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1st XV to face Hamilton at Philiphaugh on Saturday, August 24, (3pm kick-off) – L. Merolla, L. Berte, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, J. Henry, C. Anderson, Aaron McColm, L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, J. Houston, D. Nichol, Andrew McColm, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall (capt.). Replacements – M. Francis, G. Robertson, R. Cook, H. McDonnell, M. Brass.

‘A’ XV to face Hamilton 2nds at Philiphaugh on Saturday, August 24, (3pm kick-off) – M. Rutter, K. Monks, J. Griffin, G. Nichol, N. Armstrong, S. Clark, M. Waldron, R. Purves, G. Forrest, P. Forrest, A. Renwick, A. Cairney, A. Davidson, L. Cassidy (capt.). Replacements – M. Aziz, L. Blair, M. Stanners, J. Bain.



Lock-forward Jack Houston carries ball for the Blue team. Centre Matty Brass makes the tackle.

Ewan MacDougall tries to escape the clutches of Andrew McColm, whose brother Aaron looks on.

Centre Ryan Cottrell breaks clear to score the first of his two tries for the White team.

Bruce Riddell grits his teeth and heads upfield from under his own posts.


SATURDAY’S pre-season trial match at Philiphaugh provided the perfect platform for Selkirk’s players to show the coaching team just what they had to offer. The three 20-minute sessions were officiated by SRU referee Jonny Perriam. With defences well on top, Donald Nichol’s try for the White team proved the only score in the first two periods – Aaron McColm converting for a 7-0 lead. The final session saw the Whites seal the result with tries from Ryan Cottrell (2) and Aaron McColm, who added two conversions. The Blues’ sole try came from Gary Robertson, converted by Scott Clark. Afterwards head coach Scott Wight told the selkirkrfc.com website that the trial had been a very useful exercise. “We’ve not done a lot of contact during the pre-season, so today’s contest was a good hit-out to see where everybody is, and to give me an idea of how players perform in a game day scenario.
“We tried to make the two teams as even as possible to make it a fair contest, and this was pretty much reflected in the nil-nil scoreline after the first 20-minute session. The Blue team unfortunately tired a wee bit at the end, conceding a couple of softer tries. We videoed all three of the sessions, so we’ll go away, analysis the footage and feed back the information to the players on Tuesday night.”
Several senior players were unavailable for the trial, including Andrew Renwick, Luke Pettie, Ross Nixon, Josh Welsh and Scott McClymont, but on the plus side this allowed the younger players a chance to show the coaches what they have to offer.
“In a way that was a bit of a bonus,” added Scott, “because it gave everyone a decent 60 minutes to run around and let us see what options and combinations are available to us as a coaching team.”
Fitness-wise, Scott believes there’s still a lot of hard work to be done. “But that comes with contact, and today showed we’ve not done a lot of contact. We’ve done a lot of straight lines, we’ve done a lot of conditioning games, but it’s all been on the feet, so as soon as you add in a contact aspect it becomes a lot harder.”



Director of rugby Ewen Robbie (back left) pictured with participants in Saturday’s RugbyForce skills clinic. Running the sessions were players Bruce Riddell, Donald Nichol and Andy Mackay.

Selkirk president Gus Boag (left) pictured with membership secretary John Rutherford.

Rhinos P6 coach Donald Francis and Rhinos head coach Colin Gilmour man the Selkirk Rhinos table, with P7 players Kier Thomson, Cameron Smith and Jamie Tuckwood.

Committee members George Welsh and Kenny Houston, along with president Gus Boag, collect hedge cuttings during Sunday’s clean-up.

Sponsorship convener Jim Harold carries out a spot of maintenance on the Philiphaugh Suite’s sliding doors.

Rhinos convener Karen Findlater and Vickie Macfarlane hard at work in the Philiphaugh kitchen.

1st XV forwards coach Neil Darling finds a very willing helper in young Sam Findlater.

Selkirk players take a well-earned break from sweeping out the club’s new changing rooms. From left: M. Francis, J. Houston (at back), S. Clark, B. Riddell, A. McColm, M. Brass, E. MacDougall, M. Mackay, A. Mackay, D. Nichol and R. Cook. [Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

THE Philiphaugh clubrooms were a hive of activity on Saturday and Sunday, as club officials, volunteers, members, players and supporters got behind the 2019 Royal Bank RugbyForce event - a grassroots initiative run by Royal Bank of Scotland in association with Scottish Rugby.
The programme is designed to help clubs attract and retain members, develop event facilities and make clubs more sustainable. Selkirk RFC was one of 18 Scottish clubs - from a total of 140 applicants - to receive a grant of £1,000 to help stage the event. A further 95 clubs received grants of £250.
“Everything went really well,” Selkirk president Gus Boag told the selkirkrfc.com website, “and it was great to see so many folk turning up at Philiphaugh on Saturday to see what the club has to offer and to get involved.
“On Sunday there was a good turn-out of players, committee men and supporters to give the clubrooms and ground a good clean-up prior to the new season. Our ground and property convener Gibby Findlater was very pleased with what was achieved on the day.
“A big thank-you goes to everyone involved, while our director of rugby Ewen Robbie deserves special praise for all the work he’s put in planning and co-ordinating the whole RBS RugbyForce weekend.”
Selkirk’s most capped international player, John Rutherford, was also on hand throughout Saturday in his role as the club’s membership secretary. “There was a real buzz about the place,” said John, “and our thanks go to RBS and Scottish Rugby for supporting us in this excellent community-based enterprise.”
Selkirk Rugby Club prides itself on being a club at the heart of its community, and the events of the past weekend will have gone a long way to underlining this claim.


