Rugby as it used to be

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One of the joys of running the Hawick Rugby Memories Club is getting to select the film clips of old rugby matches played at Mansfield Park. We love seeing the old ground full to bursting, but what particularly impresses us is the free-flowing nature of the game in the sixties, seventies and eighties. You rarely see a reset scrum, the plague of the modern game. Perhaps we ought to invite the IRB lawmakers to one of our monthly sessions.

The next one, which will be led by Teri Kiwi George Keown, will be looking at the South of Scotland, a side packed with old Hawick players, playing the All Blacks at Mansfield Park in 1963 and the Scotland game at Murrayfield in1979. The showing, along with the opportunity to look at old photos and programmes, will take place between 2.30 and 4.00pm on Thursday, November 6, in Hawick RFC’s Green Rooms at Mansfield Park.

The Hawick Rugby Memories Club is supported by Alzheimer Scotland and is open to all who enjoy reminiscing about rugby as it used to be.

May Sinclair and Murray Watson