First rugby fixture of the year for Stornoway

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Stornoway RFC kickstart 2015 this weekend, when they host fellow islanders Shetland RFC, in the latest round of Caley 2 North league.

Recent weeks have seen Stornoway’s fixture list stutter to some degree, with Mother Nature ruling the roost, seeing huge numbers of games across the North called off.

It has been a frustrating month or so for the squad as the poor weather conditions have also seen training become almost impossible.

“Between the weather and the holiday break we have had very little opportunity to get together in recent weeks,” said coach Angus Mackay.

“It looks like we will have little preparation for the Shetland visit, with wind and snow causing us some real problems.”

The issues with the weather and cancelations right across the country, brings the call for summer rugby to light yet again.

Mackay continued: “Playing rugby at this time of year and in current conditions, does nothing to raise the profile of the game. No player can shine in freezing, wet conditions on a muddy pitch and the risk of injury increases too. It’s the same for spectators, only a few hardy rugby folk are willing to brave the elements.”

On Saturday Stornoway are likely to be short a number of players through injury, with Calum Mackinnon and Kyle Brunton missing from the backs and Innes Macuish and Roddy Graham likely missing out up front.

Earlier this season Stornoway snatched victory in Lerwick, coming out on top in a close match, 17-15.

‘We want to target certain games to ensure our future in this league and this is one of those games,” added Mackay.

“Shetland are coming here looking to overturn the earlier result and we will have to be at out best to stand any chance of stopping them.”

Kick off is scheduled for 12pm at Bayhead.