Ross Sutherland change name in honour of Rory Sutherland after Scotland beat England at Twickenham
Get the Ross-shire Journal sent to your inbox every week and swipe through an exact replica of the day's newspaper
ROSS Sutherland Rugby Club have changed their name to one of the players who made history by helping Scotland beat England for the first time at Twickenham in 38 years.
The Stags have changed their name to Rory Sutherland Rugby Club in honour of the loosehead prop who helped Scotland to an 11-6 victory on Saturday.
Scotland had not won in London since 1983 and were on a run of 18 games without a win at Twickenham, which included 16 defeats and two draws.
The win was celebrated at the Invergordon club as it was in living rooms across the country.
Ross Sutherland treasurer Stephan Walker said when someone got in touch on social media suggesting they change their name to Rory Sutherland, they thought it was great idea.
But he says the name change will only be temporary, saying once the Six Nations is finished, they will go back to being known as Ross Sutherland.
“One of our followers on Twitter asked if we could change our name to Rory Sutherland for the duration of the Six Nations,” he said.
“In honour of the big man, we thought why not?
“So we changed the name on our Twitter account to Rory Sutherland Rugby Club in recognition of the amazing performance he put in.
“We were delighted to give him recognition of what he did on Saturday and we hope people will see it as a good laugh as well.”
The club have not been in touch with the 24-year-old who plays for Edinburgh in the Pro 14.
But Walker says it would be great to invite Sutherland to Invergordon with the Calcutta Cup, if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted later in the year.
“We will be looking for the Calcutta Cup to come up here when our clubhouse is completed,” he said.
“It would be great if he could come up with the trophy as well with any luck.
“It would be a brilliant occasion if he could since he gave such an awesome performance in the victory.”
Ross Sutherland are also in the process of building a new clubhouse at the Naval Grounds in Invergordon.
Walker says the club are confident it can be completed in time for the 2021/22 season, scheduled to start in the autumn.
“Our main contractor has done a great job doing an amazing amount of work in the last few months.
“All the external work is estimated to be completed by April and it is hoped internal work will be able to be carried out soon afterwards in time for the new season.”