Melrose’s Super 6 franchise will be known as Southern Knights

New name is a nod to a Sir Walter Scott ballad about the legend of King Arthur and his best men camping in the nearby Eildon Hills

The Eildon Hills overlooking The Greenyards provide some of the inspiration for the Southern Knights brand name. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson

THE Super 6 franchise playing out of Melrose will be called the Southern Knights, it has been confirmed. Rather than referencing the Glen Campbell country and western classic, this rebranding is in fact a nod towards a Sir Walter Scott ballad. 

“Sir Walter Scott wrote a legend of King Arthur and his knights laying asleep by their horses in the hollow of the Eildon Hills, waiting to do battle once more. The Greenyards, laying at the foot of the Eildon Hills is where those legends will rise later this year,” explained the statement issued by the club yesterday.

“The Southern Knights are a true Borders team, befitting of Sir Walter Scott’s legend,” the statement continued. “While the home of the team will be in Melrose, at the foot of the Eildon Hills, the rugby talent and support will be drawn from other local clubs and towns too. The Southern Knights will play in a new kit specially designed to reflect this, made up of all the colours of the local Borders teams. Melrose Rugby looks forward to warmly welcoming new supporters of our new Borders Super 6 team – The Southern Knights.


Kings of 7s: Jed-Forest defeat Hawick in final to claim Peebles trophy

Peter Murchie announces Ayr Super 6 management team

FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 players for 2019-20 revealed


It is a time of significant transition at Melrose. The name launch comes a few weeks after the pitch at The Greenyards was removed to install a state-of-the-art 4G surface, with the club keen for their iconic base to be developed into a sporting hub for the wider region.

“Since December 2018 the rugby management team and the Board of Directors have worked to recruit a strong squad of players from the existing Melrose squad and from the whole of the Scottish Borders, to help rejuvenate rugby in the area,” said the statement. “It was imperative to Chairman Gordon Brown that the team name reflected this broader Borders outlook.”

The 35-player Southern Knights squad for the inaugural season of Super 6 (which kicks off in early November) has not yet been announced, but head coach Rob Chrystie says he is excited by how it is shaping up.

“The Southern Knights for 2019-20 is a really dynamic and well balanced squad with some local familiar faces,” said Chrystie. “The management team are determined to create an environment that will challenge all players, while creating a platform for those with the ability and desire to progress into professional rugby.

“This is an exciting time in Scottish rugby and I’m thrilled to be a part of it as we look forward to the inaugural Super 6 season. We can’t wait to get started.”


Annual Report: Money makes the world go round but players are the game

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article

Support our new, improved coverage this season 2019-20, with Super 6, National 1 and 2 leagues, fixtures and tables, and the small matter of our comprehensive coverage of Scotland at the RWC from Japan.

Invest in our game – you can make a difference by keeping Scottish rugby at all levels in the news.

Subscribe to The offside Line

Big in Japan: The Offside Line at RWC2019
David Barnes
About David Barnes 1362 Articles
David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

5 Comments

  1. The irony is lost on Melrose. They were hostile to the Reivers and prevented their players turning out for the South. Now, having poached local talent, they want us to support ‘their’ Borders team. Amazing.

  2. There’s no buzz or interest anywhere about these super 6 teams .
    I’ll be watching Premiership teams this season with players I know

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*