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A total of 20 Selkirk players headed to Philiphaugh on Saturday morning for an additional training session, which was taken by coaches Graham Marshall and Michael Jaffray. Pictured above are, from left – Connor McAulay, Sean Nixon, Scott Tough, Josh Welsh, Kieran Cooney, Matt Robertson, Dave Allan, Ross Nixon, Jamie Turnbull, Jordan McGowan, Max Gordon and Kieran Thomson. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


Outgoing Selkirk RFC president Elliot Henderson (left) wishes his successor Rob Forrest the best of luck in his new role. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

FOLLOWING the disappointment of season 2015/2016, which saw Selkirk relegated from the BT Premiership, the club’s new president, Rob Forrest, says he’s confident the current squad of players will return to winning ways “and put a smile back on everybody’s faces”.
Mr Forrest was speaking at last Thursday’s AGM, held in the Philiphaugh Suite, after taking over the reins from outgoing Selkirk president Elliot Henderson. “As has been previously mentioned, last season was a hard one for the club as a whole, and our goal for the coming season is to get more fun back into the club,” said Mr Forrest.
“John Rutherford works tirelessly on many fronts for our club, but his most important task over the past few months has been getting our new coaching team together in his role as director of rugby. He has also had his work cut out to retain players for the new season, and I’m sure you’ll agree John has done a first-class job in this respect.”
Before relinquishing the presidency, Mr Henderson told the meeting: “We started the season full of heart and enthusiasm, but unfortunately the sheer physicality of Premiership rugby didn’t take long to raise its head. We had a stack of injuries, and unfortunately many were not quick fixes.”
He paid tribute to former director of rugby Cameron Cochrane who “did a great job in difficult circumstances”, and praised the efforts of the Selkirk players: “At no time did they throw in the towel, no matter what the score, giving their all right to the last minute.
“One good thing that has come out of this year is our fantastic new changing rooms, which will make our club one of the very best equipped in the UK.”
In conclusion he thanked Rob Forrest for his support as vice-president, club secretary Ian Walker and the management team for all their efforts - especially John Rutherford for his tireless work. He also thanked all the other club office-bearers and volunteers, sponsors and gatemen, making special mention of the tea ladies’ success in raising £1700 for club funds.
The club’s annual accounts were presented by finance convener George Thomson. He told members the past 12 months had proved particularly difficult, only resulting in a small surplus thanks to a significant drop in income from the previous year.
He paid tribute to treasurer Bruce Armstrong for the huge amount of time and effort he put into the financial side of the club, keeping the management committee bang up to date with monthly reports and maintain tight control of budgets.
Club steward Les Mallin and his staff were thanked for all their hard work throughout the year, with club shop manager Alison Cullen praised for her commitment and conscientiousness.
The meeting agreed to keep club subscriptions at the same level, these having been increased the previous year. The rates are: Players, £77; non-playing members, £85; family £110; senior citizens, £49; juniors & Rhinos, £10.
Two new members were elected to the committee – Euan Hastie and David Nichol – while tribute was paid to the great service given to the club over the years by ex-president Norman Douglas, who is stepping down from the committee because of pressure of work.
New office-bearers were elected as follows: President, Rob Forrest; senior vice-president, Benny Rafferty; junior vice-president, Colin Anderson; chairman, John Rutherford.
Secretary, Ian Walker; treasurer, Bruce Armstrong; fixtures/match secretary, Mary Inglis; membership secretary, Gilbert Findlater; Development club, Alison Cullen; International tickets, Donald Macleod. Development Officer - Kieran Cooney
1st XV captain, Ross Nixon; vice-captain, Ewan MacDougall; 1st XV head coach, Graham Marshall; assistant coaches, Michael Jaffray & Fraser Jack; team manager, Tom Ramage. ‘A’ XV head coach, Brian Cassidy; forwards coach, Neil Darling; backs coach, Jason Hendrie; team manager, John Smail.
Conveners – Sponsorship, Ian Walker; property, Euan Hastie; ground, Andy White; finance, George Thomson; director of rugby, John Rutherford; sevens, John Rutherford; hospitality, Mick Craig & Elliot Henderson.
Club steward, Les Mallin; club doctor, Jeff Cullen; physiotherapists, Ryan Crockatt & John Watt; club shop manager, Alison Cullen; Friends of Selkirk, George Thomson, development club, Alison Cullen; groundsman, Brian Cassidy; child protection officer, Colin Anderson.
Committee – R. Forrest, B. Rafferty, E. Henderson, M. Craig, J. Rutherford, E. Forster, I. Walker, B. Armstrong , D. Henderson, W. Bryson, G. Thomson , M. Inglis, W. Jackson, D. Rodgerson, A. Pearce, A. Boag, B. Duffy, N. Bihel, J. Hume, E. Hastie, D. Nichol, G. Findlater, D. Macleod, A. White, C. Anderson.


