Greens elect to be part of new regional academy

THE most talented young rugby players reared by an academy at Mansfield Park will progress to a Borders-wide programme under proposals agreed upon by Greens officials and their counterparts at neighbouring clubs

Representatives of the town’s senior club and officials from fellow Borders clubs met at Selkirk on Monday evening to discuss how to advance local plans to become part of Scottish Rugby’s proposed network of academies.

Murrayfield bosses have plans for every top-tier club – Hawick currently ply their trade in the second-tier National League – to run their own academy, and a Borders-wide initiative would not prevent clubs running their own programmes.

“The whole idea is to raise standards and hopefully produce another Stuart Hogg,” said Greens secretary John Thorburn. “A new academy system would be there to try and create professional players. Scottish Rugby is trying to improve the academy system and their vision is for every Premiership club to have an academy. We’re going to propose a Borders-wide academy. Each club can still do their own thing, and we are looking at our own system, which would feed players into a Borders programme.”