Scottish selection sees Julie opt for Oz

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Borders bowling ace Julie Forrest faced an agonising decision after being chosen by Bowls Scotland to compete at the 2015 World Cup in Warilla, Australia.

The tournament takes place on April 15-23, clashing with the World Indoor Bowls Council (WIBC) competition in Jersey.

Forrest has now withdrawn from this year’s WIBC tournament, a title she holds and has won four times, in favour of representing Scotland in Australia.

“It was a very difficult decision to make, not being able to compete in the WIBC,” admitted the Hawick lady, who had spent some time agonising over the clash of dates.

“The indoors has been really good to me, but I just felt that the World Cup was something different and an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.

“Sometimes if you don’t grab things with two hands you don’t get to places, so I decided to take a chance and see what happens.

“I’m very pleased to be selected because this is a new event for me. I want to play well and hope I can perform and deliver the goods.”

Scottish men’s indoor champion Iain McLean from Lanarkshire will also represent his country at the World Cup event.