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LEFT – Selkirk’s new 1st XV captain Ross Nixon (right) congratulates Ewan MacDougall on being appointed his vice-captain. RIGHT – Top table guests at Friday’s club dinner. Back row, from left: Jim Inglis, Andrew Renwick, Elliot Henderson. Seated: Terence Froud, Mick Craig (chairman) and Rory Bannerman.

LEFT – 1st XV hooker James Bett is presented with the Boag Cup by president Mick Craig after being named Selkirk’s ‘Player of the Year’. RIGHT – Gordon Patterson receives an award to mark his retiral from 1st XV rugby after 227 senior appearances.

LEFT – Fly-half Callum McColm receives the Bell Club for being the club’s best tackler. RIGHT – Darren Clapperton is presented with the Oliver Lawson Quaich after finishing the season as joint top try scorer

LEFT – Craig MacDougall was voted the 1st XV’s ‘Player’s Player of the Year’. RIGHT – President Mick Craig presents Lewis Martin with the Gary Selkirk Cup for best trainer.

LEFT – The Neil Redpath Cup for most committed ‘A’ XV player was awarded to Robert Cook. RIGHT – George Welsh (right) has generously donated to the club a framed Selkirk Youth Club jersey signed by every Youth Club captain since 1950. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

SELKIRK Rugby Club’s momentous season was celebrated in fine style at the club’s annual dinner on Friday night, with the 1st XV players involved in the team’s record-breaking feat of winning all 22 of their BT National League Division 1 fixtures being presented with specially engraved glass tankards.

“It has been an amazing season,” Selkirk president Mick Craig, who chaired the dinner, told members and guests. “The success the club has enjoyed this year is just reward for the tremendous effort put in by the players and coaches over the past 10 months.

“For the 1st XV to win promotion to the BT Premiership and for our ‘A’ XV to finish fourth in BT Reserve League National 2 is a fantastic achievement, of which everyone involved at Philiphaugh both on and off the pitch can be proud.

“It wasn’t all plain sailing, and Kelso tried hard to spoil the party in our final fixture, but just as they’d done all season the players showed their character to salvage an incredible victory with the very last play of the game. What an achievement – well done boys!”

Glass tankards were then presented to the 17 1st XV players present at the dinner, as well as to forwards coach Neill Wood, assistant backs coach Gavin Craig and to team manager Tom Ramage.

The toast to Selkirk Rugby Club was proposed by former Hawick RFC president Rory Bannerman. “It’s remarkable what you have achieved this year,” he told guests. “To remain unbeaten after 1,760 minutes of rugby is a stunning achievement, and I would suggest Selkirk must be a ‘shoe-in’ for Scottish Rugby’s Team of the Year.

“Without a doubt Selkirk has had a starring role in Scottish rugby this season, and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to welcoming you into the BT Premiership. I hope that you’re there to stay, as it is important to have as many Border clubs in the top tier as possible, showing what can be done with local lads.”

The reply to the toast was given by 1st XV captain Andrew Renwick, who thanked the players for giving their all week in, week out, and the coaches for their guidance and commitment. He had a special word of thanks for the club’s supporters. “We must have the best supporters in the country - everywhere we go, they follow us. I’m sure they’ll be just as supportive for our Premiership games next year.”

After receiving his captain’s tankard from Mick Craig, the 1st XV skipper made a special presentation of a framed photograph to team-mate Gordon Patterson, who made his final 1st XV appearance at Poynder Park in March. “Gordon has been one of the club’s most consistent players, playing 227 times for the 1sts, including a run of 96 consecutive appearances. Thanks for all your effort, Pate.”

The toast to Rugby Football was given by former Hawick president and coach Terence Froud, who congratulated the Selkirk players on their record-breaking season: “You showed what can be done by a small club, now you have to show what you can do in the top flight.”

In a wide-ranging address, Mr Froud took issue with the inordinate length of the rugby season: “Starting in August and running to the middle of May puts enormous pressure on club players,” he said, adding that he believed the 10-tournament ‘Kings of the Sevens’ circuit should also be reduced.

The former Greens coach said there was a “huge problem” with clubs paying players, and he advocated directing this money into improving the youth set-up of rugby. He also took issue with the fairness of the Premiership play-off system, and said there should always be a place in club rugby for teams to go on tours, which was proving difficult in today’s extended season.

At the end of the dinner It was announced that Selkirk’s new 1st XV captain for season 2015/2016 would be centre Ross Nixon, with back row forward Ewan MacDougall taking over Ross’s previous role as vice-captain.

