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Gary Callander

Kelso RFC are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Gary Callander. Garys contribution to the history of the club cannot be overstated.

He captained the club to its first Border League title in 50 years in the 85/86 season; was instrumental in leading the club to the Scottish First Division Championship in the 87/88 season and was an integral part of the successful Kelso seven of the late 1970s and 80s, where he won 5 Melrose sevens medals. He also appeared in two Hong Kong sevens finalsplaying for the

Co-optimists and the Scottish Border Club where he was one of five Kelso players in the side that beat the All Blacks in the Semi Final before falling to Australia in the final.

He achieved the ultimate accolade of captaining his country for five of his six international caps.

He was a Captain, Leader and an Outstanding rugby player. He will be sorely missed by his “rugby family”

Our thoughts are with Gary’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

May he rest in peace.

Scott Forbes


Kelso RFC

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