Ford's pound;200,000 link-up with the Scottish Rugby Union is expected to benefit 126,000 schoolchildren throughout Scotland and, as a bonus, a Transit minibus will go to the school that wins a fair play competition. The sponsorship will introduce "tag rugby" for S1-S2s to ease the transition from mini-rugby to the full contact version.
In Penrith, the Scottish Schools undr-18 team drew 15-15 with England under-18s in what could be their last fixture. Under the Scottish Rugby Union's new Pathways programme, next season's under-18 team will be drawn from the best schools and club players. Scottish Schools has suffered in the past from playing against older players in home nations matches due to discrepancies over the age criteria.