Rugby season returns today

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Competitive senior rugby returns to Stornoway today (Saturday, September 5) with a mouth watering inter-island clash on the cards between Stornoway and visiting Shetland.

A long pre-season for Stornoway RFC, which including a leg-sapping, fund raising walk the length of the Western Isles from the Butt to Barra, will end today.

Shetland and Stornoway will clash at Bayhead in the Caledonia North Division Two curtain-raiser in a match which will test Stornoway’s summer of training and team building to the test.

Stornoway coach Angus Mackay is looking forward to another challenging year ahead but he reamins cautiously optimistic.

He said: “The lads have worked very hard over the summer and are all looking forward to actually getting some game time.

“It is going to be another huge season for us, defined by how we do at home as travelling so far, so often, is going to be a huge challenge with a small squad, but the lads are up for it.”

Fellow islanders Shetland make the trip to Stornoway with a strong squad and are looking to turn the tide on recent results, with Stornoway winning three of the last four matches between the pair.

Stornoway will be keen to ensure their recent run of victories continue for bragging rights of the isles.

Kick off time today is 4pm, this is slightly later than normal due to the U-16s fixture against Ross Sutherland taking place at 2.30pm.