New signings Hogg & Loni Loni start at Selby tomorrow. By DAVE CAMPBELL

2 Sep

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Big News from Silver Royd this week is the signing of former Hawick and Scotland 7s player Graham Hogg as the club’s new Youth Development Officer (YDO). 29 year old Graham who’s younger brother is Scotland and Lions fullback Stuart Hogg played for Scotland at under-17 , under-19 and under-20 level and has had wide experience of the game playing and coaching at several clubs from Currie near Edinburgh to Biella RFC in Italy

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Scarborough RUFC’s ninetieth anniversary season kicks off tomorrow at Selby and Coach Lee Douglas has named Hogg and Kiwi Loni Loni as his centre paring in a new-look side following departures from the club at the end of last season. With new club captain front-rower Matty Jones not due to arrive at Silver Royd until the 27th, of the month a re-jigged front row of Alessandro Zavatti, Ian Williams and Jordan Day have been named. James Leach and Mikey Readman are in the engine room with youngster Ryan Fowler making his first team debut in the back row with Drew Govier and Isaac Faamau. Tom Harrison returns from injury at fly-half to pair up with Jordan Wakeham and Tom Ratcliffe, Matty Young and Graeme Jeffrey will make up the back three. Joe Lenton, Mark Hopper and Andy Rossol are on the bench.

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Due to holidays and other commitments the Seasiders had to field mixed-ability squads in their pre-season games with Pocklington and Driffield conceding an aggregate of 80 points across the games. However due to the composition of the sides I don’t think much store should be set by the results and I expect a far more competitive performance from tomorrow’s Scarborough line-up.

Selby only managed to stay in Yorkshire Division One with a controversial injury time penalty in the final game of the season against Scarborough last April to win 33-31, the latest in a string of high-scoring games between the clubs over the last few seasons at Selby’s Sandhill Lane ground. This was in contrast to Scarborough’s 21-0 win in the opening game of the season against the same opposition at Silver Royd.

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Tom Ratcliffe in action at Selby last season   PICTURE BY ANDY STANDING

 

 

Unfortunately the good lady wife Mrs C is hors de combat having broken a leg in two places and suffered a dislocated ankle (I told her she was to old for the Valkryies!) so I’ll be doing my Florence Nightingale impression back at the old homestead and will miss the game. However Andy Standing will be there with his trusty camera to record all the action for the Scarborough News. Oh yes, and you can catch my first rugby column for the SCARBOROUGH REVIEW in today’s edition; free in supermarkets all over the area.

Mini rugby resumes on Sunday and on the 11th the Valkryies will be back in action so more on that next week. Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 3pm and a coach will leave Silver Royd meet at 11.30am; to book ring 01723 357740. With the Vikings not in action, there will be no rugby at Silver Royd.

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