Carnegie chief McGeechan’s delight at Scarborough return

Sir Ian McGeechan can't wait to return to Silver Royd tonight
Sir Ian McGeechan can't wait to return to Silver Royd tonight

Yorkshire Carnegie chairman Ian McGeechan is hoping tomorrow’s game against Rotherham at Scarborough will continue to help promote rugby union in the county.

Friday’s On the Road game is a British & Irish Cup clash against their South Yorkshire rivals, and kicks off at 8pm at Silver Royd.

This will be the first time that Scarborough RUFC have hosted a professional club game, with former British and Irish Lions coach McGeechan having been impressed with the club when he visited the Yorkshire coast for the Roses clash at Silver Royd earlier this year.

He said: “They have very impressive facilities at Scarborough RUFC, they have done a fantastic job with the club and it is great to hear that their junior programmes are going well.

“It is great to bring our games to places such as Scarborough as it helps us forge links which could help us identify future talent and also to bring higher-level rugby to grounds around the county.

McGeechan added: “The players also enjoy playing in front of different crowds at different venues around Yorkshire, it shows them that they represent the county.

“The fact that we are also playing against another team from Yorkshire, Rotherham Titans, should make for a great atmosphere on Friday night.”

Scarborough RUFC operations manager Graeme Jeffrey said: “It is a great honour for Yorkshire Carnegie to come here as part of the On The Road scheme. It would be great to get a good crowd down here for the match.”