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RARING TO GO. Head coach Scott Wight (left, back row) takes his place alongside Selkirk coaches and players for a photo call following last Thursday’s training session at Philiphaugh. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

THE official start of Selkirk’s Tennent’s Premiership campaign might still be over two months away, but new head coach Scott Wight has already had the club’s players hard at training for the past fortnight - and has been delighted by the response.

“I’ve asked for commitment, whether that’s on the field when boys come and train or whether that’s phoning to let me know they can’t make training,” said the former Scotland sevens captain. “I’ve been out of rugby for the last 18 months, but I watch a lot of rugby and I’m competitive – I’m still probably the most competitive one training at the moment! That’s me, I’m a winner, and that’s what I’m trying to establish here, a winning culture.”

The 33-year-old can certainly back this up, having already achieved a string of successes in club rugby. During his playing days with Melrose, Wight captained the Greenyards team to an impressive haul of Premier 1, Border League and Melrose Sevens titles, as well as turning out for Scotland’s Club XV.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work under some great coaches, so I daresay I’ve cherry-picked the bits that I liked as a player. I’m trying to bring high energy and high tempo, and play a nice brand of rugby, albeit sometimes you can’t in Scottish weather.

“We called a meeting with players a couple of weeks ago to set the stall out and talk about what standards are expected. There was a good turn-out of 31 players, but 16 others messaged to let me know they couldn’t make it. Those are good numbers, so that was a really pleasing start.

“I’ve now sat down with 42 players on a one-to-one basis to get to know them individually, to learn a little bit about their background, what positions they play in, what went well last season and what areas we can improve on. To date the response has been brilliant – not just from players, but from the club’s committee members and people behind the scenes as well.”

As well as the players’ positive attitude, Wight has been impressed by the facilities he’s found at Philiphaugh. “Having been involved in the professional set-up for the last six or seven years, I haven’t really been across at Selkirk at all. I hadn’t realised just how good the set-up here is. The new changing rooms are great, as is the aerobic suite out the front. This is a proper stretching area for the guys, so come Saturday morning before games it will be an area we’ll make good use of.”

Selkirk’s season begins at Peebles Sevens on August 3, followed by Hawick Sevens on August 10. The following Saturday the players will take part in some abbreviated ‘match’ sessions at Philiphaugh that will feature combined 1st XV and ‘A’ XV line-ups in opposition. Selkirk’s two teams will then take on Hamilton at Philiphaugh in a double-header on August 24 - the ‘A’ XV’s game taking place first, followed by the 1st XV match.

“This will hopefully get supporters down early in the season to see what we’re trying to achieve,” added Wight, “then the following weekend [August 31] we go down to Kelso for a Border League fixture.” Selkirk’s first Premiership match is at home against Glasgow Hawks on September 7.

A project manager with Galashiels-based Fjordhus Construction, Scott Wight is certainly laying down solid foundations at Philiphaugh. It’s now up to Selkirk’s players to show they’re ready to build a bright future for the club in the new-look Tennent’s Premiership.



ONE MAN WENT TO MOW . . . Selkirk groundsman Brian Cassidy on the club’s new Jacobsen machine. [Photo – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

KEEPING Selkirk’s main pitch at Philiphaugh in pristine condition just got a whole lot more manageable, thanks to the generous assistance of the town’s Common Good Fund.

With the club’s old Countax mower on its last legs, an official request was made by the club to Selkirk Common Fund for financial support to help purchase a bigger, reconditioned mower. The club’s plea proved successful, and as a result Selkirk Rugby Club is now the proud owner of a Jacobsen rotary mower.

“It’s going to make a huge difference,” groundsman Brian Cassidy told the selkirkfc.com website this week. “For a start it has a wider cutter width, it’s faster across the ground and mulches the grass to a much finer consistency than the old machine.

“I reckon in the right conditions I’ll be able to cut the main playing area twice as quickly as I did in the past. It’s also cleaner and more efficient, and because it’s also got a cab I can also use it in wet weather. It’s definitely a workhorse, which is just what you need given all the bankings and other grassy areas that need trimmed around the ground.”

Selkirk secretary Rob Harkness said the club was very grateful the Common Good Fund had so readily agreed to part-fund the Jacobsen’s purchase. “The club wishes to put on record its gratitude to the Selkirk Common Good Fund Committee for its support of Selkirk RFC, and for approving the funds to help us purchase a new grass cutter,” said Mr Harkness. “This gesture is very much appreciated by everyone at Philiphaugh, and will help us maintain the pitch and surrounding areas to the required standard.”



THE WAY WE WERE. Ciaran Beattie (on right) relaxes with other Scotland sevens players - including Olympic silver medallist Mark Robertson (on left) - during an IRB tournament in Los Angeles.

FORMER Selkirk player Ciaran Beattie spent the 2006/07 season representing Scotland on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit. Now the ex-Border Reivers and Edinburgh Rugby threequarter is returning to the IRB’s global sevens circuit - only this time as the new head coach of Scotland’s sevens side.

This latest appointment means the 33-year-old Souter has had to stand down as head coach of the Heriot’s FP Super6 squad, but is full of praise for the way the Goldenacre club reacted when he informed them he’d be taking up the Scotland post. “Heriot’s have been really supportive,” Ciaran told the selkirkrfc.com website on Sunday, “and I can’t thank them enough for their understanding.”

“The Scotland appointment is a dream job, and represents a completely fresh start for me. I take up the post in early August, and the new international sevens season gets under way in Dubai at the end of November, with the next tournament in South Africa. I know most of the players I’m going to be working with, and can’t wait to get down to preparing the team.”

