Ayr Rugby Football Club

Ayr Super 6 Update


All selected 'Super Six' clubs have now had a number of very positive meetings and there is good progress being made in a number of areas.


It is important to highlight that there is a collective will from the teams to work with all the clubs in Scotland to ensure that the Super Six competition provides a pathway to enhance the whole of Scottish club rugby and not just the six participating clubs. 


Ayr RFC would like to provide clarification on the following points:


Super 6 Club XV League Standing


All Scottish clubs were given an opportunity to bid for a franchise competing in a new part-time professional competition alongside their existing rugby club. It was made clear from the outset that the successful Franchise Club XV would play in the new National 1 based upon:


  • National 1 being the right level based on player welfare and competitiveness of teams. The recent changes to the BT cup structure, where the number of competing teams was reduced to 16 due to safety concerns, being the precedent for this decision.
  • Agreement that Club XV’s of all clubs should be allowed to find their own natural level within the pyramid structure of Scottish club rugby and therefore being promoted or relegated based on the rules of the competition from a league position determined by the level of performance at which they are able to operate. The primary principle behind this being the preservation of the integrity of the league structure for all clubs.


All Super 6 clubs applied on this basis and have therefore accepted their Club XV being placed in National 1.


Super 6 Squad Sizes


We are having ongoing discussions about the make-up of the 35 man Super Six playing squad and how we can work with Scottish Rugby and other clubs to ensure that those players not playing Super Six are able to play regularly. This could potentially involve dual registration of players with championship clubs depending on the outcome of the debate on amateurism and agreement from the other clubs. We are aware of the perception of player drain on non-Super Six clubs and therefore this initiative can only be good for the players and all of Scottish Rugby. 


Interaction with non-Super Six clubs


All of the Super 6 Clubs recognise they have a responsibility to support and help develop their local clubs. To enable this, all Super 6 clubs will be arranging regular meetings with clubs within their area to discuss how they can best work together for their mutual benefit. Some of these meetings are happening already.


Super 6 is designed to enhance Scottish club rugby as a whole and as the custodians of a Super Six franchise we are determined to ensure that it is positive for all clubs within Scotland- not just the Super Six clubs. We are open to discussion and would encourage you contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.