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Touching Rugby Down Under – Two From Scotland’s Rural College Represent Their Country in World Cup

Published Wednesday, 8th April 2015 in Veterinary Services news

Frankie Alcock

A student and a member of staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will be travelling to Australia to represent and to captain Scotland’s Touch Rugby Teams at the Touch World Cup later this month.

Frankie Alcock, a Higher Lab Scientist and Technical Manager in Veterinary Diagnostics based at SRUC’s Bush Estate, outside Edinburgh will be captaining the Scottish Women’s Open Squad; and Logan Arundel, a 2nd year Sports Coaching and Development student at SRUC’s Ayr Campus will be playing for the Scottish Men’s Open Team.

Frankie and Logan will join teams from 25 nations competing at the Touch World Cup from 29 April – 3 May 2015 at Coffs Coast, 550 km north of Sydney.

Logan, 19, started playing Rugby Union while at primary school in Bridge of Allan, moving onto Touch Rugby while at high school. Commenting ahead of the World Cup Logan said:

“After finishing third at the European Championships in Wales last summer, we know how we compare with the other European teams, but as the game originated in the Southern Hemisphere I think Australia and New Zealand will be tough competition. If we finish in the top five it will be a real achievement.

“I run and play hockey too and I play a bit of tennis as a hobby. My main interest professionally is strength and conditioning - I will make a decision in my third year as to which direction I want to take when I graduate. I hope to travel, and this trip to Australia will be a taster to see if I can go back more long term in the future.”

Frankie, originally from Balmullo in Fife, has played Touch Rugby since she graduated from the then SAC in 2008 with a BSc (Honours) in Animal science, and has been playing for Scotland since 2012. Frankie will have finished working for SRUC by the time she leads the women’s team down under. After the championship she will take time out to travel, starting in the Southern Hemisphere. Speaking about her love of Touch Rugby, Frankie said:

“As a sport it's fast, dynamic and constantly evolving. It's not even recognised as a sport yet in Scotland but the player base is increasing and we are becoming one of Europe’s best squads. I love the people I've met and the passion I've seen, and I still get a buzz after six years of playing.

“The World Cup is an incredible honour to be part of.  I have the privilege of leading 16 talented, passionate, determined and sometimes hilarious girls on an adventure we will never forget. We are aiming for 6th place – as we have been going from strength to strength since the last world cup in Edinburgh in 2011 where we finished 9th.”

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