President's Welcome

Good afternoon and again welcome to the Richmond Athletic Ground for our second home game of the 2019/20 season, as London Scottish welcome Nottingham for Round 2 of the Championship Cup. I will take this opportunity to welcome the officials, travelling Nottingham supporters and of course the London Scottish faithful this afternoon.

Last weekend the boys put in a physical and confident display against Cornish Pirates and we kick started this season’s campaign with a good win against good opposition!

Last year we first faced Nottingham in an away fixture in September, in which they played some great rugby in the first half and had the game won by half time. We were able to get some points on the board late on to finish the game ten points adrift 29-19.

In the reverse fixture at the RAG in January this year we conceded an early try, but otherwise controlled the game quite comfortably in what was a good team effort to win 31-10. The key players for us on the day were the back row and the outside backs, notably Charlie Ingall who was returning from injury.

I understand that we’ve made a few changes in our team from last Saturday. Some of the players who were on the bench are starting this week, whilst others are featuring for the first time this season. This will stimulate greater competition within the squad.

After this weekend’s game, we will play our final Cup game against Yorkshire Carnegie on Friday, October 4th, before heading into the Greene King IPA Championship with a match against Newcastle Falcons, who join us from the Premiership.

I hope everyone in attendance enjoys their time at the RAG, not only this afternoon but also over the course of this new 2019/20 season. Bring your friends and family and join the London Scottish clan in the stands and on the terraces, supporting our Exiles out on the pitch.

Paul Burnell – President

Captain's Column

To get a win over Pirates last weekend was great. Our defence performed really well. There were sets of defence where it went through multi phase, which is what we want. We will need to give our attack a bit of fine tuning, but we did have a few players playing out of position. The boys really stepped up to the mark and there was a great team spirit last weekend.

It was great to score my first try in a Scottish shirt. Mark Bright punched a great hole through their defence and Jack Ingall was running a great support line. Mark just had to put me through with the pass.

The support last weekend was outstanding. Loads of people came down and the more people we can get down, the more boys will feed from it and they feel amazing when they go out on the pitch and see everyone there.

Nottingham put a lot of points on the scoreboard last weekend against Yorkshire Carnegie. You’ve got to be pretty well drilled and well-disciplined to do that. They’re a team that will come with very good discipline in attack and big physicality in defence. We’ve just got to front up, play our own game and trust what we can do, because we played well against Pirates. We will build off the back of the win last weekend and gain more confidence. We just need to focus on ourselves and make sure that we do what we need to do to get the win.

Jack Ingall came on last weekend for Matt Eliet, who failed an HIA. He made loads of tackles and carried well. His work rate across the pitch is much needed. He’s a young player coming through, so that’s class. Luke Hibberd at full back returned the ball really well and his kicking was on point too. They’re two players that I’m really looking forward to seeing.

Jonas Mikalcius has joined us from Harlequins and is an outstanding signing. He’s a big guy, so he’s going to provide a lot of good go forward ball. He knows the game really well and I’m really excited to see him out there.

The weather forecast doesn’t look great for today, but we’ll definitely put on a good performance come rain or shine. Thank you for all your support.

Enjoy the game!

Lewis Wynne – Captain

20 Questions

Squad Profiles

Full squad profiles, including bio and stats, can be viewed on the main club website.

