Referee Rudkin to take charge of cup final

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REGARDLESS of whether the Redskins make it to Murrayfield or not there will still be a Hawick presence at Cup Finals Day.

That’s because Teri whistler Cammy Rudkin, pictured, has been named as the referee for the showpiece match next Saturday between Melrose and either Boroughmuir or Ayr.

It caps a memorable campaign for the former Hawick Wanderers player, who was in charge of the 6 Nations B international between Spain and the Ukraine in Madrid in February.

He told the Hawick News: “I found out at the beginning of last week when my boss phoned to tell me and to say congratulations.

“It means a lot to get the final. It’s a perfect end to a good season.”

This won’t be the first time Cammy has officiated at Murrayfield, having previously been the referee at the Under-18 Scottish Schools Cup final two seasons ago.

However, despite being a referee for eight seasons, he admitted the cup final appointment eclipses all of his achievements so far.

And he said he can’t wait for the first whistle.

The 27-year-old added: “There might be some small nerves before the start but mostly it will just be a feeling of excitement.

“Refereeing and going self-employed have been the best decisions of my life.”

The match will also see Cammy come up against ‘Rose coach Craig Chalmers who he famously had a spat with almost exactly a year ago when he disallowed a late try at the Melrose Sevens to send the hosts crashing out of their tournament in the quarter-finals.