Hawick contingent ready to front-up again for South versus Edinburgh

Revived Inter-District Championship kicks-off at Netherdale tomorrow night

South will host Edinburgh at Netherdale in the first game of the revived Inter-District Championship. Image: Borders Rugby TV
South will host Edinburgh at Netherdale in the first game of the revived Inter-District Championship. Image: Borders Rugby TV

THERE is no rest for the wicked or for the 11 Hawick players involved in Saturday’s Scottish cup Final triumph over Marr who have been named in The South’s match-day 23 for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s clash against Edinburgh at Netherdale (kick-0ff 7pm).

Shawn Muir, Fraser Renwick, Nicky Little, Jae Linton, Andrew Mitchell, Ronan McKean and Kirk Ford have all been named in the starting XV for the first game of the revived Inter-District Championship, while Matt Carryer, Shaun Fairbairn, Callum Renwick and Gareth Welsh are on the bench.

Hawick head coach Matty Douglas is overseeing the side representing the Borders and East Lothian, and the rest of his squad comprises of three Kelso players , two Selkirk players, two Gala players, three Melrose players and two Musselburgh players.


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“It is a big ask to front up again as soon after a big occasion like the Cup Final but I’ve spoken to all the Hawick boys in the squad individually and they are all raring to go, so we’re backing them to deliver,” said Douglas. “The flip side is that a lot of the guys we are up against won’t have played a competitive game for five or six weeks, so that’s a challenge Edinburgh have top deal with.

“The buy-in we’ve had from all the boys involved has been great,” he added. “At the first meeting there wasn’t a lot off voices, but once they got into training they started to come out of the shell. That’s the great thing about the Borders: you have this rivalry but we can also come together as well.

“I’ve not had to contribute a huge amount, to be honest, because we’ve got so many experienced players who are coming from clubs which are doing well – like Kelso who have just been promoted to the Premiership – so they are all inputting and helping to drive the bus.”

“I think it has been quite refreshing for the boys because its been a while since we’ve come together like this, and I’m excited to see how it comes together. And this is at a time when it should be the off-season so I can’t wait until we get it running during the season and pushing towards a return of the Club international team.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh head coach Bob McKillop (Heriot’s) and his management team have leant heavily on the Currie Chieftains side which finished second in the Premiership and lost the play-off final at Mansfield Park in agonising fashion at the end of March.

There are seven Malleny Park men in the capital starting XV with another three on the bench, while Edinburgh Accies, who finished third in the Premiership, contribute six to the starting team. There are two Stewart’s Melville players in the run-on team with three Heriot’s players and two Watsonians players named on the bench.

The revival of the Inter District Championship after 72 clubs (against 46) voted in favour of an amended motion presented by GHA at the Scottish Rugby AGM in July 2021. The competition, which was first established in 1953, used to be competed for annually on a round-robin in the amateur era by Edinburgh, Glasgow, the South, the North and Midlands and, laterally, the Scottish Exiles.

This year, the tournament will consist of only two matches per team, with the winner of this game and the winner of Saturday’s clash between Caledonia and Glasgow in Inverness meeting at Braidholm (GHA’s home group in the south side of Glasgow) on 21st May. The losers of the two semi-finals will also meet in the third/fourth place play-off.

 

South: K Ford (Hawick); D Patterson (Kelso), A Mitchell (Hawick) C Dods (Gala), R McKean (Hawick); S Hutchison (Melrose), B Colvine (Melrose); S Muir© (Hawick), F Renwick (Hawick), N Little (Hawick), A McColm (Selkirk), M Badenhorst (Musselburgh), B McNeil (Kelso), L Scott (Gala), J Linton (Hawick). Substitutes: M Carryer, (Hawick), L Pettie (Selkirk), C Owenson (Musselburgh), S Fairbairn (Hawick), C Renwick (Hawick), G Welsh (Hawick), F Robson (Kelso), D Crawford (Melrose).

Edinburgh: C Brett (Currie Chieftains); I Sim (Currie Chieftains), N Armstong (Edinburgh Accies), G Cannie (Currie Chieftains), L Wells (Edinburgh Accies); J Loomes (Edinburgh Accies), A Porteous (Stewart’s Melville); C Imrie (Edinburgh Accies), R Stewart (Currie Chieftains), G Carson (Currie Chieftains), J Sword (Stewart’s Melville), A McCallum (Currie Chieftains), F Simpson (Edinburgh Accies), R Davies© (Currie Chieftains), R Campbell (Edinburgh Accies). Substitutes: D Dineen (Heriot’s), C Anderson (Currie Chieftains), J Lascelles (Heriot’s), G Nelson (Currie Chieftains), A Johnston (Heriot’s), C Lessels (Currie Chieftains), B Heber (Watsonians), B Morris (Watsonians).


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13 Comments

  1. Interesting that if the sides had been chosen on a ‘region of origin’ basis, four of the Edinburgh team (Sim, Stewart, Simpson, Campbell) would have been eligible for The South.

    I suppose it could be said Craig Owenson qualifies the opposite way, but East Lothian is now included with the Borders in development games so he would be South by origin now

  2. This hasn’t been well advertised and the scheduling is all wrong. Should be on a Saturday afternoon at the very least.If i wasn’t a subscriber to offside line or Glasgow Hawks FB page I would never know

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    • Andy Black .
      SRU won’t promote any club rugby .
      In case it upstages Dodson’s ‘Folly ‘ 6
      hide club things from the masses
      That’s their way of doing things

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    • Andy Black .
      SRU won’t promote any club rugby .
      In case it upstages Dodson’s ‘Folly ‘ 6
      hide club things from the masses
      That’s their way of doing things

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  3. Is it being streamed? Nothing about the match on the SRU website that I can see.

  4. I had hoped that youth may be given a chance or some of those who have not already had experience of playing for the South but I was wrong …. It’s Edinburgh versus Dads Army…… pointless exercise

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    • B66 – I’d have thought that being chosen to play for the South is a reflection and reward for their skill, efforts and achievements of the season,not on their age.
      Hopefully a good turn out tonight will reflect the enthusiasm for district rugby

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