Kibble joins with Selkirk side to boost back row

09/07/13 - 13070903 - M&C SAATCHI UK LTD'EDINBURGH'Scotland rugby legend Chris Paterson stops by Forrester Rugby Club in Edinburgh to launch this year's RBS RugbyForce Initiative.
09/07/13 - 13070903 - M&C SAATCHI UK LTD'EDINBURGH'Scotland rugby legend Chris Paterson stops by Forrester Rugby Club in Edinburgh to launch this year's RBS RugbyForce Initiative.

Former Borders pro player Lee Kibble has joined the Selkirk playing ranks for season 2013/2014.

Having begun his rugby career with Gala, the 27-year-old centre spent two seasons with Border Reivers. A member of the Scotland sevens squad at the same time as ex-Selkirk player Ciaran Beattie, Kibble has recently taken time out from his rugby career to concentrate on setting up his own business – Kibble Paving & Driveways – but last season pulled on his boots to turn out for St Boswells, more often than not packing down in the back row.

“I’m really looking forward to playing for Selkirk,” he said.

“They were always a difficult team to beat whenever I’ve come up against them in the past, and I admire their style of play.

“Pre-season training has been going well, and everyone at the club has made me feel very welcome.”

Before the season starts, however, Philiphaugh is set to be turned into a mini Murrayfield on Saturday, August 10, as Scotland internationals roll up their sleeves to help the club during the RBS RugbyForce weekend.

A record 149 clubs the length and breadth of Scotland have signed up to take part, and Selkirk are one of 10 sides selected to have Scotland players help out on the day in an effort to encourage even more people to come down and see what their local club has to offer.

The initiative, driven by Scottish Rugby’s principal partner RBS, allows clubs to benefit from financial, practical and promotional assistance to run a pre-season event where they mobilise both existing and potential members.

In previous years, the focus has been on amassing volunteers to help spruce up facilities, but more and more clubs are now using the weekend to encourage the local community to get involved in a more lasting sense, whether as players, supporters, volunteers, members or sponsors.

Events being put on by clubs this year include family barbecues, come and try touch rugby sessions, fêtes with stalls and stands, regional minis and sevens tournaments, joint open days with other local sports clubs, plus the usual array of team DIY activities to get grounds spick and span in time for the resumption of the RBS domestic leagues.

Scotland all-time great and RBS Ambassador Chris Paterson says: “It’s fantastic to hear of so many clubs like Selkirk really embracing the spirit of RBS RugbyForce and coming up with a day of activities the whole community can enjoy.

“It is a great chance to show them what they’ll get out of being involved and how they can be part of a club going from strength to strength.”

More news on RugbyForce activities in the coming weeks.