The Men have the following fixtures for the 2017 - 2018 European 15s season:
14.10 Sweden Hungary
28.10 Ukraine Sweden
28.04 Lithuania Sweden
12.05 Sweden - Latvia
Itīs a pity that the Union has been unable to give us this information, but their large Board has no idea about these matters and/or not much interest. We are of course still in Confederation 1 North from which the Czechs were promoted and Luxemburg relegated.
Iīve seen worse schedules. Hungary have been promoted and we will play them at home the week after the second final. That should be our easiest game, although Hungary are improving. We then play the two best teams in the group, unfortunately both away.
Ukraine were relegated this year after a disastrous season and we will meet them two weeks after the Hungary match.
Then in the Spring itīs away to Lithuania and two weeks later itīs home to Latvia. We have good enough players in Sweden to get back to the higher Trophy level, but only if we make a fresh start in August. The second and third string players selected by the present coach, only he knows why, are not good enough and will only add to our run of 19 defeats in the last 20 games. I call upon the Union to make a fresh start with a new coach and manager and to make a serious attempt to improve our status. Letting matters drift, which seems the present policy, is an insult to Swedish rugby.
When it comes to 7s, the Ladies will have two rounds at the Trophy level in June/July and will want to get back to the GP level as quickly as possible.
I think they can do it although it has to be said they were a bit of a disappointment in the second round of the GP this year. They have, however, an established structure which seems to work well, although a lot of work has still to be done on the technicalities of the sevenīs game.
The Men move up to the GP level and will be playing no fewer than four rounds in June/July next year. They have players in depth, selected on merit, and an excellent coach. They will need a good administrator instead of a fresh set-up every weekend and I think Anders Svärd is still the man for the job. This would involve the Chairperson setting aside her personal animosity, which she is not very good at.
Iīll come back to the 7s at a later date, the main consideration at present is the financing and administration of the Menīs 15.