TOP – The boys who took part in last week’s ‘School of Sevens’ Rugby Camp pictured at the High School playing fields with mentors Robbie Chalmers (front left), Scott Wight and Mark Robertson. BELOW – Mark Robertson (left picture) and Scott Wight (right picture) keep the boys on their toes. [Photos – JOHN SMAIL]

EVEN thunderstorms and violent downpours couldn’t prevent last Wednesday’s ‘School of Sevens’ Rugby Camp from taking place in Selkirk, although the adverse weather conditions did mean the event eventually had to be transferred from Philiphaugh to Selkirk High School.
The camp – catering for 11-15 year old boys – is one of several being run by former Melrose players Mark Robertson and Scott Wight, both Scotland sevens team regulars. Mark has the added honour of being selected for Great Britain’s sevens squad for next month’s Rio Olympics. Last week the duo were assisted by another ex-Greenyards player, Robbie Chalmers, now on the books of Edinburgh Accies.
A total of 36 youngsters attended the Selkirk camp, with participants coming from as far away as Middlesbrough and Berwick. “We split the boys up into smaller groups and worked with them on a wide range of sevens skills,” Scott Wight told the selkirkrfc.com web site. “Speed, agility and quick decision-making were all in the mix, as well as game strategy, fitness and handling. The day went really well, and the boys responded positively to what we were trying to put across.”
Selkirk Rugby Club’s development officer, Kieran Cooney, was equally happy at the way things had gone. “I was particularly pleased Selkirk players Andy Brown and Robin Lowthian won awards for 'best players' in their age groups, and it was great to see so many Selkirk players involved.
“The camp offered a great development opportunity right on the players’ doorstep, and already plans are in the pipeline for next year’s event. My thanks go to Selkirk High School for accommodating the change of venue because of the poor weather conditions, and well done to all the Selkirk players who attended


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.

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SATURDAY, August 6th
The draw –
Gala v St Boswells
Jed-Forest v Melrose
Kelso v Earlston
Peebles v Lasswade
Biggar v Powerbombs
Edin Accies v Presidents VII
SELKIRK v Watsonians
Berwick v Hawick

Bookers Border League
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)



ANOTHER new face turned up at training last week, that of Greg Baird (pictured above), a former Melrose Wasps player who is keen to resurrect his rugby career with Selkirk.
The 20-year-old back row forward has been away from the game for the past two years, but is now looking forward to getting back into the mix. “This season my stepbrother Harry Borthwick has moved up from Selkirk Youth Club to play at Philiphaugh, so it seemed like a good time to hunt out my boots again!” Greg told the selkirkrfc.com web site last week.
“In fact I know most of the young guys at Selkirk, people like Alan Rutter and Frazer Anderson, and judging by how welcoming everyone has been at my first training session I’m sure I’m going to enjoy my time at Philiphaugh.”
Greg is two years into a plumbing apprenticeship with Hawick-based company John Rae Ltd, and lives in Galashiels. Here’s wishing him an enjoyable and successful time with Selkirk Rugby Club.


IF there was a prize for Selkirk’s furthest travelled player, then teenager Alexander Beveridge (pictured above) would win the award hands-down. The 18-year-old has returned from Qatar for a short holiday in his home town, and over the past fortnight has been a regular at the club’s pre-season training sessions.
Alexander’s father, John Beveridge (a fire-fighter to trade as well as being a former Royal Burgh Standard Bearer) moved with his family to Qatar two years ago to take up the post of emergency response driving instructor at the Raslaffan Emergency & Safety College. The family home is in Doha.
Alexander is in his final year at Park House English School, where his mother Karen works. “We’re all really enjoying our time in Qatar, and there is a huge ex-pat community out there which is obviously a big help.
“I play rugby for Doha Rugby Club, and tend to alternate between scrum-half and fly-half. The heat definitely takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s good experiencing a completely different way of life and meeting so many people from different countries and cultures.”
Alexander returns to Qatar at the end of August, and judging by how hard he’s been training in recent weeks he’ll be going back in tip-top physical condition!


