Borderers saddened by death of Hawick rugby favourite

BORDERS rugby followers and the wider community are saddened to learn of the death of the former Hawick and Scotland centre/wing George Stevenson.

He was 79. Stevie, as he was known affectionately, won 24 caps for Scotland in an international career that spanned nine years.

A product of Hawick PSA and Linden, he was a regular with the Greens from 1951 to 1967. He scored a try on his debut for Scotland against England at Murrayfield in 1956 and added tries in victories against France and Australia in his third and fifth caps. Another highlight was his thrilling solo try for the Scottish Districts when they defeated South Africa 16-8 at his beloved Mansfield Park in the 1960s.

Hawick RFC will hold a minute’s silence before their home RBS National League game against Stewart’s Melville FP tomorrow.