RUGBY: Dunbar, who compete in the RBS Bowl Final at Murrayfield this weekend, have been named as RBS Club of the Month for March.
The East Lothian outfit have rounded off a fine campaign with the £1,000 prize and a chance to be named as RBS Club of the Season at the Scottish Rugby Union’s glittering club awards dinner in May.
Dunbar were nominated by Barry Sinclair, Edinburgh Regional Representative on the Scottish Rugby Council.
He said: “Dunbar have enjoyed a tremendous season and it is fitting that they should win this recognition for the month of March.
“During that month the club fulfilled their traditional friendly fixture against the Skerries club from Ireland. It was the 60th anniversary fixture and where other clubs have found it difficult to maintain such matches, which celebrate the friendships forged on international weekends, Dunbar have made it clear that they want future generations of the club to enjoy this rivalry too.”
March also saw Dunbar crowned RBS East Regional League Division 2 champions following play-off victories against Earlston, Hawick Harlequins and Dalkeith, while they booked their place in this weekend’s RBS National Finals Day at Murrayfield with a 46-31 semi-final victory over Hawick Harlequins in the RBS Bowl.
Success is also evident for the club’s under-18 team who won the Edinburgh & District Under-18 League Division 2, while their under-16s won the Edinburgh & District under-16 Cup.
The club’s youth section is a source of great pride. Under the guidance of Steve Wands they have forged strong links with Dunbar Grammar School who have also had an encouraging year winning the Border and East Lothian under-18 bowl.
In line with the awards discipline criteria, Dunbar had an unblemished discipline record in March.
Barry Sinclair added: “Dunbar are a club with a history, a present and, very clearly, a strong future.”
Dunbar president David Wilson said: “For a small town like Dunbar this is a fantastic achievement for all the players, coaches and helpers who have put our current structure in place over the last three to four years.
“The whole structure has changed. We now have players coming through at all levels from the minis to under-16s and under-18s. Our facilities at Hallhill are great and make it easy for families to come down and get involved.
“A few Dunbar players have come through the system in the last few years – Finlay Gillies is now with Glasgow Warriors, Robby Wilson is at Boroughmuir and our wing-forward Karl Main played for Scotland under-17 this season.”
As RBS Club of the Month, Dunbar will receive a cheque for £1,000 and ten invitations to the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner at Murrayfield on Friday 25 May. On that evening, the club will be contenders for RBS Club of the Season.