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  • 21 July 2014

    #teamredsky Blog 

    Check out our latest #teamredsky blog - Double World Champion Keri-anne Payne shares the athlete journey at Glasgow 2014

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  • 27 May 2014

    Breaking news:Edinburgh Rugby have announced the signing of one the most highly-rated young talents in the Scottish game.

    Scotland under-18 captain Jamie Ritchie has been contracted straight from school into the club’s senior squad, such is the promise exhibited by the Strathallan School pupil and Howe of Fife player.

    Ritchie has represented the Caledonia region and Scotland at under-16 and U18, taking in two FIRA-AER European Championships (2013 and 2014), before being selected for this summer’s U20 squad for the Junior World Championships (JWC) in New Zealand, still aged 17.

    Head coach Alan Solomons, said: “Jamie is an absolutely outstanding young player and prospect.

    “The manner in which he handled himself when he met the squad and staff, and his ability to handle the physicality of our sessions during a short trial, confirmed to me that he is ready to make this step.

    “Important to him, I believe, was to understand our vision, which is to build a club through the medium of our academy of young Scottish players.

    “When you add this to our new-look leadership group, which includes Grant Gilchrist, Matt Scott and David Denton, you can see that we have a very strong  of Scottish players coming through.

    “I think Jamie [Ritchie] understood this vision and believes the environment here at Edinburgh Rugby is best suited to realise his potential.

    “We now have a strong group of fine young Scots coming through so that we could field virtually an all Scottish under-23 squad, which is really, really exciting for the future of this club.

    “Jamie is now going to be part of that, which I think is brilliant.”

    Out-with rugby, the talented sportsman was also a silver medalist at the British judo championships in 2009, was British independent schools judo champion in 2010 and played 1st XV cricket at his school.

    He is one of four young players from Scotland’s JWC squad signed into the club’s senior squad for the coming season, with centre Chris Dean and wings Damien Hoyland and Jamie Farndale also competing for selection on their return.

    Ritchie said: “I’m delighted to sign and to be given this opportunity.

    “I didn’t dream of being offered a senior contract so obviously that, combined with what Alan Solomons [head coach] has got planned for the club, makes it very exciting.

    “At Edinburgh Rugby there are a lot of experienced, home-grown and overseas players, creating a great environment for a growing base of young Scots to learn and improve.

    “You couldn’t ask for more as a young player from Scotland, being surrounded by your countrymen in a club that has real potential to go places over the next couple of seasons.

    “The club has a quality back-row with players like David Denton and Mike Coman in there as an experienced leaders to learn from. Having been a captain myself, it’s something I want develop in the future.

    “Making that first appearance will be really big for me. It’ll then be about pushing on and getting some good performances under my belt. It’s all in my plan and it’s about working hard through the stages.”



  • 19 May 2014

    #teamredsky is in the final

    As we get to the business end of the Rugby season, #teamredsky members will have leading roles in three finals across Europe.

    Glasgow Warriors win to secure Pro 12 final showdown in Dublin.

    A tense and physical encounter between the Warriors and Irish team Munster saw the home side edging the game 16-15.

    Warriors, led by #teamredsky Al Kellock produced a typically spirited performance to book their place in the final of the Rabo Direct Pro 12. Other #teamredsky members Mark Bennet, Ruaridh Jackson, Chris Cusiter, Ryan Grant, Jonny Gray and Pat MacArthur all played their part in ensuring the team produced a performance which embodied the culture that Gregor Townsend has developed within the team.

    The side will now go on to face Leinster who will have home advantage in the final on 31 May.

    Bristol Rugby face London Welsh for a place in the Aviva Premiership

    Bristol Rugby beat Rotherham 39-25 over two legs to set up the final encounter with London Welsh.

    Ross Rennie and Stuart McInally have featured throughout this season and will hope to feature in the final and look to secure a return to English Rugby’s top flight after a 3 year absence.

    Castres result and into the TOP14 final

    In another incredible tight game, Castres from the TOP14 league in France came out on top to also reach their major final of the season. They beat Montpellier 22-19 in Lille with only a drop goal separating the teams.

    The 2013 Champions will face Toulon in Paris on the 31st May, a repeat of last year’s final. #teamredsky’s Richie Gray will continue to play a leading role within the team.

     

  • 14 May 2014

    Breaking News: We can now confirm that tight-head prop, Ed Kalman will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season. 

    Ed, who has made 101 appearances for the club since joining from Border Reivers in 2007, has been forced to retire from professional rugby as a result of a back injury. He said:

     “I would like to thank all the staff at Glasgow Warriors for all they have done for me over the years. I would also like to thank all the players I have shared the field with – they have become more than just teammates, they have become my friends.

    “Having taken a rather unconventional route to professional rugby through Durham and Cambridge University, the idea that I would play even one game of professional rugby seemed implausible, so to have played for over eight years and to have represented my country is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of.

    “Coming to play for Warriors after my time with the Borders was a real homecoming for me. Glasgow is the city I grew up in and call home and to have represented the city and its fans over 100 times is my proudest achievement.

    “I wish the team all the best on Friday night.”

    Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said:

    “Ed has played a big role at the club in recent years and this season he became one of our centurions.

    “He has also been in the best form of his career and we’re disappointed for him that he has to retire. We wish him all the very best for the future."

     



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Whiteburn’s Athlete of the Quarter is Jonny Gray


Jonny Gray is a Scottish Rugby Elite Development player attached to Glasgow Warriors.

He joined Glasgow Warriors in the summer of 2012 on the back of stand-out performances for Hamilton and Scotland U20's. He started his first game for the national under-20 side - for whom he has been capped nine times - when he was just 17 and was selected as their Captain age 18 for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations.

November 2013 saw Jonny make his full international debut against South Africa ( replacing big brother Richie Gray) and in January 2014 he captained Scotland A's for the first time- leading his team to the win against England Saxons. All this and still only 19 - a worthy recipient of the AOTQ award!  

 

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