Scotland’s national rugby team has been thrust into a transition phase after former captain Darren Hurley announced his retirement from the sport in the wake of an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.
A number of senior players are also in the spotlight following allegations of abuse by a former teammate.
One of the players who have been accused of sexually assaulting a female player is Dunya’s new captain, Darren Hurly, who is now an independent player.
Dunya has been an independent rugby player for six seasons but the Scot has had a change of heart and has joined the national team for the first time in its history.
Dunyan was named captain of the Dunya squad at the end of the 2016 season, when Hurley retired from the game, but he is also in charge of Dunyas international training program.
He has not yet played for Scotland’s senior side and is still under investigation by the Scottish Police for an alleged rape in the mid-1990s.
Hurley has denied the allegations and has told the BBC he will continue to be an active member of Dunyan’s team.
The team has lost a number of key players over the last two years, with two players leaving to take up positions at club sides in Wales and the United Kingdom.
Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) chief executive Stewart Regan said Hurley had “no doubt” that he was not fit enough to lead the team in future.
“Our thoughts are with Darren and his family during this time.””
The new Dunya coach, Paul Mitchell, said Hurly would be welcomed back as captain.”
Our thoughts are with Darren and his family during this time.”
The new Dunya coach, Paul Mitchell, said Hurly would be welcomed back as captain.
He added: “I’m delighted that Darren has agreed to return to Duny, and I know that his team-mates will do everything they can to support him.”
Dunyan said it was important to put the issue behind and look forward to the future.
Mitchell said he wanted to thank Hurley for the sacrifices he made to help create a strong Dunyan team.
He told BBC Sport: “He was a great leader, a great man, a fantastic player and I wish him the very best for the future of the team.”