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Selkirk 1st XV to play Edin. Accies in BT National 1 at Philiphaugh on Saturday, Oct. 1, kick-off 3pm (meet 1.30pm) – D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, M. Davies, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, J. McGowan, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: C. Graur, C. MacAulay, S. McDonald, J. Wallace, D. Allan.

Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Edin. Accies 2nds in BT Reserve League National 2 at Philiphaugh on Saturday, Oct. 1, kick-off 3pm (meet 1.45pm) – G. Ross, J. Griffin, A. Lyall, L. Martin, F. Anderson, R. Hamilton, R. Legge, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, A. Lambie, G. Baird, R. Cook, J. Houston, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Shiel, G. Craig, R. Reilly, D. Nichol, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez,



Grin and bear it – Selkirk utility back Callum McEwan has no option but to take things easy, as he relaxes at his home on Monday morning. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

SELKIRK’S talented threequarter Callum McEwan became the third scrum-half at the club to succumb to injury this season, after breaking his thumb in the 1st XV’s pre-match warm-up at Falkirk on Saturday. He now joins fellow No. 9s Scott Tough and Aaron McColm on the injured list.
“It’s really frustrating, to be honest,” the 21-year-old told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week. “It happened when we were using the tackle shields, and ironically it was Mikey Davies [Selkirk’s reserve scrum-half on Saturday] who was holding the bag at the time. As I hit the bag my arm must have swung around and connected with Mikey’s knee, forcing my thumb back.
“At first I thought it was just badly staved, as this has happened before. Usually there’s a little bit of swelling, but nothing to worry about. However, a couple of minutes into the match I realised the injury was more serious than I’d first thought, so the only realistic option was to leave the field and let Mikey come on.”
Callum, who graduated from Edinburgh University in the summer with an honours degree in sport and recreation management, has been told he’ll be out of rugby for at least the next six weeks. Much will depend on how well the fracture heals, and a further assessment of his thumb will be made within the next fortnight or so.
“The most annoying thing is that the injury is to my right hand, as that’s the one I use for writing, but I guess I’ll have to learn to adapt and just get on with it!” As yet his plaster cast is still a pristine white, but the autographs from team-mates are likely to come thick and fast the next time he takes a wander down to the club…
Everyone at Philiphaugh wishes Callum a speedy recovery, and with a bit of luck it won’t be too long before the pacy utility threequarter is back out on the pitch making his usual exhilarating contribution to Selkirk’s BT National League Division 1 campaign.



FALKIRK’S ground ‘Sunnyside’ proved anything but for Selkirk on Saturday, with the Souters suffering the darkest day of their BT National 1 campaign to date.
The writing was on the wall for the visitors even before a ball had been kicked, when scrum-half Callum McEwan fractured his thumb during the team’s warm-up. Callum did take the field for the first five minutes of the match, but when the extent of his injury became apparent he was replaced at scrum-half by the returning Mikey Davies (one of the day’s few positives for the Philiphaugh side).
McEwan wasn't the only injury Selkirk had to contend with. Number eight Sean Nixon was forced to the sidelines with an ankle injury after landing awkwardly at a line-out, while openside flanker Matt Robertson required three stitches in a head wound.
It was a tough, physical game which saw the big Falkirk forwards gradually dominate, with Selkirk’s exciting back three finding themselves isolated from proceedings.
“With the injuries we suffered today, we simply couldn’t cope with the pressure Falkirk were putting us under,” Selkirk team manager Tom Ramage said after the match.
“On top of that we had a red card 20 minutes into the game which made it even more difficult, leaving us to see out the final hour of the match with 14 men.
“When you suffer three serious injuries like we did, plus the card, you just have to accept it wasn’t going to be our day.”
Vice-skipper Ewan MacDougall was red-carded 20 minutes into the game for alleged foul play – a development that had a massive effect on the Souters, who up until that point had been ahead in the contest and looked up to dealing with anything the home team could throw at them.
Selkirk still managed to go into the interval 5-3 ahead thanks to a cracking try by winger Josh Welsh. The score stemmed from some impressive build-up play by backs and forwards, which all started from inside Selkirk’s 22 and had the away supporters raising the roof.
Prop Lwando Mabenge turned in yet another strong performance in the game, while a special mention goes to Mikey Davies, who fortuitously had returned to help the club in their hour of need, having taken a break from the game.
SELKIRK: D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, C. McEwan, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, J. McGowan, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Davies, P. Forrest, C. Graur, D. Allan, C. MacAulay.