The player awards were then presented to the 2015 recipients:

Oliver Lawson Quaich (top 1st XV try scorer) – Darren Clapperton & Josh Welsh (16 tries each).
Neil Redpath Cup (most committed A XV player) – Robert Cook.
Wat Henderson Quaich (outstanding performer in first season at Philiphaugh) – Jordan McGowan.
1st XV Player’s Player of the Year – Craig MacDougall.
‘A’ XV Player’s Player of the Year – Matt Robertson.
Tom Henderson Trophy (special achievement by a 1st XV player) – The whole Selkirk 1st XV team.
Bell Cup (best tackler) – Callum McColm.
Gary Selkirk Cup (club’s best trainer) – Lewis Martin.
Boag Cup (Selkirk RFC Player of the Year) – James Bett.

The dinner concluded with a comprehensive vote of thanks by senior vice-president Elliot Henderson, while entertainment during the evening was provided by Alan Wheelans and Alan Pearce.


HAVE PEN, WILL TRAVEL. A Biro is never far away from the right hand of John Smail, seen here on the team bus in his former role as Selkirk team manager. [Photo: FRANCK SEGUIN]

AFTER writing match reports and compiling news items for the selkirkrfc.com web site on and off for the past 20 years, John Smail has finally decided to power off his computer keyboard. The former Selkirk president and player informed the club’s committee of his decision three months ago, and hopes a new face will take over his web site role in time for the start of the new season.

“It’s been a real pleasure being involved with Selkirk Rugby Club’s web site,” said John. “During that time I’ve been very fortunate to have been working alongside such talented individuals as club photographer Grant Kinghorn and web master Mike Craig, who’ve made my job so much easier. They certainly deserve a special mention.

“I’d also like to thank all the players, coaches, club officials and supporters for their assistance and encouragement. Sometimes they might have been a bit surprised when they saw how their quotes turned out on the web site home page, but by and large I’m pleased to say there have been no major hiccups!”

In the coming months John and his wife Mary are planning to travel more, but he will continue his role as treasurer of the Selkirk Past Players Club, as well as closely following the fortunes of the two Philiphaugh teams.


A CUT ABOVE. The playing season might now be over at Philiphaugh, but work on the pitch and surrounding areas continues to go full steam ahead. Pictured hard at work at the Selkirk RFC ground last Friday are groundsman Brian Cassidy (seated on cutter) and assistant groundsman Colin Malcolm (with Flymo). Keep up the good work, guys! [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]


(End of Season 2014/2015)

1st XV

Played 26 Won 23 Lost 3 Drawn 0

Points scored: 791. Points conceded: 404.
Tries scored: 105. Tries conceded: 52.

Leading try scorers
(after 26 matches): 16 - Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 9 - James Bett; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Cata Graur, Angus Duckett; 5 - Callum McColm; 4 - Scott Hendrie, Lewis MacLennan, Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Kieran Cooney; 3 - Mikey Davies; 2 - Matt Kissick, Rory Banks, Gordon Patterson, John Everitt; 1 – Jordan McGowan, Chaney Willemse, Mitch Utteridge, Callum McEwan, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.

Leading points scorers (after 26 matches): 214 – Josh Welsh (16 tries, 21 penalties, 35 cons); 131 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 24 pens, 23 convs).

Most appearances (after 26 matches): 26 - James Bett; 25 - Callum Marshall, Cata Graur, Mikey Davies, Kieran Cooney; 24 - Angus Duckett; 23 - Lewis MacLennan; 22 - Josh Welsh, Ewan MacDougall, Gordon Patterson; 21 - Rory Banks, Craig MacDougall; 20 - Jordan McGowan, Matt Kissick, Callum McColm; 19 - Ross Nixon, Ruairi Wilson, Darren Clapperton.

'A' XV

Played 20 Won 13 Lost 7 Drawn 0

Points scored: 560. Points conceded: 386.
Tries scored: 80. Tries conceded: 60.

Leading try scorers
(after 20 matches): 13 - Callum McEwan; 9 - Lewis Martin; 8 - Kieran Monks; 4 - Scott Marshall, Ali Lyall, Scott Hendrie, Jack Elliot; 3 – Robert Cook, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh; 2 – Darren Knox, Sean Nixon, Ross Purves, Rory Banks, Craig Bruce, Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Bruce Riddell, Bob Wilkinson, Matt Robertson, Willie McClymont, John Everitt, Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.

Leading points scorers (after 20 matches): 65 - Callum McEwan (10 tries); 63 – Jack Elliot (4 tries, 7 penalties, 11 conversions); 48 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 12 conversions).

