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Ross Sutherland aim to keep on training

By Andrew Henderson

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Despite there being no prospect of matches for at least three months, Ross Sutherland Rugby Club will continue to train at all levels.

Andy Mackay has been appointed Ross Sutherland club captain for the 2020/21 season.
Andy Mackay has been appointed Ross Sutherland club captain for the 2020/21 season.

Club president John Scott believes it is their duty – as much for players’ mental wellbeing as physical.

It was a setback for all involved when Scottish Rugby confirmed that the 2020/21 season, due to begin on October 31, would instead be delayed until January at the earliest.

The Stags are at least in a position to continue holding sessions in Invergordon where some of their central belt counterparts have been forced to stop altogether.

So Scott says that while they are allowed to train, it is imperative that the club continues to offer the opportunity.

“Sport has a bit part to play in getting us through this still,” he


“We are fortunate that we are still at level four in the SRU guidelines so we can still train – albeit in limited numbers and with limited contact.

“But other clubs in the country can’t even do that.

“That’s a big positive for us, and we will continue training for now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to focus on a lot of the things we’ve been doing already, and we’re starting to bring in some more of the set-piece work.

“We will go down to one night a week fairly soon I would imagine on an all-weather pitch, and we’ll mix it up on the Saturday morning sessions.

“We might play basketball, we might play tennis, we might just do touch.

“We’ll keep it interesting and fresh to make sure that our guys get a good workout but more importantly that they’re using their minds and speaking to people.

“Mental wellbeing throughout all this is extremely important, and that’s what we have been focusing on.”

The pandemic has given society in general a chance to reflect, and Scott said it is no different at Ross Sutherland

“This is a really good opportunity for us as a club and as a sport to look at repositioning ourselves in terms of people’s mindset and what people think of rugby,” said Scott.

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