OLLIE ADAMS
Sponsor: Fergus Loudon & Family

OLLIE ALLSOPP
Sponsor: The B's

DAN BARNES
Sponsor: The Shack

JOSH BARTON
Sponsor: The Picts

BOBBY BEATTIE
Sponsor: ACT Construction

MARK BRIGHT
Sponsor: Ignition Financial

JORDAN BRODLEY
Sponsor: Iain Whyte

ELLIOTT CREED
Sponsor: Colin Dempster

PHIL CRINGLE
Sponsor: Rob & Rachel Kerr

MATT DAVIES
Sponsor: Reserved

CRAIG DUNCAN
Available to Sponsor

MATT ELIET
Sponsor: Fergus Loudon & Family

RYAN EVELEIGH
Available to Sponsor

LUKE FROST
Sponsor: Iain Woods

MATT GORDON
Sponsor: Ben Edwards- Glistock & Stokewards

CHARLIE GOWLING
Available to Sponsor

BILLY HARDING
Sponsor: The Picts

JONNY HARRIS
Sponsor: Fergus Loudon & Family

LUKE HIBBERD
Sponsor: Jerry's Attrics

ED HOADLEY
Available to Sponsor

CHARLIE INGALL
Sponsor: Omega Surgical UK

JACK INGALL
Available to Sponsor

MATAS JUREVICIUS
Sponsor: The Shack

JAMES MALCOLM
Sponsor: Cameron Kinnaird

JONAS MIKALCIUS
Sponsor: Iain Woods

HARRY SHEPPARD
Sponsor: London Taxi PR

SHEK SHERIFF
Sponsor: Jerry's Attrics

JOE LUCA SMITH
Sponsor: Guildhall Chambers Sports Lawyers

ROB STEVENSON
Sponsor: Wavefront Technologies

ALEX TOOLIS
Sponsor: The Picts

JAMES TYAS
Sponsor: Stuart Lewis

XAVIER VALENTINE
Sponsor: Tim Lawn

MILES WAKELING
Sponsor: Friends of Scottish Rugby

KYLE WHYTE
Available to Sponsor

LEWIS WYNNE
Sponsor: Cairnhill

GRAHAM STEADMAN
Sponsor: Paul McFarland

STEVIE SCOTT
Sponsor: Paul Coveney

OWEN NICHOLLS
Sponsor: Available to sponsor

AARON WALTERS
Available to sponsor

DOUG COWIE
Sponsor: LS Lions

GRAEME ROBERTSON
Sponsor: Fergus Loudon and family

DANI YARWOOD
Available to sponsor

Today's Opponents: Nottingham

Nottingham got off to a flyer against Yorkshire Carnegie in their opening Championship Cup game with an emphatic 83-0 victory at The Bay.

Nottingham strengthened their squad in the summer with a vast number of signings in the likes of James Connolly, Tom Benjamin, Alex Dolly and Tom Hill to name a few.

Head Coach Neil Fowkes also made changes to his backroom staff with the arrivals of Backs Coach David Ross, Strength & Conditioning Coach James Nolan, Analyst Danny Blundell and Head Physio Dan Turner.

Two to Watch

 

BEN FOLEY

Ben made his Nottingham debut at The Bay on Friday 20th September in the Green ‘N’ Whites Championship Cup opener against Yorkshire Carnegie and became the first player to score a hat-trick on their cup debut. His blistering pace caused all sorts of problems for Carnegie as he went on to score 15 points for Nottingham in an 83-0 victory.

 

 

 

WILL MILLETT

Will made six conversions in Nottingham’s opener against Yorkshire Carnegie. The 25-year-old has been with the Green ‘N’ Whites since the 2017/18 season and has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the club contributing to just shy of 100 points (96).

 

Cup Table

PTeamPWDLFABPPTS
1London Scottish2200463719
2Nottingham21011002226
3Cornish Pirates2101642426
4Yorkshire Carnegie2002013100

Fixtures

DateOppositionVenueCompResult
Sat 21st SepCornish PiratesHomeCup24-20
Sat 28th SepNottinghamHomeCup22-17
Fri 4th OctYorkshire CarnegieHomeCup50-7
Sat 12th OctNewcastle FalconsHomeLeague13-17
Fri 18th OctNottinghamAwayLeague17-14
Sat 26th OctAmpthillHomeLeague6-6
Fri 1st NovYorkshire CarnegieHomeLeague30-10
Fri 8th NovHartpuryAwayLeague44-17
Fri 15th NovCornish PiratesHomeLeague25-24
Sat 30th NovYorkshire CarnegieAwayCup14-54
Sun 8th DecNottinghamAwayCup41-5
Sat 14th DecCornish PiratesAwayCup29-14
Sat 21st DecJersey RedsAwayLeague20-13
Fri 10th JanBedford BluesHomeLeague17-24
Sat 18th JanCoventryAwayLeague36-30
Fri 24th JanEaling TrailfindersHomeLeague26-42
Sat 1st FebDoncasterAwayLeague15-13
Fri 7th FebNottinghamHomeLeague17-30
Sat 15th FebAmpthillAwayLeague13-5
Sun 1st MarYorkshire CarnegieAwayLeague26-73
Sat 14th MarHartpuryHomeLeague
Sun 22nd MarCornish PiratesAwayLeague
Sat 28th MarJersey RedsHomeLeague
Sat 4th AprBedford BluesAwayLeague
Sat 11th AprCoventryHomeLeague
Sat 25th AprEaling TrailfindersAwayLeague
Sat 2nd MayDoncaster HomeLeague
Sat 9th MayNewcastle FalconsAwayLeague

