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Selkirk 1st XV to play Marr at Fullerton Estate in BT National 1 at Philiphaugh on Saturday, Oct. 22, kick-off 3pm (bus leaves 10..45am) – D. Clapperton, J. Wallace, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. Whyte, M. Davies, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: J. McGowan, M. Waldron, A. Renwick, S. McDonald, R. Banks.

Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Boroughmuir 3rds in BT Reserve League National 2 at Meggetland on Saturday, Oct. 22, kick-off 3pm (minibus leaves 12.45pm) – G. Ross, L. Martin, D. Allan, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, G. Craig, R. Legge, J. Stephen, C. MacAulay, K. Thomson, D. Nichol, J. Houston, R. Cook, F. Amos, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Purves, L. McGowan, S. Mackenzie R. Shiel, K. Gerrard, K. Monks.



Selkirk lock Peter Forrest finds a way past Stewart’s/Melville FP players James Ferguson and Sami Paulsson in Saturday’s BT National League 1 fixture at Philiphaugh.

Full-back Darren Clapperton manages to avoid a collision with team-mate Scott Hendrie as Stewart’s/Melville FP hooker Craig Willis bears down.

Skipper Ross Nixon pictured with Selkirk mascots Rory Tomlinson (left) and Harry Davison before Saturday’s fixture. Both youngsters attend Knowepark Primary School and both play for Selkirk Rhinos’ P3 team.



BOTTOM club Stewart’s/Melville FP proved anything but a pushover in a tense, error-strewn encounter at Philiphaugh on Saturday. In the end Selkirk did just enough to get over the line, but it was a close-run thing.
“Although we found ourselves behind early on, for the remainder of the half we dominated possession and territory, scoring two good tries,” Selkirk head coach Graham Marshall told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the match.
“It looked at this stage as though the momentum was very much in our favour, and that we would kick on in the second half. However, this wasn’t to be the case and in the final quarter we began to lose our shape. As a result the error count started to go up and they took full advantage to come right back into the game.
“That said, I thought the Selkirk boys managed to hold their composure in the final minutes of the contest, just as they had done up at Aberdeen, and we were able to secure the win.”
The last time home fly-half Ciaran Whyte played in this fixture he was wearing a Stewart’s/Melville jersey, but the new Philiphaugh recruit is clearly relishing his time at Selkirk, showing bags of commitment and panache as he orchestrated a series of penetrating attacks.
Equally influential on the day was openside flanker Matt Robertson (later named Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’), whose speed to the breakdown and instinctive support play kept Colleges’ big pack at full stretch. Another home forward to shine was lock Peter Forrest, now coming into his best form of the season, having clearly benefited from his rugby-playing stint in New Zealand.
Wing Josh Welsh was also in impressive form, full of running and energy, and sprinting over for a try to take his season’s points tally to 86, having successfully added two conversion kicks.
The potency of Selkirk’s back division was underlined by the fact this was the fourth fixture in a row in which all of the Souters’ tries were scored by threequarters – scrum-half Mikey Davies and wing Scott Hendrie following Welsh over the whitewash.
The visitors’ points came from tries by Samuel Ross and Jamie Hodgson, with half-backs Jack Calder and Mark Sinclair adding the conversions.
Late in the game Lwando Mabenge picked up a yellow card for an illegal tackle, a rare blot on the South African’s copybook in what is proving a solid campaign for the prop.

SELKIRK - D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, C. MacDougall, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. Whyte, M. Davies, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, P. Forrest, M. Gordon,  E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: C. MacAulay, M. Waldron, J. Houston, J. Wallace, F. Anderson.

STEWART’S/MELVILLE FP – S. Ross, S. Murchie, J. Hannay, S. Trotter, J. Ferguson, J. Calder, M. Sinclair, F. Hobbis, C. Willis, A. Wallace, A. Rappestad, J. Hodgson, D. Wood, S. Paulsson, J. Goldring. Replacements: P. Dixon, J. Grant, J. Sword, L. Scott, N. Bowie.

