Pro­posal is ‘ridicu­lous’ says prop

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

SCOT­LAND rugby prop Zan­der Fager­son thinks pro­pos­als to squeeze the RBS 6 Na­tions into a four-week win­dow are “ridicu­lous”.

Eng­land’s lead­ing clubs have sub­mit­ted plans which would see the Cham­pi­onship’s two fal­low weeks scrapped, with matches played over five con­sec­u­tive week­ends.

How­ever, the idea has al­ready been met with re­sis­tance, with player wel­fare and i ncreased costs f or sup­port­ers among the con­cerns.

Now Dark Blues front row Fager­son, a for­mer Strathal­lan School pupil, has added his name to the list of crit­ics.

The Glas­gow for­ward played the full 80 min­utes dur­ing Scot­land’s first game against Ire­land be­fore man­ag­ing al­most an hour dur­ing Satur­day’s de­feat to France.

The 21-year-old in­sists he will be happy to turn out for club side Glas­gow against Ul­ster t his week­end but reck­ons the de­mands of play­ing Test level rugby week af­ter week would be too much.

“I think t h a t ’s c o m p l e t e l y im­plau­si­ble,” he said when asked about the sug­gested changes, which would kick in from 2020.

“I feel sorry for the guys who might have to play for their clubs this week­end. We get looked af­ter pretty well so, un­less it’s a ne­ces­sity, I don’t think a lot of the boys will be play­ing.

“I don’t know if I’ll have the week­end off. I’m not the boss. If I have to play for Glas­gow I’ll play for Glas­gow. I like my rugby and want to play every game.

“Hav­ing been in the Ju­nior World Cup, where you play five games over four weeks, it is pretty bru­tal.”

Zan­der Fager­son

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