from all over the continent.
The teams received good-luck messages via video from Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland international Stuart Hogg and Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy before they crossed the Irish Sea.
Simon Ebbett, a director at Scottish Touch, said: “This has been a brilliant weekend for Scotland’s young touch players. We’ve taken our biggest and best-prepared squad yet and come away with two teams as European champions. This shows the hard work, skill and outstanding attitude of our young players. I could not be prouder of them, their coaches, managers and physios.
“We’ve also received phenomenal support from parents, the touch community and the wider Scotland sporting community. The team received good luck videos and messages from Gregor Townsend, Sir Chris Hoy and Minister for Sport Aileen Campbell, and it set the tone for a hugely successful weekend for Scottish Touch.”
Edinburgh has been announced as host city for the European championships next year.