Referee – Dunx McClemont (SRU).


Selkirk ‘A’ number eight Harry Borthwick leads from the front in Saturday’s game against Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds at Philiphaugh, with Rory Hamilton ready to lend support.

Centre Ali Lyall cuts through the Stewart’s/Melville FP defence to set up yet another attack in Saturday’s hard-fought BT Reserve League National 2 encounter.

Hooker Finlay Amos was always in the thick of the action during Saturday’s match against Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds at Philiphaugh.



SELKIRK ‘A’s nail-biting win over a big, battling Stewart’s/Melville FP side at Philiphaugh on Saturday was as dramatic as it was welcome. The victory – the Souters’ first of the season, following seven straight losses – might not have lifted Selkirk off the foot of BT Reserve League National 2, but it has given the team’s confidence a massive boost.
“The boys put in huge efforts every Saturday against much bigger opposition, and I’m so chuffed they finally managed to nail that elusive win today,” said forwards coach Neil Darling after the match.
“The extra training session we held on Monday certainly paid off, and I thought the side’s focus and attitude today was outstanding. It’s now up to everyone in the squad to carry this momentum forward into the rest of our league fixtures.”
Apart from the home players’ determination never to throw in the towel – Selkirk didn’t take the lead until the 75th minute – one of the key reasons for the team’s triumph was the outstanding contributions of fly-half Gavin Craig (later named ‘Man of the Match’) and full-back Rory Banks, both of whom kept Selkirk on the front foot through a combination of clever line-breaks and astute positional kicking.
Despite losing centre Douglas Swinbanks with a broken arm on the half-hour mark, Selkirk had a ready-made replacement in Ali Lyall, who brought all his experience to bear in shoring up the midfield and protecting his side’s hard-won possession.
The power of the Colleges’ pack paved the way for the city side’s first two scores – a pushover try in the fifth minute for Ben Docherty and a score by Cammy Taylor from a rolling maul. Two penalties and a try from Banks – following Craig’s break and Swinbanks’ off-load – kept Selkirk in the hunt, but a runaway try from Andy Smith gave the city men a 19-11 interval lead.
Selkirk kept in touch thanks to an Ali Lyall touchdown, before a penalty try allowed Colleges back in the driving seat. Fine tries by Lewis Martin and Dave Allan were countered by a touchdown from visiting centre Dan Witko, making the score 31-30 in the visitors’ favour with five minutes left on the clock.
Two well-struck penalties by Rory Banks ultimately proved enough to see the Souters home and dry, bringing the curtain down on a highly competitive and entertaining contest.
Special mentions go to replacements Kerr Gerard, Ryan Shiell and Kieran Blair, all making their debuts for Selkirk ‘A’ on Saturday.
SELKIRK – R. Banks, L. Martin, D. Swinbanks, D. Allan, R. Hamilton, G. Craig, R. Legge, J. Stephen, F. Amos, R. Reilly, G. Baird, D. Nichol, R. Cook, J. Griffin, H. Borthwick. Replacements: S. McKenzie, K. Blair, A. Lyall, R. Shiel, K. Gerrard, K. Thomson.
STEWART’S/MELVILLE – A. Smith, C. Davidson, D. Witko, R. Stewart, J. Somerville, E. Bowen, R. Gilroy, C. Taylor, O. Williamson, C. McKay, W. McKay, G. Henderson, D. Devlin, D. Russell, B. Docherty. Replacements: S. Cubitt, D. Lean, J. Kulgolowski, A. Jess, E. Miller.

Referee – Paul Lindsay (Walkerburn).


‘Prost!’ Selkirk players Frazer Anderson, Rory Banks, Kieran Thomson and Sean Nixon are joined by supporter Scott Easson in the Philiphaugh Suite’s ‘Bierkeller’.

Grace Sanders and Joyce Oliver did a great job keeping the ‘bier’ flowing.

