Fixtures released for the campaign which begins in late July...
Scottish Rugby has announced the second season of the FOSROC Super6 competition will begin on Friday, July 30 with Watsonians Rugby first in action on Sunday, August 1 away to the Ayrshire Bulls in the first live TV match of the campaign.
It was Friday, March 6 2020 when Watsonians Rugby played their last game in the 2019/20 competition, a 28-26 home win seeing ‘Sonians top the regular season table after eight wins from 10 games before the pandemic hit.
After a long hiatus the part-time professional league, which bridges the gap between amateur and professional rugby in Scotland, kicks off again with Boroughmuir Bears hosting city rivals Heriot’s Rugby at Meggetland on July 30.
The following day Stirling County will host Borders side Southern Knights and on the Sunday the Ayrshire Bulls will host Watsonians in the first live TV game.
During the 2020/2021 professional rugby season, 31 players who had played in the FOSROC Super6 in 2019/2020 season appeared for either Edinburgh Rugby or Glasgow Warriors.
The Scotland summer tour squad includes five players who played in the inaugural FOSROC Super6 season: Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians Rugby), Rory Darge (Southern Knights), Cameron Henderson (Stirling County), Jack Blain (Heriot’s Rugby) and Ross Thompson (Ayrshire Bulls).
What they said…
Fergus Pringle, Watsonians Rugby Head Coach: “It’s a real boost for everyone involved in our club from supporters to players and staff to get these FOSROC Super6 fixtures confirmed.
“While there have been challenging times in recent months our players and staff have responded brilliantly to some of the uncertainty around season details and diligently put the work in to be ready for when the FOSROC Super6 season kicks off at the end of July.
“It’s going to be a fantastic competition and we fully expect the quality of all the teams involved and the standard of competition to be a step up from the first FOSROC Super6 season.”
Scottish Rugby’s Director of High Performance Jim Mallinder: “We are delighted that the FOSROC Super6 will be restarting at the end of July after an understandable, but frustrating pause due to Covid.
“The FOSROC Super6 is the bridge for players to make their way from the club to the professional game, as we’ve seen by the number who have already progressed through to Edinburgh, Glasgow and now the Scotland summer tour squad.
“The tournament is being played this season in its originally intended slot from July through to October with the hope better conditions will provide an opportunity for teams to play to a high standard and continue to develop the players and coaches involved.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the competition get underway and would like to wish everyone involved well in the months ahead and extend my thanks for all their hard work to prepare for the second season in difficult circumstances.”
An announcement on the TV broadcaster for this year’s tournament will be made soon.
2021 FOSROC Super6 Fixtures…
Friday, July 30: Boroughmuir Bears v Heriot’s Rugby 7.30pm
Saturday, July 31: Stirling County v Southern Knights 3pm
Sunday, August 1: Ayrshire Bulls v Watsonians Rugby 1.30pm
Friday, August 6: Watsonians Rugby v Stirling County 7.30pm
Saturday, August 7: Ayrshire Bulls v Boroughmuir Bears 3pm
Sunday, August 8: Heriot's Rugby v Southern Knights 1.30pm
Friday, August 13: Boroughmuir Bears v Watsonians Rugby 7.30pm
Saturday, August 14: Southern Knights v Ayrshire Bulls 3pm
Sunday, August 15: Stirling County v Heriot's Rugby 1.30pm
Saturday, August 21: Heriot's Rugby v Watsonians Rugby 2pm
Saturday, August 21: Stirling County v Ayrshire Bulls 5pm
Sunday, August 22: Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears 1.30pm
Friday, August 27: Watsonians Rugby v Southern Knights 7.30pm
Saturday, August 28: Ayrshire Bulls v Heriot's Rugby 3pm
Sunday, August 29: Boroughmuir Bears v Stirling County 1.30pm
Friday, September 10: Watsonians Rugby v Heriot's Rugby 7.30pm
Saturday, September 11: Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling County 3pm
Sunday, September 12: Boroughmuir Bears v Southern Knights 1.30pm
Friday, September 17: Southern Knights v Watsonians Rugby 7.30pm
Saturday, September 18: Stirling County v Boroughmuir Bears 3pm
Sunday, September 19: Heriot's Rugby v Ayrshire Bulls 1.30pm
Friday, September 24: Southern Knights v Heriot's Rugby 7.30pm
Saturday, September 25: Boroughmuir Bears v Ayrshire Bulls 3pm
Sunday, September 26: Stirling County v Watsonians Rugby 1.30pm
Saturday, October 2: Heriot's Rugby v Stirling County 2pm
Saturday, October 2: Ayrshire Bulls v Southern Knights 5pm
Sunday, October 3: Watsonians Rugby v Boroughmuir 1.30pm
Saturday, October 9: Heriot’s Rugby v Boroughmuir Bears 2pm
Saturday, October 9: Southern Knights v Stirling County 5pm
Sunday, October 10: Watsonians Rugby v Ayrshire Bulls 1.30pm
Weekend of October 15/16/17: 5th v 6th Final, 3rd v 4th Final, 1st v 2nd Final
All fixtures and kick-off times are subject to Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines and broadcast requirements. All kick-off times BST.
Keep an eye out on the website and club social media channels in the coming weeks for more news as the FOSROC Super6 season edges closer