Scottish Rugby is currently planning to create six semi-professional franchise clubs as part of a restructuring of the game north of the border.
They will contest a six-team semi-pro league, with play-offs to follow. Right now, they’re hoping the league can be in place for a 2018/19 start.
Right now, they’re hoping the league will be in place for a 2018/19 start.
Chief executive Mark Dodson will unveil the proposal at the union’s annual general meeting next Saturday, 5 August, BBC Scotland has learned.
The SRU would invest at least £100,000 annually in each of the teams for the first five years, a total of over £3m.
Clubs are yet to be convinced of the plan. One club representative told BBC Scotland: “I doubt we have enough good players to make it work and it might cost more to set up than the union envisages.”
The fully professional teams, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, would remain in the PRO12.