Exciting News For Season 2018/2019
The breaking news at Philiphaugh last night was
the announcement of Club Captain for next season. The man in the hot seat is back row forward Ewan McDouglall who
has served his apprenticeship well to past captain Ross Nixon, who has done a first class job over the last three
Ewan will be backed by two vice-captains Darren Clapperton and Luke Petty whole will provide a wealth of experience
both having many seasons of first team rugby behind them and both having represented the South in recent years.
The other great news for the Club is the current coaching team of Graham Marshall and Michael Jaffrey are at the
helm for another season. The continuity will stand the Philiphaugh outfit well in what should prove to be a vital
season for the Club with the changing league structure starting the following season.
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