While the main focus of attention will be on the first weekend of the Six Nations, it should not forgotten that a number of games will be played in the Caley leagues, not least at Groats Road where where Aberdeen Wanderers will meet old rivals Ellon.
With Caley Division 1 leaders Dunfermline and second placed Orkney not in action, two of the North East’s best can take the chance to strut their stuff on the back of their considerable commitment to promoting youth rugby. The rewards may not come this season but it’s my belief both clubs will be major players next season.
Wanderers may be out of contention for honours but have won friends on their dedication to duty away from home, playing in big games with weakened teams due to injury and the dreaded Covid. Given a full strength side they will hope to do some damage against an Ellon side who still harbour a top three place in Caley Division I.
After the excitement of winning promotion last week, Aberdeenshire will enjoy a week off, but will be watching the outcome of the 2nd Highland versus 2nd Aberdeen Grammar with interest, as the Canal Park side can still win Caley 2 North, even if they cannot be promoted due to championship rules. A win for Grammar would suit Charlie Catto’s men, leaving them in with a real chance of adding the the title to their haul.
Moray and Banff clash at Duff House in the same division, while Mackie FP’s host Ross Sutherland at Redcloak.
In Caley 3 North, leaders 2nd Gordonians travel to Stornaway defending an unbeaten record, and Shetland are at home to Kinloss Eagles.
And finally in a highly significant game in Caley 4 North, the top of the table clash between 3rd Highland and Dyce will make the best of aperitifs before Scotland take on England at Murrayfield at 4.45