Bronte plays at Pittodrie test


Drumoak youngster Bronte Haywood (11) will be playing with her school pipe band at Pittodrie this Saturday when Scotland take on Tonga

The final EMC2 Test of the autumn rugby series sees Scotland challenge Tonga on Saturday and the match will be opened for the first time ever by a school pipe band.

Lathallan Pipe Band from Lathallan School in Johnshaven, where Bronte is a pupil, will perform ‘O Flower of Scotland’ with the massed pipes and drums.

Scotland has beaten Canada and Samoa there in recent years and will be aiming for another win in the last game before the 2015 Rugby World Cup draw.

Lathallan Pipe Band will also be performing a repertoire of pipes and drums to the thousands of visitors arriving at the Richard Donald Stand before the game.

Richard Toley, Headmaster, Lathallan School, said: “It is gratifying to see the efforts of our pupils being rewarded in this way and I cannot wait to see them perform on centre stage. We have strong connections with the Scotland squad having welcomed several of them (Ruaridh Jackson, Stuart Hogg and Pete Murchie) to our Rugby 7s tournament and with many of our pupils enjoying success at regional level we hope to soon see them putting on the Scotland strip.”