LAST week's School of Rugby Summer Camp at Philiphaugh proved a big success. A total of 20 youngsters attended the P1-P6 morning session, while 22 P7-U16 players came along to take part in the afternoon programme. Pictured above with the P1-6 youngsters are SRFC director of rugby Ewen Robbie, along with coaches Rory Banks (SRFC youth development officer) and Selkirk player Matthew Mackay. [Photo – JOHN SMAIL]


Upcoming Fixtures / Events

Friendly Fixtures

24/8– Selkirk 1st XV v Hamilton 1st XV (3pm)

24/8 – Selkirk ‘A’ v Hamilton 2nds (3pm)

A full list of games for season 2019 / 2020 can be viewed on our 'Fixtures' page


 Rugby club golfers tee up marathon charity effort

SELKIRK RFC sevens convener David Nichol and player Matthew Mackay (pictured) will join forces with three other golfers at 6am this Sunday, August 25, to play four consecutive rounds at the Woll golf course in a bid to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
“It’s going to be quite a challenge,” David told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week. “However, it’s for a great cause and we’re looking forward to giving it our best shot – literally!” The other three golfers taking part are John Ritchie, Alistair Purves and Craig Thorburn.
“Each of us will be wearing special t-shirts, with the name of loved ones who have passed away as a result of cancer printed on the back, so if we start to feel a bit weary then this will help remind us of just why we’re playing the 72 holes.”
David (who plays off a handicap of 6) and Matthew (who plays off a handicap of 7) reckon they’ll walk almost 20 miles during the course of the day, and hope to finish the final round at about 8pm. The groups will play in three-ball and two-ball combinations.
“The Woll is kindly sponsoring our drinks and also lunch, while Lloyd Land Rover of Kelso has kindly agreed to sponsor everyone’s t-shirts. Already over £1,000 has been pledged in donations, so hopefully we’ll be able to add to this figure in the days ahead.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor David and Matthew can click on the link below to make a donation. Here’s wishing all five golfers the very best of luck on Sunday.

Cancer research golf challenge page



SELKIRK head coach Scott Wight (pictured) says it will be hard to split the players into 1st XV and ‘A’ XV selections after Saturday’s 60-minute trial run-out at Philiphaugh.
“I thought all the players fronted up really well on Saturday, and put in plenty of effort over all three of the sessions,” he told the selkirkrfc.com website.
“It comes down to who’s going to come back to Philiphaugh on Tuesday night, be prepared to put back-to-back shifts in and continue to work really hard at training.”
The exact format for this Saturday’s friendly matches against Hamilton 1sts & 2nds has still to be finalised (but will most likely to be two full 80-minute contests). What is certain, however, is that each game will kick off at 3pm.
It was originally hoped Selkirk ‘A’ could face the visitors’ 2nd XV on the main Philiphaugh pitch, followed by the home club’s 1st XV taking on their Hamilton counterparts (also on the main pitch).
However, this would have necessitated an early start for the Hamilton bus, and with some of the Bent Road club’s players having Saturday morning work commitments, it was agreed that both games will have a 3pm start time.
Selkirk membership secretary John Rutherford will be on hand throughout the afternoon if supporters wish to pay their annual subscriptions, and pick up their 2019/2020 SRFC membership cards.



SELKIRK RFC 200 Club secretary Alison Cullen has announced the names of the latest monthly £100 prize-winners as follows -

JUNE: Scott McDonald (no. 298)
JULY: Drew Richardson (no. 415)
AUGUST: Cameron & Sheila Cochrane (no. 338)

Alison tells the selkirkrfc.com website that there a still a number of 200 Club memberships available should anyone like to join up. For more information, please get in touch with Alison by e-mailing her at alicullen@hotmail.co.uk


THE new secretary of the Friends of Selkirk group, ex-president Rob Forrest, told the selkirkrfc.com website this week that this season’s Friends of Selkirk lunch will take place in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday, September 21.

This is the day Selkirk’s 1st XV take on Aberdeen Grammar, while the club’s ‘A’ XV will also be in action at Philiphaugh on that day (against Boroughmuir 2A in the Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1).

Aberdeen Grammar’s club chairman and director of rugby, Gordon Thomson, has agreed to deliver a short address in his capacity as the Tennent’s Premiership SRU representative. Accompanying him at the lunch will be Aberdeen Grammar’s president, Jim Rae.



A WARM welcome awaits boys and girls in P1-P7 at Philiphaugh on Sunday, August 25 - the day Selkirk Rugby Club’s Rhinos section holds its annual registration for players.

Registration will take place between 9.45-10.30am, with a fun training session being held for the youngsters between 10.30-11.30am.

On hand to give a special talk and presentation will be the Rhinos’ new head coach Colin Gilmour, so please make sure you don’t miss what should be a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable day.


Recent Results

A full list of results and reports for all games played this season and the past 18 seasons can be accessed by clicking on the 'Results' link above.

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