Hawick rugby stalwart Robin Charters dies

Robin Charters
Robin Charters

HAWICK international centre and SRU past president Robin Charters died this week at the age of 82.

Robin won three caps out of the Hawick club against Wales, Ireland and England in 1955, but many felt his greatest influence was extended beyond his own playing career.

He was widely regarded as the architect – working alongside Hugh McLeod, Derrick Grant and Jack Hegarty – of much of the Hawick club’s domination of the Scottish club scene during the 1970s.

He also served with distinction the South of Scotland in committee roles and was first elected to the Scottish Rugby Union general committee in 1977.

He was a member of the international selection panel, becoming convener of selectors in June 1984, and went on to become a British & Irish Lions selector. He was widely respected in that role and for his support of a coaching structure throughout Scotland.

Robin was a shrewd judge of a player’s ability, but he was also a warm-hearted and jovial figure, popular with players.

Robin served as Scottish Rugby Union president in 1992-93, travelling with the Scotland squad on their tour of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, where even the intense South Pacific heat could not keep him from enjoying a game of lawn bowls when his presidential duties allowed.

In his working life, Robin was involved in a family knitwear business in his hometown.