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Selkirk 1st XV to play Falkirk in BT National 1 at Sunnyside on Saturday, Sept. 24, kick-off 3pm (bus leaves 11.45am) – D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, C. McEwan, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, J. McGowan, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Davies, P. Forrest, C. Graur, D. Allan, C. MacAulay.

Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play West of Scotland 2nds in BT Reserve League National 2 at Burnbrae on Saturday, Sept. 24, kick-off 3pm (minibus leaves 11.30am) –G. Ross, J. Griffin, D. Swinbanks, A. Lyall, L. Martin, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, J. Houston, G. Baird, R. Cook, S. McDonald, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Legge, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez, N. Darling.



Scrum-half Callum McEwan manages to clear the ball from a ruck despite the attention of G.H.A. winger Grant Mollison.

Selkirk centre Scott Hendrie bursts clear in Saturday’s match against G.H.A. at Philiphaugh, with team-mates Ruairi Wilson and Lewis MacLennan ready to lend support.

Prop Lwando Mabenge sets off on another bulldozing run, while number eight Sean Nixon (top left) yells for the off-load!

The official mascots for Saturday’s game were twins Liam & Connor Oliver, pictured before kick-off with Selkirk captain Ross Nixon. Both play for Selkirk Rhinos’ P3 team and attend Clovenfords Primary School. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Hard at work collating match programmes prior to the G.H.A. match are Selkirk ex-president George Thomson and fixtures secretary Mary Inglis. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

SELKIRK 55, G.H.A. 24

DESPERATE to return to winning ways after the previous weekend’s heavy defeat at Mayfield, Selkirk gave their loyal supporters plenty to cheer about at Philiphaugh on Saturday, chalking up their second seven-try victory of the BT National League Division 1 campaign.
Despite the margin of victory, opponents G.H.A. were no pushovers – a fact not lost on Selkirk assistant coach Michael Jaffray. “The first 15 minutes were very tough, with G.H.A. playing a high-tempo game which kept our players at full stretch,” the former Selkirk skipper told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the match.
“Eventually we began to settle, gaining territory and starting to dictate play on our own terms. Despite going behind to an early score we kept our composure, and as the confidence levels started to rise, so tries weren’t long in coming.
“Ciaran Whyte made some great breaks and also scored a cracker of a try, while I thought Sean Nixon was outstanding in his first game for us at number eight. After Scott Tough got injured, young Callum McEwan came on and had an outstanding match.
“It helped having Scott Hendrie and Darren Clapperton back in the threequarter line, with forwards and backs combining really well to score some well-executed tries.”
It was G.H.A. who opened the scoring with a try after 12 minutes from wing Nigel Kelly, converted by scrum-half Murray Houston, who also added a penalty later in the half. Selkirk’s first half tries came from Scott Tough, Scott Hendrie and Ciaran Whyte, with Josh Welsh adding all three conversions, plus a couple of penalties, to give Selkirk an interval lead of 27-10.
The home side began to play with more freedom and flair after the break, resulting in four further tries from Darren Clapperton (2), Sean Nixon and Peter Forrest.
Josh Welsh kicked two conversions before heading to the touchline with a leg strain, and in his absence Scott Hendrie kicked two further conversions. The visitors’ remaining points came from tries by Houston and Tom Brown, with Houston slotting both conversions.
The home coaches selected Ciaran Whyte as the Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’.
The only issues to cloud Selkirk’s day were the leg injuries sustained by Scott Tough and Ciaran Whyte, both of which will be further assessed in the coming days. On a brighter note, centre Craig MacDougall has made a full recovery from the knock picked up against Howe of Fife, while prop Cata Graur is expected to take a full part in training this week after being sidelined for a fortnight with a calf injury.
SELKIRK - D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. Whyte, S. Tough, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: C. McEwan, C. McAulay, M. Waldron, C. MacDougall, S. McDonald
G.H.A. – C. Binnie, G. Mollison, B. Addison, T. Brown, N. Kelly, A. Goudie, M. Houston, J. Leslie, D. Ewing, M. Scott, R. Jenkins, J. Auld, P. Harkins, W. Graham, R. Angus. Replacements: S. Carson, S. Plumridge, L. Barron, C. Rome, C. King.
Referee – Steven Turnbull (Scottish Rugby)


Selkirk ‘A’ winger Gavin Ross sets off on another break upfield against G.H.A. 2nds, backed up by team-mate Alan Lambie .