Over the years Ciaran has made no secret of his love for sevens. Despite being a member of the Scotland 7s squad at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, he says his proudest sevens moment came when lifting the Selkirk Sevens title in 2011 as a member of the home side. “Everything went right for us that day,” said Ciaran, “and our victory over Melrose in the final was something I’ll never forget. The painting Rob Hain did of that final still has pride of place on my wall at home!”



LEFT – Bride Lauren Henderson is flanked by bridesmaids Kerrie Johnston and Hannah McKinnon. CENTRE – Play time under the Philiphaugh posts for Jason, Lauren and Charlie. RIGHT – Groom Jason Hendrie with best men Adam Hendrie and Ciaran Beattie. [Photos – ABRIGHTSIDE PHOTOGRAPHY, Fort William]

WELL used to dealing with match day pressure, former Selkirk player and coach Jason Hendrie had no such worries last Friday when he tied the knot with Lauren Henderson in front of family and friends at Bowhill House.
The duties of best man were shared between Jason’s son Adam and ex-Selkirk team-mate Ciaran Beattie, while bridesmaids were Kerrie Johnston and Hannah McKinnon. Flower girl was Jason’s daughter Sophie, while ushering duties were carried out by Jason’s brothers Scott and Steven.
After the marriage ceremony at Bowhill, the newly married couple held their wedding reception in Selkirk’s Victoria Hall. Selkirk Rugby Club would like to wish Jason and Lauren a long and happy life together.



Upcoming Fixtures / Events

3 AUGUST – Peebles Sevens

10 AUGUST – Hawick Sevens

17 AUGUST – Trial sessions at Philiphaugh

24 AUGUST – Selkirk 1st XV v Hamilton 1st XV

24 AUGUST – Selkirk ‘A’ v Hamilton 2nds

31 AUGUST – Kelso v Selkirk (BL)

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


ANOTHER important date for Selkirk members and supporters to note in their diaries is Thursday, July 25th. This is when Selkirk Rugby Club’s AGM takes place in the Philiphaugh Suite (7.30pm start).
As many members as possible are urged to come along. Appointments to be confirmed at the meeting include those for the posts of president, senior vice-president and 1st XV captain.


ONCE again Selkirk players are being asked to try to find a business or individual willing to sponsor them for the 2019/2020 season.
The cost of a player sponsorship remains at £100, and in return each sponsor will be entitled to the following benefits _
The sponsor’s name will appear against the player’s name in the match programme, and will also appear alongside the player’s profile within the clubrooms throughout the season.
Sponsors will receive an invitation to the club’s annual sponsors lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite
On game days there will be a rolling video in the clubrooms when the name of each player and their sponsor will appear on the screen.
Sponsorship contributions will also help part-fund new kit for the players.
For further information, please e-mail 1st XV team manager Tom Ramage at tsramage@hotmail.com


MEMBERS of the Selkirk Past Players Club will be very keen to get the following date in their diaries – Saturday, October 5th.
For this is the date the Selkirk Past Players Club (SPPC) will hold its annual members’ lunch in the Philiphaugh Suite. It is also the day Selkirk entertain Jed-Forest in a Tennent’s Premiership fixture, so the day promises to be a memorable one.
Past Players Club secretary & treasurer, Bryan Hoggan (pictured above), will shortly be sending out membership renewal forms to the club’s members and prospective members, along with a newsletter and a message from SPPC president Iwan Tukalo.
“We had a really good turnout at last season’s lunch,” Bryan told the selkirkrfc.com website, “and I’m sure all the club’s ex-players will again rally round for the 2019 event.
“The lunch is free to SPPC members who have paid their membership subscriptions, and on the newsletter they will be asked to indicate whether they intend coming along on October 5.”
The annual Selkirk Past Players Club subscription remains at £30, and anyone wishing to find out more is asked to send an e-mail to Bryan at enquiries@ettrickvalley.co.uk

Recent Results

13/04 Selkirk 'A' 31, Boroughmuir Bears 54
23/03 Musselburgh 15, Selkirk 34
23/03 Musselburgh 2nds 25, Selkirk 'A' 20 Report
16/03 GHA 14, Selkirk 11
02/03 Selkirk 5, Jed 14
02/03 Selkirk 'A' 14 - Biggar 2nds 19 Report
26/01 Marr 17, Selkirk 17
19/01 Selkirk 28, Dundee HSFP 8
19/01 Selkirk 'A' 67, Dundee Titans 17
12/01 Aberdeen Grammar 30 Selkirk 17
12/01 Currie Chieftains 78 Selkirk 'A' 5 Report
05/01 Selkirk 31. Cartha Queens Park 15. Report
08/12 Kelso 29 Selkirk 14
08/12 Kelso 2nds 27, Selkirk 'A' 47 Report
01/12 Selkirk 37, Hamilton 5
01/12 Selkirk 'A' 12, Edin Accies 2nds 16 Report
24/11 Jed-Forest 18. Selkirk 10
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.


On behalf of Selkirk RFC we thank Ex Captain Darren Hoggan of J. A. Waters & Sons Family Butchers for the use of his Stock Room Window in Selkirk High Street for the display of our Club Merchandise, which is very much appreciated.
We are indebted to both Waters and all our sponsors over the past season, your continued support makes a big difference to the Club.
Those wishing to purchase the goods can pop down to our Club Shop which is open on Training nights or on match days.

Dennis Henderson (Chairman Selkirk RFC)

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Philiphaugh Suite

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Selkirk RFC Constitution.

A copy of Sekirk RFC's Constitution can now be viewed online by clicking the link below. Alternatively, use the link in the menu bar at the top of the main page. Any queries regarding this should be directed to Rob Harkness.


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Please click on the link for the Privacy Notice which explains what SRFC will hold, your rights and how to raise a complaint.

Secretary Selkirk Rugby Football Club






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