Jack Houston gets ready to challenge for line-out possession in Saturday’s reserve league game against West of Scotland 2nds at Burnbrae. [Out of-focus photo: JOHN SMAIL]


ANOTHER battling performance by Selkirk ‘A’s young players just failed to earn them victory over West of Scotland 2nds at rain-soaked Burnbrae on Saturday.
It leaves the Souters still without a win in BT Reserve League National 2, but Selkirk’s coaches will have taken heart from the improvements in all aspects of the Philiphaugh team’s game.
Despite the tricky conditions Selkirk attacked with flair and determination, with centres Douglas Swinbanks and Ali Lyall always in the thick of the action, and the tireless Scott McDonald having an outstanding match at openside flanker..
No-one epitomised the Souters’ resolve better than teenage fly-half Rory Hamilton in his first game in the No. 10 jersey. However, all credit goes to West’s players for their rock-solid defence throughout the 80 minutes. On several occasions it looked as though the visitors would cross their opponents’ try line, only for a desperate, last-ditch tackle to deny the ball carrier.
The home side went ahead through a try by Mark Sim, after the fly-half cleverly dummied his way past the Selkirk cover. The Souters did well not to concede any more points facing the gusting wind, leaving West 5-0 ahead at the interval.
Early in the second half Selkirk levelled the scores thanks to a pushover try by number eight Harry Borthwick. The visitors’ scrum had been given a big boost by debutant prop Andrei Hurez, while the return of lock Jack Houston tightened up line-out play.
An overlap try by Florian Jacquot regained the lead for West, and despite Selkirk throwing everything bar the kitchen sink at the home try line in the closing minutes, the Burnbrae men weathered the storm to take the points.
A special mention going to Ryan Legge, who performed well at scrum-half in his first game of the season for Selkirk ‘A’.
SELKIRK - G. Ross, J. Griffin, D. Swinbanks, A. Lyall, L. Martin, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, J. Houston, G. Baird, R. Cook, S. McDonald, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Legge, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez, N. Darling.
Referee – G. Fisher (Cambuslang).


Golf coach Frank Scott relaxes beside the Philiphaugh pitch after a recent rugby analysis session. INSET – Nathan Fowles prepares to kick for goal, watched by Frank Scott and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. [Main photo: JOHN SMAIL]

USING his base at the Synton Mains Golf Driving Range near Ashkirk, respected golf coach Frank Scott has been using his state-of-the-art videoing techniques to help Edinburgh pro. rugby scrum-halves Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Sean Kennedy and Nathan Fowles (one of Selkirk’s allocated pro players last season) to improve and refine their ball-delivery service and kicking technique.
“Professional sport, and in particular professional rugby, is all about identifying, and working to improve, the small margins of a player’s game which can ultimately have a huge payback in terms of his overall level of performance,” Frank told the selkirkrfc.com web site.
“Using the latest video techniques, Derek Paterson and myself have been working with these pro. players to highlight areas of their game which could benefit from changes in approach and execution – in other words using a technology-based approach to throw fresh light on ways to achieve optimum performance.”
This is the second year Frank and Derek have been working with the Edinburgh Rugby organisation, and to date the results of their efforts have all been extremely positive. “The players have all been prepared to ‘think out of the box’,” added Frank, “and have fully taken on board exactly what such detailed video analysis can achieve in terms of taking their game to the next level. It’s exciting work, and something which I’m certain is only going to grow in importance in the years ahead.”

1st XV (as at 26/9/2016)

‘A’ XV (as at 26/9/2016)

Played 6 Won 3 Lost 3 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 213. Pts conceded: 182.
Tries scored: 32. Tries conceded: 25.

Leading try scorers (after 6 matches): 9 - Darren Clapperton; 5 - Josh Welsh; 3 - Scott Hendrie, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Callum McEwan; 1- Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon.

Leading points scorers (after 6 matches): 66 – Josh Welsh (5 tries, 3 penalties, 16 conversions); 45 – Darren Clapperton (9 tries).

Most appearances (after 6 matches): 6 - Josh Welsh, Ciaran Whyte, Ross Nixon, Lewis MacLennan, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon, Kieran Cooney; 5 – Ciaran Whyte, Scott Hendrie, Craig MacDougall, Darren Clapperton, Callum McEwan, Ruairi Wilson; 4 - Aaron McColm, Jordan McGowan, Connor MacAulay, Cata Graur,; 3 – Andrew Renwick, Michael Waldron, Scott McDonald.

Played 6 Won 0 Lost 6 Drawn 0

Pts scored: 54. Pts conceded: 174.
Tries scored: 7. Tries conceded: 25.

Leading try scorers (after 6 matches): 2 – Rory Banks; 1 - Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick.

Leading points scorers (after 6 matches): 25 - Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 3 conversions).

Most appearances (after 6 matches): 6 – Lewis Martin, Frazer Anderson, Gavin Ross, Robert Cook, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick, Finlay Amos, Jimmy Stephen; 5 - Ross Purves, Kieran Thomson, Dave Allan, Douglas Swinbanks, Greg Baird; 4 - Alan Lambie, Robbie Reilly, Jamie Turnbull, Michael Waldron; 3 - Jy Griffin, Rory Hamilton, Scott McDonald, Callum McColm, 2 – 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 Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)

at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)





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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Non-Playing Member- £85
Family Member- £110
OAPs/Students- £45
Junior Member- £10


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17/09 Selkirk 55, G.H.A. 24 Report
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SELKIRK’S international tickets convener Donald Macleod (pictured above) 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 Autumn Test Form

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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