Gala winger Craig Robertson could be about to become the Borders’ latest international after being named in Scotland’s rugby league squad.
And the 24-year-old, who is also registered as an Edinburgh Eagles rugby league player,is relishing the opportunity.
“People have always said you should try and get a contract but I’ve not been too dazzled by it until I got a phonecall from the Scotland coach Steve MacCormack saying I had been selected for the national squad,” he said.
“Now I am really excited. I was a bit anxious about telling George (Graham, Gala RFC coach), however I knew I wasn’t the only Gala player selected so that made it easier.”
Lewis Clark, who moved from Lasswade RFC to Gala at the start of the season, has also been called up to the squad ahead of the European Nations which kicks off in Wales this Friday night. Craig Borthwick, from Peebles, was named but has had to pull out due to an injury sustained while playing for Gala against Melrose a few weeks ago.
A former New Year Sprint winner Robertson believes his speed lends itself more to the league game but is glad he is able to play both codes.
“To be honest its hard to decide which I prefer,” he admitted.
“I’ve grown up with Union but league suits my strengths with being the quicker game of the two, its so much easier to exploit holes in the oppositions defence.”
Scotland open their defence of the European title against Wales tomorrow night, then play Ireland at Galashiels before finishing their fixtures in Avignon against France on Saturday, November 7.
Robertson said it would be a dream come true to be playing for his country in front of his home crowd at Netherdale.
“It would be a great experience especially if I got a try,” he added.
“It would be good to get as much local support down as possible and hopefully we can push to win the championship again.”
Scotland’s European challenge, page 87