SELKIRK Rugby Club is hosting a UKCC Level 2 coaching course for youth and adult rugby at Philiphaugh later this month. The dates are: Sunday 24th July (9am-5pm), Sunday 31st July (9am-5pm), and Sunday 7th August (9am-5pm). If anyone at the club is interested, please click the link below to sign up, or e-mail Selkirk RFC development officer Kieran Cooney at kieran_cooney@yahoo.co.uk for more details. The link is here
The Level 2 course acts as an entry qualification for coaches currently coaching youth or adult rugby, and will also include content on refereeing the 15-a-side game. Through your work you will be better able to develop core technical and tactical skills and core values in your players in an active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe environment. This course is organised by approved coaching centres and delivered by Scottish Rugby-accredited coach mentors. It will last approximately 34 hours (24 hours on course, 10 hours home study) and coaches must attend all three sessions to receive the final qualification

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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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2016/2017 FIXTURES

FIXTURES 2016/2017

Sat. 13th – v. Gala (BL) (H)
Sat. 20th – 1st XV & ‘A’ XV team-building day at Redford Barracks (2pm assault course, 6pm barbecue)
Sat. 27th – v. Howe of Fife (Cup) (H)
Sat. 3rd - v. Musselburgh (NL1) (H)
Sat. 10th - v. Dundee HSFP (NL1) (A)
Sat. 17th – v. GHA (NL1) (H)
Sat. 24th – v. Falkirk (NL1) (A)
Sat. 1st – v. Edinburgh Academicals (NL1) (H)
Sat. 8th – v. v. Aberdeen Grammar (NL1) (A)
Sat. 15th – v. Stewart’s Melville (NL1) (H)
Sat. 22nd – v. Marr (NL1) (A)
Sat. 29th – v. Howe of Fife (NL1) (H)
Sat. 5th – Jed-Forest (NL1) (H)
Fri. 25th – v. Hawick (BL) (A)
Sat. 3rd – v. Hamilton (NL1) (A)
Sat. 10th – v. Musselburgh (NL1) (A)
Sat. 17th – v. Dundee HSFP (NL1) (H)
Sat. 7th – v. GHA (NL1) (A)
Sat. 14th – v. Falkirk (NL1) (H)
Sat. 21st – v. Edinburgh Academicals (NL1) (A)
Sat. 18th – v. Stewart’s Melville (NL1) (A)
Sat. 4th – v. Marr (NL1) (H)
Sat 11th – v. Howe of Fife (NL1) (A)
Sat. 25th – v. Jed-Forest (NL1) (A)
Sat. 1st – v. Hamilton (NL1) (H)

Stand by dates

12 & 26 November 2016
8, 15, 22 & 29 April 2017
6, 13 & 20 May 2017

FIXTURES 2016/2017

Wed. 17th – v. Kelso 2nds (friendly) (H) [7.30pm kick-off]
Sat. 20 th – 1st XV & ‘A’ XV team-building day at Redford Barracks (2pm assault course, 6pm barbecue)
Sat. 27th – v. Hawick ‘Quins (friendly) (H)
Sat. 3rd - v. Musselburgh 2XV (RL2) (H)
Sat. 10th - v. Dundee Titans (RL2) (A)
Sat. 17th – v. GHA 2XV (RL2) (H)
Sat. 24th – v. West of Scotland 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 1st – v. Edinburgh Academicals 2XV (RL2) (H)
Sat. 15th – v. Stewart’s Melville 2XV (RL2) (H)
Sat. 22nd – v. Boroughmuir 3XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 29th – v. Aberdeenshire 2XV (RL2) (H)
Sat. 5th - Stirling County 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 10th – v. Musselburgh 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 17th – v. Dundee Titans(RL2) (H)
Sat. 7th – v. GHA 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 14th – v. West of Scotland 2XV (RL2) (H)
Sat. 21st – v. Edinburgh Academicals 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 18th – v. Stewart’s Melville 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 4th – v. Boroughmuir 3XV (RL2) (H)
Sat 11th – v. Aberdeenshire 2XV (RL2) (A)
Sat. 25th – v. Stirling County 2XV (RL2) (H)

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8 October
12, 19 & 26 November
3 December
28 January
11 February
1, 15, 22 & 29 April
6, 13 & 20 May










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