League side would be good for both codes

Galashiels rugby ace Craig Robertson believes that putting together a league side in the Borders would benefit both codes of the game.

The 24-year-old, who plays for both Gala RFC and Edinburgh Eagles RL side, missed playing the 13-aside game for his country in front of a home crowd at Netherdale on Friday due to injury but remains part of the European Championship squad.

Gala half-back Lewis Clarke appeared as a sub while fellow Maroon Craig Borthwick, who has already won one Scotland RL cap, was in the initial squad for the tournament but had to pull out through injury.

“If we can get more interest, then I don’t see why we can’t get a Borders team on the go,” claims Robertson.

“My Gala RFC mates came across to watch the Club XIII game against the Army and they said it was unbelievable how good it was, they enjoyed the hits. There is an awful lot of talent here that hasn’t been picked up by the SRU, it’s such an area that can be built on. You get really hard boys down here, so if they can get into League during the off season, it’s going to be a really good outfit and would be a really positive move for Scottish Rugby League.”

Scotland suffered their second defeat in this season’s Rugby League European Championship on Friday night when they lost 24-22 to Ireland.