Borders College

College duo head to Rugby World Cup

As the summer slowly makes itself known, many students and lecturers look forward to final exams and assessments, but for 18 year old HND Coaching and Developing Sport student Rory Darge, the next few weeks is a time for him to once again represent his country in the Rugby Under 20s World Cup in France.

Rory Darge

Rory Darge

Playing locally for Melrose Rugby Club, Rory has had the call-up for both the Under 20s – as part of the Six Nations tournament – and Under 18s squads. Turning out for Scotland against Wales, France, England, Ireland and Italy no less than 7 times, Rory is no stranger to the international scene.

Rory, who comes from East Lothian but now studies and lives in Galashiels, is another student to benefit from the innovative arrangements with the BT Academy and Borders College. Rory, who also plays nationally for the Scotland team in the back row, is currently studying a two year course at Borders College and training with the Academy.

College Lecturer and Scotland Under 20s backs coach Nikki Walker is also heading out to prepare and coach the Under 20s as they take on a host of international nations.

Finlay ScottFormer rugby student Finlay Scott (pictured), who only completed his studies at Borders College last year, has also been selected for the team to play as hooker.

Scotland are placed in pool B against Argentina, England and Italy and depending on the results will go on to further rounds in the competition.

The final match of the tournament will be played on 17 June 2018, and we hope that Rory, Finlay and Nikki stay in the competition to get to be involved in the final.

We wish Rory, Finlay and Nikki all the very best in their World Cup campaign.

The scheduled matches for pool B are:

Scotland v Italy 20 May 2018 at Stade De La Mediterranee, Béziers – France
Scotland v Argentina 3 June 2018 at Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan – France
Scotland v England 7 June 2018 at Stade De La Mediterranee, Béziers – France

You can keep up to speed with the progress of the Under 20s on the World Rugby official website.

If you are interested in furthering your career in professional Rugby, visit the Borders College website to find out more about the Rugby and sports programmes available.

Published: Thu 24th May, 2018