CARNOUSTIE Rugby Club will be taking to the field this weekend thanks to the generosity of a professional side.
On Friday their playing kit was consumed in the fire which destroyed the Perfect Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service Ltd.
However, professional Scottish side Edinburgh Rugby came to their rescue earlier on Wednesday with replacement kit.
This will allow Carnoustie’s 1st XV, which currently sits ninth in the RBS Caledonia Midlands league, to make a crucial fixture against eighth placed Kinross.
Edinburgh’s generosity extended to the 2nd XV, who also lost all their gear and were in danger of forfeiting a home match against Hillfoots.
Carnoustie Rugby Club president Chris Ayres said: “This weekend’s match against Kinross is massive in terms of our league survival but none of the big clubs in the area had anything they could offer, which was when I turned to Edinburgh Rugby, who have since donated two full sets of their professional playing jerseys.
“The result is that both teams will be able to play as normal for the next couple of months, while we complete our insurance claim and then order new sets of strips.
“We’re really grateful. It’s fantastic that they’ve been able to react so quickly and are delighted that, despite the loss, our attempts to stay in the division will go uninterrupted.”
Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw handed over 50 jerseys from their 2010/11 season to president Ayres at Murrayfield Stadium.
He said: “Edinburgh Rugby is the east of Scotland’s rugby club, and our players have the honour of representing the rugby regions of the east every time they take to the field to tackle the top teams in Europe.
“We get great support from these clubs week in week out, so it’s important that we play our part and give something back when the opportunity arises.
“All the best to Carnoustie this Saturday, hopefully after the bad news from the weekend they’ll get some luck on the road in the match.”