Most appearances (after 20 matches): 20 – Lewis Martin; 19 – Robert Cook, Ross Purves; 17 - Scott McClymont, Kieran Thomson, Craig Bruce; 14 - Jamie Turnbull; 13 - Kieran Monks, Matt Robertson, Jack Elliot; 12 - Scott McDonald, W. McClymont, S. Mackay; 11 - Scott Tough, Bruce Riddell; 10 - Callum McEwan; 9 - Jimmy Stephen; 7 – Callum Turnbull.


Played 1 Won 1 Lost 0 Drawn 0

Points scored: 72. Points conceded: 0.
Tries scored: 12. Tries conceded: 0.

Leading try scorers (after one match): 3 – Lewis Beaton, Michael McVie; 1 – Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Craig Bruce, James Bett, Blair Amos, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney.

Leading points scorers (after one match): 27 – Michael McVie (3 tries, 6 conversions.

Most appearances (after one match): 1 - Kieran Monks, Duncan Lawson, Lewis Beaton, Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Michael McVie, Craig Bruce, Chris Fairbairn, James Bett, Kyle Ramage, Adam Nichol, Jack Houston, Blair Amos, Willie McClymont, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney, Donny Mackenzie.



Forthcoming Fixtures/Events


Recent Results

28/03 Kelso 29, Selkirk 32 Report
24/03 Wtsoians 26 ,Selkirk 35 Report




SELKIRK Rugby Club is currently recruiting players for the 2015/2016 campaign.

After winning this season’s BT National League Division 1 title, thereby securing Selkirk’s promotion to the BT Premiership, the club would like to strengthen its playing resources.

If you’re a player who feels up for the challenge, then please call Selkirk Rugby Club’s director of Rugby, Cammy Cochrane, on 07780 563 256.


PRIOR to the start of Friday night’s annual club dinner in the Philiphaugh Suite, Selkirk president and dinner chairman Mick Craig (right) presented an engraved tankard to ex-Selkirk player Scott Rodgerson to mark his appointment as 2015 Selkirk Royal Burgh Standard Bearer.

“Everyone at Selkirk Rugby Club wishes Scott all the very best at this year’s Common Riding,” president Mick Craig told the selkirkrfrc.com web site this week, “and I’m sure Scott is going to do everyone proud on his big day, Friday, June 12th.”


A SPECIAL one-hour DVD celebrating Selkirk’s remarkable season in BT National League Division 1, which saw the team win all 22 of its LEAGUE fixtures, is now on sale.

Entitled “The Invincibles”, it contains highlights from all 22 victories recorded by Selkirk in the league campaign, as well as interviews with players, coaches and club officials.

Also featured is exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Peter Wright’s dressing room team talk to the players prior to Selkirk’s final home game against Peebles.

The DVD has been shot, compiled and edited by Selkirk RFC stalwarts George Macdonald and John Smail, and is currently on sale at Colin Turnbull’s shoe repairs shop on Selkirk High Street, priced £10.


THE May winner of Selkirk RFC’s Development Club draw is number 283 - Mrs Joyce Flemming – who receives a £100 cheque. Many congratulations, Joyce!
Anyone wishing to join Selkirk RFC’s Development Club is asked to get in touch with secretary Alison Cullen. She can be contacted by e-mail at - alicullen@hotmail.co.uk



SELKIRK Rugby Club supporters can now keep up to date with all the latest club news via Twitter, as well as the latest scores and results from Selkirk matches. Follow - @SelkirkRFCInfo

Club Subscriptions

Subscriptions for 2014-2015

Playing Member............£77
Non-Playing Member...£77
Family Member.............£100
Junior Member............ £10

For information regarding International Tickets contact Billy Renwick. Or buy exclusively from Selkirk RFC portal to the SRU.


Club Shop


THE Selkirk RFC Club Shop is open for every home 1st XV fixture, and on Tuesday training nights from 6.30-7.30pm. It is also open on Sundays at the Rhinos training sessions - 10am - 12noon.

The shop stocks replica Selkirk Playing kit plus a wide range of SRFC hoodies, jackets, gilets, polo shirts, club shirts and club ties.
Any Rhinos looking for playing or training kit can get it in the shop.
There are numerous small Selkirk RFC 'gift' items including mini rugby balls, pens, key fobs and mugs... and much. much more to tempt.
Club shop manager Alison Rutherford looks forward to seeing you in the shop very soon!



Hospitality / Events

Pre-match lunches at the Philiphaugh Suite have become very popular for entertaining guests, friends, sponsors and rugby supporters. Please click this link to see what is on offer.

Alternatively we offer a wide range of flexible options for business, social functions, fund-raising and sporting events for up to 150 guests. Please visit our corporate site at www.philiphaughsuite.co.uk for details

Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465





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