The British & Irish Lions have recognised the
contribution of all Lions by awarding ceremonial caps for the first time. As members of the 1888 Club, 419 living
and the next of kin of 416 deceased Lions are receiving a one-off, hand-stitched cap that bears the unique playing
number awarded only to players who have played competitively in the iconic jersey.
Cap 425 which belongs
to Ron Cowan
The first Lions Cap came in 1938, when Jack Waters
– who twice won the Border League with the club – went to South Africa in the last tour before the jerseys became
red, while Ronnie Cowan made the same trip in 1962. Ron was capped five times for Scotland in 1961-62
Aged just 20, Cowan was the youngest member of the squad that year and he played in the Fourth Test against the
Springboks in Bloemfontein. Cowan transferred to Leeds during the 1962–63 season, and scored 119-tries during
his rugby league career.
This week Selkirk, The South and Scotland's legendary
Stand-Off John Rutherford received his Cap, John is seen here pictured with is Lions Cap No 587. John toured with
the Lions in 1983 to New Zealand along with Selkirk team mate Iain Paxton John scored a try in the 15-8 defeat
in the third test at Carisbrook, Dunedin. John also played for the British Lions in 1986 in a match between the
Lions and the Rest of the World to mark the International Rugby Board Centenary. The Lions had been due to tour
South Africa in 1986 but due to political objections to the South African apartheid policies the tour was cancelled.
Full story on the Lions cap story
Selkirk P7 Rhinos head off to Kinloss this weekend.
On there end of season tour. Leaving early on Friday taking in RAF Lossiemouth, Ace Adventures on Saturday and
a Tournament on the Sunday. A extremely talented group of kids who have never been far away in Tournaments over
P7 rhinos are delighted and indebted
to various local business who have contributed in any way to help and support the Kinloss Tour
Selkirk Rotary Club. Down to Earth, Cameron’s the bakers, Selkirk Co-op, Selkirk Sainsbury’s, Bookers Cash and
Carry, Caddon Design, Border Buses, Guthrie Group, Durty Events , P7 Farmers, Selkirk Rfc , P7 Parents, Selkirk
Rhinos , And off course the people of Selkirk and Many more who have contributed in anyway to Support and Help
give the Boys and Girls a weekend to remember .
2018 Selkirk 7s
Final : Selkirk 12, Melrose 7
SELKIRK lit up the Borders Sevens circuit by winning
their own tournament at Philphaugh yesterday, with victory over last year’s winners, Melrose, in a tense final.
The result will not suddenly throw Selkirk into contention for the Kings of the 7s title but it gave the Philiphaugh
club the success that difficult circumstances have not made possible this season.
“It’s been a long season with bad weather, postponed matches and with fifteens games being played in the middle
of the sevens circuit, it’s been difficult,” explained coach Michael Jaffray. “We’ve not really been able to put
out a strong squad but today we had our strongest possible team.
“The boys performed really well and they just got better and better through the rounds. It was a tough final but
we’re really pleased at what we achieved. It’s what the sevens circuit needed. A different team winning is great
for the competition.
“This will lift us going into the off-season. It’s a real boost and great for the town today. I thought the final
was high quality – a great advert for the game.”
The implication of the Selkirk result means that the Kings of the 7s title will not be decided until next Saturday
in the final round at Jed-Forest. Watsonians could have wrapped up the title yesterday but their defeat by Melrose
in the semi-final denied the Myreside men an early coronation.
Watsonians, however, will go into the Jed Sevens well clear of challengers, Melrose, and need only get through
the first round to secure the title.
Selkirk looked likely winners from the start after impressive wins over Peebles and Kelso and secured their place
in the final with a 39-19 victory against Edinburgh Accies, with tries by Darren Clapperton, Clinton Wagman Aaron
McColm, Craig McDougall, Josh Welsh and Steve Hamilton (2). Accies scores coming from Callum Ramm (2) and Stuart
For their part, Melrose cruised through the lower part of the draw sweeping past Hamilton and then delivering a
similar blow to the Powerbombs. Then, in the last four, they faced Watsonians, who had defeated defeated Jed-Forest
in extra time before beating GHA.
Watsonians led 10-5 at the break through two tries by the impressive Charlie McKill to a Melrose touchdown by Ross
McCann. But tries in the second half by Struan Hutchison and Jason Baggott gave Melrose a 15-10 win.
Then in the final converted tries by Darren Clapperton for Selkirk and Craig Jackson for Melrose left the teams
tied at 7-7 going into the break, before a winning second half score by Selkirk’s wing Wagman sent the Philiphaugh
fans into euphoria.
Elsewhere Boroughmuir appeared to have defeated Hawick in the first round only for the result to be reversed after
it was spotted that they had used ‘rolling’ subs in contravention of rule 4. Hawick, fielding several under-18
players used their reprieve to challenge Edinburgh Accies but lost 15-19.
Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.