Ex-Gala player backs charity

Mike Dods with Rowan Boland Memorial Trust chairman David Boland
Mike Dods with Rowan Boland Memorial Trust chairman David Boland

Mike Dods has backed Gala and Scotland to continue their revivals on the rugby pitch.

Former utility back Dods made the trip back to Netherdale this month after being named an honorary patron of the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust to mark his extensive support for the charity.

And he believes his former teams are returning to form.

“I always check Gala’s results on social media,” he said.

“Last year was tough to see them get so close to winning the league, but the main thing is Gala is back in the top division and challenging for trophies.

“Scotland have a young squad and an exciting back line, they just need to get their first win to start a run of good results.”

The 46-year-old now works with sports company Under Armour in Gloucester, and is delighted to join Chris Paterson, Ryan Mania, John Collins, Danny Galbraith and Stuart Hogg as an honorary patron of the trust.

He said: “It is great to support such a fantastic cause.

“I was very humbled when the Trust’s chairman Davie Boland asked me to be an honorary patron and I had no hesitation in accepting.

“It is just great to be able to help.”