Rugby honour for George

06/08/11 EMC TEST'SCOTLAND v IRELAND'MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH'George Thompson of Mackie Academy RFC was present as Scotland unveiled a specially designed RBS sponsored Scotland jersey before the Scotland/Ireland test match on Saturday

06/08/11 EMC TEST'SCOTLAND v IRELAND'MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH'George Thompson of Mackie Academy RFC was present as Scotland unveiled a specially designed RBS sponsored Scotland jersey before the Scotland/Ireland test match on Saturday

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George Thomson of Mackie FP RFC took part in a unique event before the Scotland v Ireland test match at Murrayfield on Saturday August 6.

He was selected to attend by his club due to the amount of work he has done for his club and the local community. Wearing his club colours he joined over 120 representatives from clubs across Scotland on the pitch and took part in the unveiling of a specially designed version of the new RBS Scotland jersey.

The event was hosted by RBS and Scottish Rugby to reward the hard work that is done by volunteers in local rugby clubs across Scotland and to celebrate the launch of the new RBS sponsored domestic league season.

Colin Thomson, Head of Community Rugby, at Scottish Rugby said: “The event was a true celebration of Scottish Club Rugby. Many of the nominees that attended had to travel long distances and to have as many clubs represented was really quite special.

“Club Rugby is the lifeblood of the Scottish game and the club members were nominated due to the commitment they have made to their clubs and the local communities. Seeing everyone on the pitch before the match was a perfect example of the dedication of these volunteers and the spirit they bring to Scottish Club Rugby.”

Peter McCarthy, Managing Director RBS Scotland, Branch Banking, said: “RBS understand that rugby is at the heart of communities across Scotland and recognise the difference that the game can make. The event at Murrayfield on Saturday reinforced this and to have over 120 people on the pitch representing their clubs was an impressive sight.

“All of the individuals have made a real contribution to rugby at a local level and RBS is proud to have been able to take part in recognising these efforts. I encourage as many people across Scotland to support both their local rugby clubs and the national team in order to grow and celebrate Scottish rugby.”