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Lairg teenager is star rugby player

By SPP Reporter

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Edward Murray John - a future full cap?
Edward Murray John - a future full cap?

A LAIRG teenager is showing his mettle on the rugby field.

Fifteen-year-old Edward Murray John, a member of Ross Sutherland Rugby Club, was selected in July for Scottish Rugby Union’s under-16 Caledonia squad.

The regional team takes its players from a widespread area stretching from Shetland in the north to Stirling in the south and from Stornoway in the west to Dundee in the east.

Murray John, a Dornoch Academy pupil, has played as a flanker (No 6) in several regional matches over the summer.

The Caledonia players have come up against young regional teams from Glasgow and West, Borders and East Lothian, and Edinburgh.

Their most recent match was against Glasgow and West at Murrayfield last Sunday which was regionals finals day.

The matches have been closely contested and the outcome of Sunday’s meeting was Caledonia 36, Glasgow and the West 34.

Edward said: “It has been a great experience and an opportunity to compete against the best young players in Scotland.”

His performance has been praised by John Scott of Ross Sutherland Rugby Club who said he was a role model for the 200 or so young people in the club’s youth set-up.

Mr Scott, Fearn, said: “Edward has an excellent approach to rugby. He trains hard, plays hard and off the pitch is always smartly turned out and ready to help others.

“Being selected for the Caledonia U16 squad is a huge honour which he thoroughly deserves and we are all very proud of him. He is a credit to his family and we all look forward to seeing him develop further with us in years to come.”

Ross Sutherland holds its youth coaching sessions at the Naval Grounds, Invergordon, on Saturdays from 10am to noon.

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