International call-up for dad and his daughter

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SELKIRK rugby stalwart Derek Brown has always wanted to get his hands on a Scotland rugby strip – and tomorrow, at the home of Scottish rugby, he and his daughter, Kerry, will both have the chance to do so.

For the father and daughter, who have made a giant contribution to their hometown club during the past six years, will join volunteers from across the nation to parade a giant-sized rugby jersey around the Murrayfield pitch before Scotland take on South Africa (2.30pm) in the second of their EMC Autumn Tests.

Prior to tomorrow’s match, the SRU has organised an event called Fabric of the Nation, where a host of rugby club volunteers from around the country will step out on to the pitch supporting a giant strip. Each participant has been nominated by his or her club as a thank-you for their efforts on the club’s behalf, and in particular for their work during the RBS RugbyForce weekend in August.

Derek, a 59-year-old textiles technician with Anthony Haines in Selkirk, is a member of Selkirk Rugby Club’s committee, and for the past six years has worked in tandem with Kerry selling half-time draw tickets at the club’s home matches. Kerry, who is 27, works as an attendant at Selkirk Leisure Centre.

“It’s exciting to be involved in such a big event,” said Derek, adding: “We’re both really looking forward to the day.

“We’ve been told the rehearsal on Saturday morning will last for an hour-and-threequarters, so there’s obviously more to this than meets the eye.”

The Fabric of the Nation initiative will also allow the Murrayfield crowd to show their appreciation for those whose dedication and enthusiasm drive the continued growth of the game in Scotland.

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