Line Up

London ScottishNottingham
Charlie Ingall15Tom Benjamin
Luke Hibberd14Harry Graham
Elliott Creed13Harry Strong
Matt Gordon12Luke Peters (c)
Jonas Mikalcius11Ben Foley
Dan Barnes10Will Millett
Josh Barton9George Cox
Jordan Brodley1Jamie Jack
Billy Harding2Jake Farnworth
Kyle Whyte3Ben Betts
Alex Toolis4Llewellyn Jones
Luke Frost5Daniel Qualter
Matt Eliet6Seb Cecil
Lewis Wynne (c)7James Connolly
Mark Bright8George Cox
Replacements
Jonny Harris16Luke Cole
Ollie Adams17Aniseko Sio
Phil Cringle18Oisin Heffernan
Matas Jurevicius19Cameron Jordan
Miles Wakeling20Callum Allen
Charlie Gowling21Alex Crocker
Harry Sheppard22Tom Stephenson
Harry Barlow23Mat Clark

Officials
RefereeMatt Turvey
Touch JudgeGeorge Selwood
Touch JudgeRoy Maybank
4th OfficialMichael Woods

Player Sponsorship

 

There is again the opportunity to sponsor a player or a member of the support staff to raise money for the club. Grab your player before your favourite goes!

The cost is £500 + VAT and the benefits that accrue to the sponsor are:

1.)   Your name or logo alongside the player in match day programme

2.)   Personal interaction with player after matches

3.)   New London Scottish replica shirt

4.)   PA announcement every time your player scores

5.)   Opportunity to use players for event or promotion

6.)   Two complimentary places in hospitality at a match of your choice

 

If you’re interested in sponsoring a player, please email Commercial Director, Carson Russell russecars@aol.com

Next Week's Opponents

Our next match at the Athletic Ground sees us take on Yorkshire Carnegie in the final cup game on the first Friday of October, before heading into the Greene King IPA Championship.

Over the summer Yorkshire Carnegie’s spot in the Championship seemed to in threat as the club entered into a CVA process. However, to the relief of all concerned within the Yorkshire club that process has been completed successfully and the club was able to retain its place in the competition, of which it it has been a key member for many years.

This year Yorkshire Carnegie has a full time director of rugby Martyn Wood and part time players which may moderate their ambition after many years of great achievements, but we wish them well.

Yorkshire Carnegie finished three places above us last season, winning 11 out of their twenty-two fixtures.

Last season’s matches against Yorkshire Carnegie included a win away from home 5-17 and then a bad defeat at home 20-42.

The following week will see us take on Newcastle Falcons at home in our first League game of the season.

Tickets and hospitality are selling fast! For more information and to purchase your tickets head over to the website NOW!

Club News

This week the club announced the singing of Lithuanian wing Jonas Mikalcius.

Jonas began his playing career in his homeland of Lithuania, before moving to the UK and joining Hartpury College.

The now 25-year-old scored 63 tries in 52 matches for the Gloucestershire-based side, as they came through the ranks and reached National One. His try scoring achievements earned him a contract at Premiership side Harlequins in 2016.

At Quins he played Academy and Sevens rugby before a bad knee injury, which he picked up in the 2017 Premiership Sevens, temporarily slowed his rugby progress. After a long slow rehab, he returned to rugby action by playing rugby 7s for Lithuania on the second-tier circuit early this summer. He has more recently taken part in a few training sessions with us during preseason.

Head Coach Graham Steadman said: “I’m really excited that Jonas has agreed to join us. He’s a great rugby talent, a really good guy and will add hugely to our squad. Having seen him in action in recent weeks at the Lensbury, all of the coaching staff and players are delighted to welcome him.”

Business Club

London Scottish Business Club

We are seeking partners who share our ambition and wish to work with us to develop and grow this great and famous club, our global community, and the game of rugby union.

The business club provides members with regular opportunities to network and build relationships whilst enjoying first class rugby hospitality, access to exclusive events, and world-class speakers and insights.

London Scottish hosts a range of exclusive, high quality events through the year.  Events are designed to provide insights into the professional sporting environment at club and international levels in a convivial atmosphere that fosters engagement and networking.  Events include a rugby leadership workshop at The Lensbury Club during the Six Nations internationals, a private dinner with England coach Neal Hatley to review the RWC, and a corporate day in Perth with the Melrose 7’s squad, guest speakers and a choice of sporting activities

The London Scottish match day experience is at the core of our Business Club.  Enjoy a relaxed pre-match game with guests and clients and alongside other like-minded business professionals. Our partner list now extends to over 150 different businesses and organisations all supporting our club but keen to meet new people and explore new opportunities. The diaspora of Scots in London is large in numbers and significant in influence, London Scottish is the perfect vehicle to pull these people together and our events are perfect for networking

We recognize the need to tailor our Business Club offer to meet the specific needs and priorities for your organisation. Hence, we offer every member the opportunity to select items from our wider events programmed to tailor a package exactly to your needs.  Enjoy a relaxed pre-game lunch, hosted by a leading figure from the world of rugby union or attend events such as the Legends Dinner, St Andrews Day Lunch or a four-ball at the London Scottish golf day.

