Glenrothes Rugby Club are preparing, at very short notice, to compete in national finals day this weekend.
The Carlton Park side look set to take the place of St Boswells in the RBS National Bowl final, after the Borderers were kicked out the competition last week for fielding three ineligible players in their semi-final win over Glens.
St Boswells have lodged an appeal – which will be heard by the Scottish Rugby Union today (Wednesday) – but this is expected to fail and Glens are pressing ahead with plans for a big day out at Broadwood Stadium, home of Clyde FC, this Saturday.
John Goodall, Glenrothes vice-president, told the Gazette: “Things are slightly up in the air, but we’re working on the assumption that their appeal will be unsuccessful.
“Personally, I’d prefer if we were playing in the final, having won the semi, but I don’t feel any guilt about taking St Boswells place if they haven’t been abiding by the rules – that’s their fault.”
Glenrothes have had days rather than weeks to make arrangements for the final, but Mr Goodall is just delighted to see the club involved and is optimistic about the team’s chances of defeating opponents Highland RFC.
“Qualification for a national final is a big deal for any local club, particularly as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary next season,” he said. “It’s a big day out and we’re looking to take a couple of buses through. We’ll have a squad of 22 but we’d like to take as many supporters as possible.”
The Bowl is the first of four national finals taking place on the day and will kick off at 11.00 a.m.