Centre Dave Allan prepares to hand off G.H.A. openside Fergus Haig as Selkirk ‘A’ battle to get into the game.


SELKIRK ‘A’ 6, G.H.A. 2nds 31

DESPITE putting up a valiant display in Saturday’s BT Reserve League National 2 match at Philiphaugh, defeat by a well-drilled and physical G.H.A. 2nds side leaves Selkirk ‘A’ still looking for their first win of the season.
The home team’s cause wasn’t helped when Ross Purves, Kieran Thomson, Harry Borthwick, Jamie Turnbull and Rory Banks all had to retire injured at various stages of the game, resulting in the introduction of uncontested scrums for the final 20 minutes of the match.
Selkirk took the lead from a Rory Banks penalty in the 12th minute, but a scything diagonal break on the half-hour mark by Jonny Lyons (a dead ringer for Highlander actor Christopher Lambert) led to a try in the corner for G.H.A. winger Declan Miller, superbly converted by fly-half Glen Scott. The visiting No. 10 proved G.H.A.’s key player, distributing well and missing just one of six goal attempts.
Ahead 10-3 at the break thanks to a 36th minute Scott penalty, G.H.A. put the game beyond Selkirk’s reach in the second half with further tries from Tom Ritchie and a brace by Andrew Spowart, with Scott converting all three. The home side’s only reply was a second Banks penalty.
Selkirk can take heart from two passages of inspired defending in each half when the visitors were camped on their try line, while centres Dave Allan and Douglas Swinbanks put together some telling breaks (Allan later being named Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’).
A special mention goes to ‘birthday boy’ Strath Mackenzie, who made a big impact off the bench, while the closest Selkirk came to scoring was late in the game when Frazer Anderson made 60 metres from a quickly taken penalty – only to be hauled down just short of the G.H.A. line.
SELKIRK – R. Hamilton, G. Ross, D. Swinbanks, D. Allan, L. Martin, R. Banks, F. Anderson, J. Stephen, R. Purves, K. Thomson, A. Lambie, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, F. Amos, H. Borthwick. Replacements: S. Mackenzie J. Griffin, R. Reilly, G. Baird, A. Lyall.
G.H.A. – A. Brennan, D. Miller, R. Jerecivick, R. Findlay, A. Spowart, G. Scott, M. Clark, J. White, R. Firth, C. Braid, J. Lyons, F. Gowan, L. Manunga, F. Haig, T. Ritchie. Replacements: M. Ryan, D. Kellock.
Referee – Andrew Edgar (St Boswells).

1st XV (as at 19/9/2016)

‘A’ XV (as at 19/9/2016)

Played 5 Won 3 Lost 2 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 208. Pts conceded: 149.
Tries scored: 31. Tries conceded: 21.

Leading try scorers (after 5 matches):
9 - Darren Clapperton; 4 - Josh Welsh; 3 - Scott Hendrie, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Callum McEwan; 1- Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon.

Leading points scorers (after 5 matches):
61 – Josh Welsh (4 tries, 3 penalties, 16 conversions); 45 – Darren Clapperton (9 tries).

Most appearances (after 5 matches):
5 - Josh Welsh, Ciaran Whyte, Ross Nixon, Lewis MacLennan, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon, Kieran Cooney; 4 – Scott Hendrie, Craig MacDougall, Darren Clapperton, Aaron McColm, Callum McEwan, Ruairi Wilson; 3 - Jordan McGowan, Connor MacAulay, Cata Graur, Andrew Renwick, Michael Waldron; 2 – Scott McDonald.

Played 5 Won 0 Lost 5 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 49. Pts conceded: 164.
Tries scored: 6. Tries conceded: 23.

Leading try scorers (after 5 matches):
2 – Rory Banks; 1 - Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Strath Mackenzie.

Leading points scorers (after 5 matches):
25 - Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 3 conversions).

Most appearances (after 5 matches): 5 – Lewis Martin, Frazer Anderson, Gavin Ross, Ross Purves, Robert Cook, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick, Kieran Thomson, Finlay Amos, Jimmy Stephen, Dave Allan; 4 - Jamie Turnbull, Douglas Swinbanks, Robbie Reilly, Alan Lambie, Greg Baird; 3 - Callum McColm, Michael Waldron; 2 – Jy Griffin, Rory Hamilton, Scott McDonald, Phil Anderson.


