Scottish setback for Barrow

IT'S hardly a case of 'home sweet home' for new Leeds Carnegie signing Scott Barrow – on the international front at least!

The 27-year-old Glasgow centre recently put pen to paper to head south to Yorkshire on a two-year-deal.

Having qualified to represent Scotland A on residency grounds last August, he had hoped to be selected for the forthcoming Churchill Cup squad this month following his stint with Glasgow.

But his hopes have been dashed because he has sold his house in the Scottish city last month.

The stunned 27-year-old, who hails from St Helens, said: "I sold my house to (Glasgow) teammate Bernardo Stortoni in May and arranged to move in with Graeme Morrison temporarily while I prepared for the Churchill Cup.

"I was stunned and really gutted when I got a call to say the IRB had refused to clear me on the grounds that on the date of the first game in June, I will only have a rented address in Scotland."

An SRU spokesman explained: "Until recently Scott owned a home in Glasgow and could claim primary and permanent residence.

"Not fully aware of the stringent IRB rulings surrounding qualification through residency, he sold his home in preparation for his move, and moved into temporary rented accommodation.

"Unfortunately, Scott is no longer eligible for Scotland as he no longer has his primary permanent residence in Scotland."

Barrow added: "If I'd known about this ruling I wouldn't have sold Bernie my home until after I'd toured. But it's not to be. My hopes of playing for Scotland are dead and buried now."

Carnegie at least have the consolation of two Scottish representatives in the squad for the competition in North America, flanker Jon Dunbar and prop Tom McGee, while Mike MacDonald will represent the US.