It’s Opening weekend of the 2023 Rugby World Cup and our 1xv travel away for week 2 of the season.
For all the Penicuik Rugby this weekend, keep reading below
Presidents Comments :
Although it’s only week 2 of the full season a lot of rugby this weekend to get involved in.
A really positive start to the first XV league campaign last weekend with a successful trip down to Duns which is followed up with another adventure into the borders this week to play Hawick Quins.
The 2s squad, after an enjoyable day out last weekend have a friendly against our good friends the Thebans in preparation for their league opener next week.
Fantastic to have two strong teams out this weekend even though we have a significant number of players who are unavailable and it’s great to see Craig Doyle following in his dad, Brian’s footsteps as he makes his First XV debut on the wing.
Both teams always appreciate some support so if you fancy coming down to Hawick the bus will leave at 12 o’clock from the leisure centre with ample space for travelling supporters.
Outside of the seniors the mini and midi rugby is back in full swing and it’s was really great to see so many new faces down last Sunday as the minis hosted a bring a friend day which generated a good number of new recruits.
The success of all our teams is powered by our coaches who invest a huge amount of their own time and energy into making rugby at Penicuik happen. As the club gets busier and continues to grow we are looking for more members to lend a hand in running things off the pitch. So if you have a bit of free time or a talent you could share please get in touch with me to see where you can help as many hands make light work.
Finally safe travels to the Penicuik contingent who are heading out to France to support Scotland and for those who are staying closer to home the club while be showing all World Cup games this weekend.
Stay tuned to the website and other channels shortly for some great new sponsorship announcements, thanks to Gav for his hard work with these.
Penicuik 68 – 12 Duns
Tries : Ketchen (4), Holgate (3), Randall, Sprott & Dean
Cone : Haynes (7), McCormick, Ketchen
Last Saturday was a good away win. Duns had a young squad due to unavailability and retirements from 2022/23 which allowed Penicuik to capitalize on mistakes.
This weekend will be a much stronger test down at Wilton Lodge, where historically Penicuik have struggled. Quins lost 61 -7 to Dunbar in their opening fixture last Sat, however don’t read into the result too much as Quins were missing 18 first team players.
We are still missing 1xv captain Oscar Malone for this weekend, Ali McCormick therefore continues at full back. Max Malone is also missing (we’re assuming its a Malone brothers away trip somewhere), Paddy steps up from the 2xv at hooker to fill the void.
It’s great to have Craig Doyle make his debut at 11 for the 1xv. Craig comes from a long line of 1xv rugby players which can be traced to our very first team back in 1924.
To meet this weeks team, play the video below –
Our 2xv don’t start league action until next weekend so preseason continues away at Caledonian Thebans, with a 12pm ko.
We welcome 2 new Penicuik debutants in Kyle Anderson, Ruaridh Gristwood & Jamie McCabe. It’s great to see Jamie join us, following in the footsteps of his uncle Alan, who played for the 1xv in the late 90’s/early 00’s. Also fantastic to have Alfred Harris back in a PRFC shirt after a couple seasons away.
At the time of writing 2xv coach Rich is still chasing down players, so here is the current team
Our U14 travel away to Broughton on Friday afternoon for a festival of rugby.
They are looking to build on last weeks outing. It was a solid effort from everyone, lots of good points to take away which will enhance the team as the season progresses.
The U16’s travel into town for the Wolves festival at 10:30, we wish them well and also ask their coaches to remember a team photo this weekend.
Our mini’s travel to Livingston for a 11am ko, if kids can be on the pitch for 10:40.
Micro training is as normal 11am, this week former 1xv captain Jamie Thorne is coaching the youngsters, so plenty of experience to pass on
On Friday 8th September at 8:15pm, South Africa and New Zealand will kick off the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
This game (along with all Scotland’s games) and the majority of other games will be shown live in the clubhouse. For the event we have purchased and upgraded our projector to ensure large HD coverage of the event.
We hope as many members/supporters/friends/family can fill the clubhouse for the games to generate the atmosphere we all know brings excitement to all Scotlands rugby games.