What is Scotland doing that their competition isn’t? Is it still the case that the Scottish junior national teams are selected directly from school or youth teams? Players need to be in elite environments from as early as possible. England, Wales and Ireland all have regional development pathways, that funnel players through to pro teams at the tip end of the spear. I remember responding to a Scottish poster on here after they were relegated from the U20 RWC and they said that isn’t the case in Scotland and that players are in what are essentially amateur set ups until they receive a professional contract.
Also worth noting that none of the Scottish Uni’s are pushing for a BUCS Super position. Wales has 3 Uni’s in the comp, and a fourth will be chasing a spot soon.
It doesn’t look great from the outside. Would be interesting to hear what the pathway looks like for a player. For comparison in Wales it is. Dewar Shield (Schools U13), Regional Age Grade (U16), Regional Age Grade U18 alongside the 6th form league. From there players will have to earn an academy slot, from which they will be playing Welsh Prem and likely BUCS Super.