Business Club Members: Adept Corporate Services, West Coast Capital, Allied London, Carbon Financial, London Scottish House, Cashmaster, Badenoch & Co, Malcolm Group, Three Stills, Fenwick Elliot, Dynamic Edge, Jupiter Asset MGMT, 24Haymarket, FOSR, Gallowglass Securities, MM&D Agency, Glenalmond College

Patrons

Platinum Members

Sir David Reid, Martin Gilbert, Michael Kirkwood, Greg Knight, Rod Lynch, Frank McKay, Malcolm Offord, Sir William Purves, Charles Richardson, Ian Smellie, Norman Sanson, Iain Woods, Ross Coull

Gold Members

Alexander Badenoch, Colin Grassie, Eric Herd, Roger Jenkins, Stephen Pearson, Lindsay Forbes, Roddy Caxton-Spencer

Silver Members

Keith Craig, Iain Mackay, Simon Borrows, Calum Bryce, Douglas Flint, Jamie Gibson, Gavin Kelly, Hugh Langmuir, Sir Moir Lockhead, Iain Murray, David Newlands, Colin Rutherford

Bronze Members

Marquis of Aberdeen, Ian Aitken, David Cheyne, Alastair Dickson, Joe Flaherty, Ian Galbreath, Chris Little, Kenny Logan, David Mackay, Sandy McIver, Jock Meikle, Donald Reid, Kevin Sneader, Alasdair Douglas, Gavin Lickley, Nairne Gray, Roddy Grant, Ralph Potter

Founder Members

David Barclay, Donald Brydon, Mhairi Buckley, John Bustin, Malcolm Currie,Malcolm Gillespie, Martin Goudie, David Guild, Keith Hayes, John Hewitt, John Kelly, Ross Luke, Christian Main, Bill McCosh, Paul McFarland, Gregor Michie, Andrew Moffat, Ken Morrison, Malcolm Murray, Jim Park, Ken Scobie, John Sievwright, David Venus, Tom Woods

Club Officials

Club Administration
PresidentPaul Burnellpaul.burnell@londonscottish.com
ChairmanMalcolm Offordmalcolm.offord@londonscottish.com
Chief Operations Officer Louise Newtonlouise.newton@londonscottish.com
Business Development OfficerCarson Russell carson.russell@londonscottish.com
Club SecretaryPaul McFarland
Digital Media ManagerJessica Tolkienjessica.tolkien@londonscottish.com
Operations & Merchandise ManagerLaura Pricelaura.price@londonscottish.com
Finance Director Nick Igoenick.igoe@londonscottish.com
Finance ManagerLouise Westlouise.west@londonscottish.com
Honorary Treasurer Ross Luke
Investor & Alumni RelationsBrenda Robertsbrenda.roberts@londonscottish.com
Membership SecretaryJohn Hewitt john.hewitt@londonscottish.com

Rugby Contacts
Head Coach
1st XV CaptainLewis Wynne
Club CaptainFraser Lyle
Rugby Operations ManagerDoug Cowiedoug.cowie@londonscottish.com
Director of Amateur & Community RugbyRoss Peacock ross.peacock@londonscottish.com
Safeguarding OfficerSiobhain Schofieldauntievon@blueyonder.co.uk
Senior Amateur RugbyIan MacFarlane-Bowmanmacfarlane.bowman@gmail.com
Colts RugbyIan Hannahianhannah@btinternet.com
Junior RugbyPietro Crescini pietrocrescini@hotmail.com
Minis Rugby David Deakinminischairman@londonscottish.com
Girls Rugby Tim Lawntim.lawn@cluttons.com
Touch Rugby Tim Hardman tim.hardman@niche.org.uk

LSFC Executive Committee
PresidentPaul Burnell
SecretaryPaul McFarland
Deputy Secretary Duncan Gillespie
TreasurerRoss Luke
Committee MemberScott Gray
Committee MemberNorrie Jackson
Committee MemberJock Meikle
Committee MemberAngus Stewart

LSIL Board
ChairmanMalcolm Offord
Vice Chairman Michael Kirkwood
Board MemberRoddy Caxton-Spencer
Board MemberLinsday Forbes
Board MemberNorrie Jackson
Board MemberAngus Stewart
Board MemberRob Roger
Board MemberBrenda Roberts
Board MemberPaul Burnell