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Scots pull out of B&I Cup

Scottish Rugby has today confirmed that its top four Premiership clubs will not take part in the 2014-15 British & Irish Cup.

The decision follows changes to the competition’s structure which would see six fixtures being played before Christmas.

According to a statement released by Scottish rugby, such changes would prevent Melrose, Gala, Ayr and Heriot’s from performing at their best in the B&I Cup as well as in the BT Premiership therefore “compromise the integrity of Scottish Rugby’s flagship club competition”.

Scottish Rugby’s director of rugby operations Colin Thomson, said: “In light of the changes to the British & Irish Cup competition structure our four qualified teams, Melrose, Gala, Ayr and Heriot’s will not participate in the 2014-15 competition.

“Discussions over the competition structure have been difficult and protracted and we have done everything in our power to try to influence a solution that would meet the needs of all participants.

“Regrettably this has not been achieved and the B& I Cup pool dates have been set for two blocks of three fixtures either side of the Autumn International window.

“Given this, we simply could not support six B&I cup games in the first half of the season as this would have a significant impact on the integrity of our own BT Premiership competition.

“Scottish Rugby will continue to work with its clubs to find suitable cross border opportunities.”

2014-15 British & Irish Cup structure

Teams

  • 12 Greene King IPA Championship clubs
  • Four Welsh Principality Premiership clubs
  • Four Irish provinces – Connacht, Munster, Leinster and Ulster Ravens

Pool stages

  • Taking place on October 11, 18, 25, November 29 and December 6, 13, 2014
  • Five pools of four playing home and away
  • Four points for a win, two for a draw, one bonus point for a) scoring four or more tries and/or b) losing by seven points or less

Quarter-finals

  • Taking place on January 24, 2015
  • Top side in each pool progress to knock-out stage, plus three best runners-up
  • Eight quarter-finalists ranked with teams ranked 1-4 having home advantage

Semi-finals and final

  • Four winning quarter-finalists progress to semi-final draw, which takes place on weekend of March 13/14/15, 2015
  • Winning semi-finalists progress to final to take place on weekend of April 3/4/5, 2015

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