Home comforts - Staying in Richmond remains London Scottish’s main priority (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Home comforts - Staying in Richmond remains London Scottish’s main priority
Director Kenny Logan has revealed hosting Premiership rugby at the Athletic Ground is London Scottish’s preferred option should they win promotion from the Championship.
The Scots moved back into the Championship play-off places on Saturday to ignite hopes of a top-flight return for the first time since the club went into administration in 1999.
The exiles recently submitted a planning application for new temporary stands at Kew Foot Road as they try to grow their fanbase to one day boost a tilt at promotion.
The exiles, who saw director of rugby Simon Amor leave the club at the start of the season, have come a long way since turning fully professional 18 months ago.
And realistically they could be playing in English rugby’s top tier next season.
But Logan, who would like Premiership stadium rules relaxed to enable top-flight rugby to return to Richmond having seen London Welsh forced to move away, insisted any decision to accept the opportunity to move up would be looked at closely.
“The club is really moving forward. We stayed in the division at the first attempt and then finished ninth the year after that,” said the former Scotland international.
“We want to get in the top four this year and then look to be there consistently, before trying to win it. There are no plans to move at the moment because the financial model for renting a ground does not stack up.
“If we do win the Championship then we will have to think about whether we go up or not and where we play.
“London Scottish is a great community club. There is a different atmosphere here to Premiership grounds and we need to stay here.
“We want to grow our fanbase here. The ground is a bit tired but a lick of paint will change that.
“With more support we can be more successful.”
Scottish have a proud history of producing international players for Scotland, and Logan would like to see that for all home nations.
“We are a community club and want to integrate our players into the community,” he added.
“Historically, we’ve produced Scotland internationals, but we need to do that for England too, because the Championship is a great league to develop young players.”
Back on song: Scottish prop Tom Dunn powers over to score a second half try in Saturday’s win over Cornish Pirates, which set acting coach James Buckland’s men up nicely for tonight’s trip to Nottingham Deadlinepix SP82594
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