Three Borders rugby legends are in the running to be inducted into Scottish Rugby’s Hall of Fame, the SRU have announced today.
Stow farmer Doug Elliot, Selkirk’s John Rutherford and Galashiels’ own Gregor Townsend go up against John Bannerman and Bill Maclagan, with one of the places being decided by an interactive public vote.
The Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 2010 and 12 figures were inducted, including Bill McLaren, Jim Telfer and Ned Haig.
While Rutherford and Townsend are both well known to have been stylish fly-halves for Scotland in more recent years, Elliot was a wing forward from Edinburgh Accies who won 29 caps in the 1940s and 50s.
An SRU spokesman said: “With great pace and stamina, he was a destructive tackler who struck fear into the hearts of opposing half-backs.
“His ceaseless harrying contributed to Wales’ downfall at Murrayfield in 1951. Selected for the 1950 Lions tour, he could not afford to be away from his farm for six months and offered to pay for his own flight to cut travel time by sea. His offer, sadly, was declined.”
Details on how to vote via Twitter, Facebook and on the Scottish Rugby website will be announced next month with the closing date for votes early October. The Hall of Fame evening will take place on Thursday, November 7 at Murrayfield.