FORMER Hawick star Craig Charters is proving a big hit down under.
The towering forward has been in Australia for nearly a year and has made his big presence felt on the rugby pitch.
Charters and fellow Teri Graham Scott helped Melbourne Unicorns win the Premiership and he went on to star in the last Victorian state game of the season, a victory against the Australian Services.
Since then he has been picked for the Rebel Rising pre-season training.
He told the Hawick News: “It’s only the initial squad but it’s a good opportunity.”
The Rebel Rising are effectively the Melbourne Rebels ‘A’ team and are a mixture of the available contracted Rebels players, the wider training group and the best players from the local club competition.
Five games have been scheduled for 2012, with the local players then filtering directly into the Victorian Senior State team.
Charters added: “They go on to play the Western Force ‘A’ team in a friendly and then in curtain raisers before the Melbourne Rebels during the Super 15s.”