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2016 John Macphail Rugby Scholarship recipients announced

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This year's John Macphail Rugby Scholarship has been awarded to BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players, Patrick Kelly and Ross McCann.

The award is now in its 12th year having been set up by The Robertson Trust in memory of ex-chairman former Scottish rugby international, John Macphail. Each year, it enables two young rugby players who have demonstrated the potential to win a Scottish cap to undertake special training with a New Zealand rugby club.

Over a 15-week period commencing on Saturday, Patrick and Ross will benefit from first-class facilities and specialist coaching at the Canterbury RFC International High Performance Unit in Christchurch. They will follow in the footsteps of a host of present and past Scotland rugby internationals who have also been awarded the scholarship including John Barclay (2005), Kevin Bryce (2007), Grant Gilchrist (2011), Jonny Gray (2012), Finn Russell (2013) and Adam Ashe (2014).

Mark Laing, Chairman of the Robertson Scholarship Trust, said: “For 12 years, the John Macphail Rugby Scholarship has assisted in the development of some of Scotland’s brightest rugby prospects.

“It’s with great delight that we welcome Ross and Patrick this year. Both are talented individuals and have a real opportunity to follow in the footsteps of those professional and international players who have used the scholarship as a springboard for future success.

“As you would expect and given their own proud links to the sport, the Macphail family will take a close, personal interest in the development of both players. All involved with the Scholarship wish them all the best for their time in New Zealand and look forward to seeing how it impacts their skills and future careers.”

Find out more about both recipients here.