The SCOTS on exercise in the Scottish Highlands

On the weekend of the eagerly anticipated Scotland vs Fiji international game, both 3 and 4 SCOTS rugby teams travelled to Redford Cavalry Barracks in Edinburgh. The meeting saw a combined training session followed by a friendly match between the two Battalions. The rugby brought together soldiers from both Fiji and Scotland. The players eased into the morning with a training session, led by the newly appointed Infantry Rugby Coach, Pte Junior Bulumakau of 3 SCOTS.

During the game 3 SCOTS demonstrated their ability to produce their own ‘Fijian’ style of rugby taking the first points. 4 SCOTS fought back with both sides exchanging points for the lead. 3 SCOTS managed to maintain momentum and were ultimately victorious. The day proved to be an excellent opportunity for the 3 and 4 SCOTS players to build their relationship; and for some of the families from the Fijian community to meet up prior to the game at BT Murrayfield.

It was then onto BT Murrayfield for the big game and some continued team bonding. Fiji displayed a great display in the first half, much to the frustration of Rugby OC Maj McRobbie. The final result however went the way of the Scots with a clinical second half. The team and their families met afterwards in a more social setting to reflect on a great day of rugby. All in all, the day proved to be a great success, bringing two battalions and two communities even closer together.