Enjoying the pre-match lunch are, from left: Conal McEwan, Bert Robertson, John Dickson, George Welsh and Billy Gentleman.

Head coach Graham Marshall and physio John Watt take time out for a post-match refreshment. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS & AUDREY CRAIG]

In charge of serving up the hog roast were former Selkirk president Mick Craig (left) and ex-player Roderick Ballantyne.

SELKIRK Rugby Club’s development officer Kieran Cooney was the toast of Philiphaugh on Saturday night, following a hugely successful ‘Oktoberfest’ fund-raiser. Players entered into the spirit of the occasion by donning ‘lederhosen’ and Tyrolean hats, while authentic German beers, lagers and foodstuffs were served in a specially created ‘Bierkeller’.
The whole event was the brainchild of Selkirk’s enterprising DO Kieran Cooney, who used the occasion to raise funds for youth development and to support the growth of Selkirk Rugby Club’s mini-rugby and youth rugby sections.
The award-winning Tempest Brewing Company of Tweedbank supplied the beers and lagers, with the Juicy Meat Company of Kelso providing the hog roast.
Special thanks go to all the local sponsors, who were kind enough to sponsor individual kegs of craft beer, lager and other items related to the ‘Oktoberfest’ celebrations.
“It turned out to be a fantastic night,” Selkirk club steward Les Mallin told the selkirkrfc.com web site, as the final strains of the ‘oompah band’ music faded into the background, “and full marks to Kieran for making it such an outstanding success.
“I’ve had lots of positive comments about how enjoyable the day proved, from people who attended the pre-match lunch to those individuals who stayed on until much later in the evening. Selkirk’s players always throw themselves heart and soul into functions like this, and just about everyone was kitted out in traditional German costumes.
“For me personally the highlight was seeing how well the Stewart’s/Melville players all joined in, with the boat race between the two clubs up on the benches getting the evening off to a flying start. All the helpers and volunteers did a great job, and a special thank-you goes to the handful of players who came down on Sunday morning to help tidy up the hall.”
As 1st XV skipper Ross Nixon so aptly summed up the day: “Nicht Sklave deiner Worte, sondern Herr deiner Taten sollst du sein.” [trans: ‘Don’t be the slave of your words, but the master of your actions’]. Nice one, Rosko!


Standing next to Bremerton’s pitch-side advertising board, Selkirk 1st XV player Josh Welsh (centre) is flanked by club chairman John Rutherford (left) and club president Rob Forrest, both of whom hold bottles of Bremerton Wines’ award-winning Selkirk Shiraz. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

THIS week Selkirk Rugby Club’s officials and players are drinking a special toast to Bremerton Wines of Australia, who have renewed their sponsorship deal with the club for the 2016/2017 season. Bremerton has been one of Selkirk’s jersey sponsors since 2005, underlining the close bond which has built up between the two organisations over the years.
Craig and Mignonne Willson purchased the Bremerton Lodge property in 1985, planting vines seven years later. Craig’s forebears originally came from Selkirk, so it is not surprising one of Bremerton’s most popular wines is its delicious ‘Selkirk Shiraz’ wine, produced at the firm’s Langhorne Creek estate, near Adelaide, and named in honour of the family’s Souter connections.
In recent years the couple’s daughters, Rebecca and Lucy, have focussed the family’s wine range on high quality and individualistic wines, not only giving Bremerton a strong foothold in the highly competitive wine market, but ensuring Bremerton is one of the best-known brands from South Australia’s Langhorne Creek wine region.
For the past 11 years Bremerton Wines has been awarded the James Halliday five-star rated winery, ranking the company in the top five per cent of all Australian wineries.
“We are very lucky to have loyal sponsors like Bremerton,” said Selkirk Rugby Club president Rob Forrest, “and the club owes the Willson family a huge debt of gratitude. Bremerton Wines have played a key role in the club’s recent successes, and long may our special partnership continue.”

