And we're back!
There's no rest for BT Premiership teams - well, hardly any - as the senior players reconvene tomorrow (Tuesday 30th June) for a pre-season planning meeting at Millbrae at 7pm. Training begins on Tuesday 7th July at 7pm, with the venue to be confirmed. Read more here.
World Cup excitement at Millbrae
There were lots of happy faces at Millbrae on Monday afternoon when the Webb Ellis Cup visited as part of its 100 day tour in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in September. Primary six and seven children from across the county gathered to take part in a mini festival and Scotland legend Chris Paterson was on hand to present the winners' medals to the players from Coylton Primary School.
We'd like to thank everyone who made it such a fun afternoon, especially Tesco who provided the water and fruit, Cafe Ginger who put on a lovely spread in the clubhouse and of course the trophy team!
Three Ayr men in initial RWC squad
Finn Russell, Gordon Reid and Mark Bennett have been named in the training squad for Scotland's Rugby World Cup bid. Head coach Vern Cotter announded a group of forty-six which will eventually be reduced to thirty-one before the tournament starts in September, and we're hoping Finn, Gordy and Mark will have the chance to add to their international caps. Read the full story from the SRU here.
Armstrong at the double
Ayr's scrum-half David Armstrong took home two prizes from Friday night's end of season awards dinner, 1st XV Players' Player of the Year and 1st XV Player of the Year. It caps a terrific season for the 25-year-old, who only made his 1st XV debut at the start of 2014/15. Robbie Fergusson was named 1st XV Young Player of the Year and Danny McCluskey 1st XV Most Improved Player.
Other award winners included Ayr Ladies' vice-captain Laura Turner (Player of the Year) and David Young (2nd XV Player of the Year). Prizes were awarded from the U16 boys right up to Millbrae RFC. Read the full list of winners here and see the photos here.
U16s claim West Regional Cup
Ayr U16s 33 West of Scotland U16s 15
Ayr U16s capped a great season with yet more silverware, this time the West Regional Cup. They beat West of Scotland 33-15 in an exciting final at Millbrae in front of a large and appreciative crowd. Congratulations to the players, coaches and parents who have worked very hard this season! Read the match report here.
Ayr U18s win West Regional Cup
Ayr U18s 22 Dumfries Saints U18s 17
It was a final of great quality and great excitement as Ayr just edged the Saints to claim the West Regional Cup under the floodlights at Millbrae. In their last fifteen-a-side match of the season, the home team were cheered on by a large crowd. Kyle Wood, Johnny McCorkindale and Sam Gray scored the tries, with Paddy Dewhirst kicking two conversions and a penalty. Read the match report here. Congratulations to all players, coaches and parents from everyone at Millbrae!
It was a learning curve for Ayr Ladies' U15 and U18 teams at Murrayfield on Friday evening as they were both runners-up in the Brewin Dolphin Bowl finals. The U15s were beaten 50-24 by Oban, whilst Auchterarder beat the U18s 34-0.
U16s share National Youth Cup
Ayr U16s 17 Stirling County U16s 17
Ayr and Stirling County under-16 boys each played their part in a thrilling National Youth Cup final at Murrayfield on Sunday. They were neck-and-neck the whole way and with seven minutes remaining, it was 14-14 before both sides rustled up three more points to share the trophy. Well done to all players, coaches and parents from everyone at Millbrae!
PLAY RUGBY AT AYR RFC
Ayr has a long and proud tradition of rugby for all, young, old, male and female. Our men's first XV has nurtured the talents of four Scottish international players recently in Gordon Reid, Pat MacArthur, Mark Bennett and Finn Russell. We have a close connection with Glasgow Warriors, with Al Kellock, James Eddie and Dougie Hall, to name but a few, all having donned the pink and black shirt in the past few seasons, as well as our own players training with the Scotstoun side.
There is also a men's second XV and de facto third XV in the shape of Millbrae RFC. The youth section is thriving, with teams from P1s and P2s all the way up to under-18s, as well as girls under-15s and under-18s. The ladies' section is on the rise and currently plays in the BT Women's National League Division 1. Ayr Ladies players Megan Thomson, Lisa Croniken and Emily Irving have represented Scotland under-20s and Irving has one senior cap.
Senior rugby contact - Calum Forrester 07752552972 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth rugby contact - Stephen Field 07793555946 email@example.com
Women's rugby contact - Stuart Fenwick 07736320624 Stuart.Fenwick@south-ayrshire.gov.uk