Neil Davidson, of RDAS CrossFit, presents player Aaron McColm with one of the warm-up T-shirts his organisation is sponsoring for Selkirk’s 2016/2017 season. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

‘WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get going’, is an expression which dovetails perfectly with the aims of RDAS CrossFit, a core strength and conditioning programme incorporating circuit training, Olympic lifting, body weight exercises and high intensity work-outs as a means of honing and improving the fitness levels of men, women and children up and down the country.
The Selkirk arm of the RDAS CrossFit operation is organised, run and managed by Neil Davidson, a former Royal Marines Commando and trained bodyguard. His CrossFit gym is based at Unit 10, Riverside Mills, and part of his sponsorship deal with Selkirk Rugby Club allows players to train at the gym on Mondays and Wednesday, as well as receive discounts on a range of nutritional supplements products. This offer of discount is also extended to Selkirk Rugby Club members at a 10% discount on membership to the gym.
Neil, who holds an NFCE Diploma in Health, Exercise & Fitness and relevant qualifications in CrossFit, is also sponsoring the senior players’ travel tops, which are emblazoned with the official RDAS CrossFit logo.
Selkirk’s Development Officer, Kieran Cooney, is full of praise for the RDAS CrossFit initiative. “Neil delivers classes to the club’s School of Rugby programme, as well as running regular primary school fitness sessions,” said Kieran. “The CrossFit programme is extremely beneficial in terms of developing rugby fitness across all age ranges, and the club is very fortunate to be able to call on Neil’s considerable skills.”
Clearly this is one sponsorship deal that ‘fits’ the bill in terms of players’ development, and the club would like to thank Neil and the RDAS CrossFit team for such generous sponsorship.


Selkirk referees Scott Tomlinson (left) and Ronnie Dumma have both given their backing to the new SRU initiative. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

SCOTTISH Rugby has just issued a new directive to clubs entitled ‘Guidelines for Refereeing Domestic Rugby
Season 2016/17’, aimed at informing rugby clubs and players how the game is to be officiated during the 2016/17 season.
To reflect recent directives from World Rugby, Scottish referees will place particular emphasis this season on foul play, the scrum, the tackle area and the lineout-maul. Meanwhile Scottish Rugby believes respect for referees, and the difficult job they do, is of paramount importance to the game, and say that continual shouting by club officials during games (in respect of match officials) is ‘unacceptable’.
“It should be emphasised that public comments by club officials on match officials must not refer to, or infer, bias on the part of the match officials against the club. Any match official performance issues should be addressed to the HP referee manager in the first instance.”
The selkirkrfc.com web site put these points to two Selkirk rugby referees, Ronnie Dumma and Scott Tomlinson, prior to Saturday’s match against G.H.A. at Philiphaugh.
“Getting barracked by club officials or the crowd certainly isn’t helpful,” said Ronnie, “but the best course of action in the first instance is to address any problems at club level. If the issue remains unresolved, then the next step would be to take up the matter with the local referees association’s discipline officer, and after that with the SRU.”
Scott Tomlinson added: “I find that when you’re refereeing in front of a big crowd you never hear any comments coming from the touchline, but when it’s a very small crowd then that’s when you tend to hear comments that can be quite personal.
“As a referee you learn to deal with these comments, whether made by club officials or members of the crowd. However, in a lot of cases supporters will often try to discourage fellow spectators from going over the score with remarks to the referee, which is a very positive thing.”
Selkirk Rugby Club welcomes the new referee guidelines, and trusts its officials, members and supporters will show due respect and courtesy to all referees who officiate at Philiphaugh matches.


Pre-match lunches at the Philiphaugh Suite have become very popular for entertaining guests, friends, sponsors and rugby supporters.

Contact: Mick Craig 07810435846

Alternatively we offer a wide range of flexible options for business, social functions, fund-raising and sporting events for up to 150 guests.

