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Congratulations to Thomas Jeffrey!

By BEN GLASGOW

South Africa-bound

Peebles Rugby would like to congratulate Thomas Jeffrey on being selected, along with two other teenage prospects from the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy to spend five months at South Africa’s renowned Stellenbosch University rugby academy.

The three young players have been chosen to benefit from the scholarship which was left as a legacy by former Scotland hooker John Macphail, who passed away in 2004.

This will be the 14th year of the scheme, funded by the Robertson Trust, which previously sent emerging players and coaches to Canterbury in New Zealand for a 15-week programme. This changed to a longer stay in South Africa last year, keeping the youngsters aligned to the Northern Hemisphere season.

Thomas will be hoping to join the ranks of eight previous scholars who have gone on to win full Scotland caps including the likes of John Barclay, who was the first recipient in 2005, Finn Russell, Jonny Gray and Grant Gilchrist, with a further nine students going on to win professional contracts.

Loosehead prop Thomas who is also part of the Borders Academy came up through the ranks at Peebles Rugby where he played at all levels from the minis through to the Firsts before moving onto Jed-Forest.

Updated 10:50 - 31 Jan 2019 by BEN GLASGOW

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