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Tomorrow Peebles RFC sponsored by Glenrath Farm Eggs resume action in RBS Championship Division B with the tricky trip into Edinburgh to play Murrayfield Wanderers. The Wanderers having already taken the scalp of Musselburgh are desperately looking to add that of Peebles to their belt and Peter Wright’s men will need to be at the top of their game to prevent this from happening and maintain their position at the top of the division. Kick off is 2:00pm on the back pitches at Murrayfield Stadium and the team is hoping for a large and vocal travelling supporter for this vital game.

The 2nd XV – supported by FIRSTXV and rugbystuff.com – are at home tomorrow when they host Jedforest A in RBS Reserve league East 1 at Hay Lodge Park – kick off is at 2:00pm.

The Colts – supported by BARC Coach Hire – are on the road to Hawick to play the PSA in the Border Semi-Junior League. Kick off at Burnfoot is 2:00pm for travelling Colts fans.

Last Friday night the seconds – supported by FIRSTXV and rugbystuff.com - were in action under the Gytes floodlights when they played Melrose 2nds in the Borders 2ndXV cup – unfortunately they lost 26– 0 but this is not a bad result against a side which plays effectively two divisions higher in the league system.

Last Saturday the Colts – supported by BARC Coach Hire – had a home fixture in the Border Semi-Junior League when they played Selkirk Youth Club. Due to Hay Lodge Park being unplayable the match was switched to Caberston Haugh – Peebles RFC gives grateful thanks to Walkerburn RFC for the use of their pitch and facilities to allow this game to be played -.Selkirk winning a tight encounter by 18 – 16.

The Peebles Under 16 squad – supported by Bordermix - travelled down to Netherdale last Sunday to play Melrose Under 16’s on the 3G surface. The boys lost by 78 – 0 despite being in the game at only 12 – 0 at half time – injuries after half time and the fact that the Melrose boys were that bit bigger took their toll on this young squad and the proverbial floodgates opened – however to their credit the boys kept going to the final whistle.

Tonight is quiz night at the Eastgate when Davy Cornwall puts everyone through cerebral hell with his mental gymnastics workout – watch out for those pop music questions all those who listen to Radio Scotland or 4.

Following the Border Under 18 Trial at Netherdale 3G Arena a week past Friday, six members of Peebles Colts have been selected for the Borders Squad for the forthcoming Regional Program. The boys are James Millen (prop), Richard Harrison (back Row), Jack Harrison (scrum half), Cameron Pye and Scott Halliday (centres), and Kieran Owens (wing).

Squad training now commences on Sundays before the 29 players are trimmed to a match day squad of 23 for their match against Edinburgh, currently planned for Sunday 16th December at Murrayfield. Following this match, the two squads come together before an Edinburgh Rugby 'pro-aligned' U18 squad is selected to take on Glasgow Warriors U18's in February.

The club wishes these players well in the coming program.

December’s Eastgate diary is fairly full – starting on Saturday the 8th it is Little Miss Dynamite after the Jedforest RBS South Regional Cup match. There is an open darts tournament on Thursday 20th and on Saturday the 22nd there is a singer and Christmas Party Night after the Perthshire game. Over the Christmas Holiday there are the usual two Discos on Christmas Eve and Boxing Night – both are £3 entry if before 10:30pm and £5 after – patrons should note that the club operates a Challenge-25 policy.

Finally – a message from the Borders Rugby Referees’ Society - Rugby in Scotland would not be possible without the support and dedication of many volunteers, including match officials without whom games, leagues, tournaments, festivals and cup competitions could not take place. The Borders’ Rugby Referees’ Society (BRRS), now in its 50th season, fosters the interests of refereeing in the Scottish Borders and provides referees to matches for affiliated Clubs in the Borders.

The demand for referees, at all levels of the game, exceeds supply. As a consequence the Society is always seeking new referees as their experienced referees make their way through the SRU pathway and older referees retire. The best source of rugby referees is local Clubs, with ex-players who may wish to remain active in the game following injury or retirement.

The Society has written to all affiliated clubs in the Borders asking that they try to identify any potential recruits, and ask that they contact it to take up the whistle. Some of their referees started their careers as rehabilitation as injured players and an aid to fitness (specific injuries permitting); some used refereeing as an opportunity to gain more knowledge of the Laws of the Game, and particularly how referees apply the Laws, which in turn made them better players.

The clubs can benefit by having their own volunteer referees providing coaching to mini, junior and senior teams with a referee’s perspective on the game, and provide emergency cover (at an appropriate level) if the Society is unfortunately unable to allocate a referee to one of their games.

The Society is running a couple of Level 1 Referee courses over the next few weeks, and is looking to the clubs to publicize these courses for members to attend, with a view to becoming referees themselves. Clubs are asked to refer potential candidates to the Society’s Chairman, Austin Ramage (Austin.Ramage@tiscali.co.uk), Regional Referee Development Manager, Iain Heard (Iain.Heard@sru.org.uk) or Secretary Tony Leighton (tony.leighton@pirncraig.com). Their help in identifying and providing potential referees will ensure that it is able to meet all the fixture commitments in the Borders and develop their players.

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