A new format to the coming season was announced today with the introduction of playoffs. Folowing the 18 league fixtures the top four teams will play-off for the title. In basic terms the team finishing 1st plays the 4th placed team, with teams in positions 2 and 3 playing each other - these games being the semi-finals. The winners then play the final at the original top seed teams ground, this being scheduled for the 4th April 2015.
These changes have come about as a result of the loss of British and Irish Cup fixtures and a desire from the SRU and Clubs to raise the profile of the Premiership. Whilst we can argue about the merits of such a structure, it’s the modern way and without doubt those fixtures become hugely important to participating clubs.
In addition to this we will have a superb opening to the season with a double header at the Greenyards on the 23rd August. Edinburgh
will play Leicester
at 2pm followed by a new fixture "The Charity Shield" challenge match between Premiership winners Melrose
and Cup Winners Heriots
On that day we will be launching our new away kit which will feature the club's chosen charity of the year, more details will be announced soon. This has evolved from our 7s charity partner to become a season long association.
The 30th August will see our first Premiership game of the season against Edinburgh Accies
Whilst its deeply disappointing to miss out on Cross Border Competition make no mistake this is going to be some season - I believe one of the hardest we have ever faced, so start thinking rugby - YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!!
.....and finally, we are looking for volunteers for various parts of the club. If you have a little time and could help Melrose RFC we would be delighted to hear from you - contact the office please.