Bookings - call Gibby Findlater 07900680469 or email - bookingssrfc@gmail.com

Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465



at Sunnyside (3pm kick-off)

at Burnbrae (3pm kick-off)




George McNeill & Doddie Weir

IN recent years Selkirk Rugby Club has hosted some glittering Sports Dinners, featuring such high-calibre speakers as Andy Irvine, Rob Wainwright, Rhona Martin, Gareth Edwards, Janet Jack, Dougie Donnelly and Andy Macdonald.
This high standard looks set to continue when the club stages its 2016 Sports Dinner in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, November 26, for the night’s two guest speakers enjoy legendary status on Scotland’s after-dinner circuit.
George McNeill, who hails from Tranent, is a former Scottish world professional sprint champion and the only man to have won both of the most famous professional footraces in the world – the New Year Sprint (1970) in Scotland and the Australian equivalent – the Stawell Gift (1981).
McNeill has also played professional football  for Hibernian, Greenock Morton and Stirling Albion, and is now acknowledged as one of the country’s most humorous and accomplished speakers with a fount of anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories.
The second guest speaker at November’s Sports Dinner is Doddie Weir, the former Melrose, Scotland and British Lions forward who nowadays is a regular television pundit and analyst at international rugby matches.
A member of the Melrose side that won six Scottish club championships, he moved to England in 1995 to join Newcastle Falcons and was in the club’s Premiership-winning side of 1997-98, making 97 club appearances in total. From 2002-2004 he turned out for the Border Reivers pro side, staying with the club until finally retiring from professional rugby.
Doddie was selected for the British & Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa in 1997, but on the tour suffered a serious knee injury as a result of foul play in the match against Mpumalanga Province. Doddie won 61 Scottish caps, scoring four tries. His final appearance for Scotland was in the Six Nations game against France at Murrayfield, on 4 March, 2000.
Dinner organiser John Rutherford (who will chair the event) told the selkirkrfc.com web site that the dinner was almost certain to be a sell-out. “It’s fantastic that George and Doddie are coming along to support the dinner, for as in past years the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for Selkirk Rugby Club – and of course have a fabulous evening being entertained by two hugely talented speakers!
“Ticket prices have still to be decided, but I hope Selkirk members and supporters will make a note in their diaries to keep November 26 free for what promises to be a truly memorable occasion. More details will be released very soon”


Selkirk High School vs Hawick - Well done to all players and coaches in last Friday's matches against Hawick. Wins for S1 and S2s and a loss for the U15's. The under-16s play on Wednesday (away).


The latest winners of the Rugby Club Development Draws are as follows -
July - Peter Field.
August - Dennis Henderson.
September - Margaret Lauder.
Congratulations to you all


THE Selkirk RFC Club Shop is open for every home 1st XV fixture and on Sundays at the Rhinos training sessions - 10am - 12noon. Club Shop manager Alison Cullen will also sometimes be available on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during the 1st XV’s training sessions, so if you would like something then, you should contact her on 07858399755. 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, mugs and much, much more to tempt. Alison looks forward to seeing you in the shop soon!




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Family Member- £110
OAPs/Students- £45
Junior Member- £10


Recent Results

10/09 Dundee 61 Selkirk 20 Report
10/09 Dundee Titans 58 Selkirk A 0 Report
03/09 Selkirk 47 M'burgh 10 Report
03/09 Selkirk ‘A’ 24, M'burgh 2nds 27 Report



SELKIRK’S international tickets convener Donald Macleod (pictured above) has announced that club members can now order their tickets for Scotland’s away matches in the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Championship. These are against France in Paris (Sunday, February 12) and against England at Twickenham (Saturday, March 11).
Meanwhile Scotland play three Six Nations home games this season - against Ireland (Sat., Feb. 4, 2.25pm kick-off), against Wales (Sat., Feb. 25, 2.25pm kick-off), and against Italy (Sat., March 18, 12.30pm kick-off).
Completed application forms for any (or for all) of the above fixtures should be sent - along with payment and a stamped addressed envelope - to Donald Macleod, Newhope, Ettrick, Selkirk TD7 5JD, or by e-mailing the completed form to him at dlmacleod@btinternet.com
The application forms can be accessed by following the links at the bottom of this article.

Download Autumn Test Form

Download 6 Nations Form

Download 6 Nations Away Games Form

Season Passes for 2016/17

Applications are being taken from SRU for season tickets for all of Scotland's Home International games 2016/2017. For more information and to download an application form, click this link.

The club receives a 15% return on each of these tickets.

Alteranatively, if you would like to buy individual tickets for matches involving either Scotland, Edinburgh or Glasgow Warriors, click on the appropriate link below.










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