1st XV (as at 17/10/2016)

‘A’ XV (as at 17/10/2016)

Played 9 Won 5 Lost 4 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 278. Pts conceded: 260.
Tries scored: 42. Tries conceded: 35.

Leading try scorers (after 9 matches): 12 - Darren Clapperton; 7 - Josh Welsh; 4 - Scott Hendrie; 3 - Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Matt Robertson, Callum McEwan; 1- Mikey Davies, Craig MacDougall, Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon.

Leading points scorers (after 9 matches): 86 – Josh Welsh (7 tries, 4 penalties, 22 conversions); 60 – Darren Clapperton (9 tries).

Most appearances (after 9 matches): 9 - Josh Welsh, Ross Nixon, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest, Kieran Cooney; 8 - Lewis MacLennan, Scott Hendrie, Craig MacDougall, Darren Clapperton, Ruairi Wilson; 7 – Ciaran Whyte, Sean Nixon; 5 - Michael Waldron, Scott McDonald, Jordan McGowan, Connor MacAulay, Cata Graur, Callum McEwan; 4 – Scott Tough, Aaron McColm; 3 –Andrew Renwick.

Played 8 Won 1 Lost 7 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 95. Pts conceded: 268.
Tries scored: 12. Tries conceded: 40.

Leading try scorers (after 8 matches): 3 – Rory Banks; 1 – Ali Lyall, Lewis Martin, Dave Allan, Frazer Anderson, Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick.

Leading points scorers (after 8 matches): 46 - Rory Banks (3 tries, 7 penalties, 5 conversions).

Most appearances (after 8 matches): 8 – Lewis Martin, Robert Cook, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick, Finlay Amos, Jimmy Stephen; 7 - Frazer Anderson, Gavin Ross, Greg Baird; 6 - Kieran Thomson, Dave Allan, Douglas Swinbanks, Robbie Reilly; 5 - Michael Waldron, Alan Lambie, Ross Purves, Jy Griffin, Rory Hamilton; 3 - Ryan Legge, Scott McDonald, Callum McColm, Jamie Turnbull; 2 – Jack Houston, Phil Anderson.


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 Fullerton Estate (3pm kick-off)

at Meggetland (3pm kick-off)




TO say things aren’t exactly going Selkirk hooker James Bett’s way at the moment would be something of an understatement.
His comeback appearance for the club against Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw lasted just 20 minutes, when he was forced to retire to the sidelines with a suspected fractured cheekbone.
Initial tests at Borders General Hospital suggested no bones had been broken, but a subsequent review of James’ X-rays by the maxillofacial surgical team at St John’s Hospital, in Livingston, showed that the 23-year-old player had in fact sustained separate fractures to his right eye socket and cheekbone.
“I’m a bit gutted to be honest,” James told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday, “as I wasn’t in any pain and thought I might be able to resume playing as early as this weekend. However, the St John’s specialists have spotted two fractures, and I’m lucky they can perform the necessary corrective surgery tomorrow [Tuesday, October 18].”
James suffered a fractured cheekbone on the left side of his face against Gala at Netherdale last season, but doesn’t seem too downhearted by this latest turn of events.
“It’s just one of those things,” said James, “and with a bit of luck I might be back playing around Christmas time. They’re going to insert a couple of metal plates, which is what they did the last time. I haven’t suffered any ill-effects since that previous surgery, so hopefully this week’s operation will also go according to plan.”
Here’s wishing James the very best of luck on Tuesday, and a successful and speedy recuperation.



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”


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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Recent Results

08/10 Aberdeen 32, Selkirk 36 Report
01/10 Selkirk 10, Edin Accies 31 Report
01/10 Selkirk A 5 , Edin Accies 2nds 63 Report
25/09 Falkirk 32, Selkirk 5 Report
25/09 West 2nds 10, Selkirk A 5 Report
17/09 Selkirk 55, G.H.A. 24 Report
17/09 Selkirk A 6, G.H.A.2nds 31 Report



SELKIRK’S international tickets convener Donald Macleod 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 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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