Pow and Marshall out after Selkirk players’ discontent

LACK of ambition has been cited as one of the reasons behind the rift between Selkirk RFC backs coach Rodney Pow and the club’s board and players.

The Philiphaugh club announced the imminent departure of both their 1st XV coaches in a short press release at the end of last week, which stated: “After a difficult season Selkirk RFC announces that its 1st XV coaches are standing down – Rodney Pow with immediate effect, and Graham Marshall at the end of the season.”

Marshall, the former Selkirk and Scotland back row man took over the role from Kevin Barrie last April with former Selkirk player and coach Pow returning as backs coach. But a run of poor results and growing dissatisfaction among the players has led to the departure of both.

Talking frankly to TheSouthern, Pow said: “Home-grown talent is a great ethos to have, but unfortunately if you want to compete at a higher level nowadays you have to buy success. It’s all about ambition and if you want to play First Division rugby and compete against teams like Currie, Boroughmuir and Ayr then you have to be prepared to buy players in.”

After ending his third stint in a coaching capacity at Philiphaugh, Pow intends to take a break from rugby and concentrate on his golf.

He added: “I’m really disappointed that things have turned out this way.

“At the end of the day we lost the backing of the players and if you don’t have that then you have nothing.

“Saying that, I have nothing but respect for the Selkirk RFC players and wish them all the very best for the future.”

The club has made no further comment on the reasons for the split.

Meanwhile, former Selkirk player, Lee Jones has won a two-year extension to his contract at Edinburgh.

The 22-year-old winger, who has won two Scotland A caps, has been tipped by many as a future full Scottish international.

Elsewhere, Melrose are building up to an explosive climax to the season, starting with a Premier Cup semi-final clash against Currie at Malleny Park on Saturday.

And with only two games standing between them – and a league title and a Border League final also to contend – the Greenyards outfit have their work cut out in the next few weeks.

President Mike Dalgetty commented: “It’s one thing being happy to have achieved a level of competitiveness, it’s a whole different ball game actually turning this into something special and that’s the task that now lies ahead of us.”

Also on Saturday, Gala will be gunning for Stirling County when the Bridgehaugh club visit Netherdale.

With only five points between the top four in Premier B, the promotion chase is well and truly on and with only two games left third-placed Gala need to take at least a losing bonus point from Saturday’s clash with the league leaders.