Euros Success

7 Aug 2010 @ 11:00 BST

Scotland's touch players are again the toast of Europe after winning the Men's Open title at last month's European Championships.

winning team

The men's side beat Wales 8-3 in the final to complete an undefeated title run at the four-day biennial Euros championships in Bristol in late July. To add to the title win, Scotland's captain Michael Short was named player of the final and also most valuable player in the Men's Open division.

It is the first time Scotland has won the prestigious Men's Open division. The victory brought Scotland its fourth international title in three seasons, following the Men's 35s win at the 2009 Home Nations, the Women's 30s win at the 2009 Mainland Cup and the Mixed Open team's title win at the 2008 Euros.

At this year's event Scotland's Women's Open team added to the country's medal count on finals day, beating England Women's 30s 5-1 in the third place playoff. Scotland Women's 30 side also did well, coming fifth in the Women's Open division, beating Germany 2-1 in their positional playoff.

In other divisions, the Men's 30s came fourth, Men's 35 came fifth and Mixed Open finished 10th in a very competitive and evenly-matched division.

Simon Ebbett, chair of the national squad management committee, said the Men's Open title win set Scotland up nicely for the country's campaign at next year's World Cup, being held on home soil in Edinburgh.

"Over the past two years we've been working hard to improve everything we do in our preparation of the national squad and our planning for major tournaments," Ebbett said.

"That ranges from our coaching of individuals and teams to our talent identification and selection processes to our athletic development and support of the players. We've introduced items such as strength and conditioning programmes and nutritional education for the players, as well as ensuring we have good quality support such as excellent physios and tournament catering."

"Our continued success on the European stage is showing the benefits of that work. Our aim now is to build on that and improve even further so we can put Scottish touch in the best position possible going into next year's World Cup."