Kelso Poised To Host Memorable Family Challenge

Two grandsons of the late former Scottish Rugby president and two times capped Scotland internationalist, Charlie Stewart will go head-to-head on Saturday (31 March) when Kelso midis welcome Crew and Nantwich to Poynder Park.

The match which will kick-off at 5pm will see grandsons Charlie Stewart (Kelso) and Calum Meakin (Crewe and Nantwich) and their respective teams compete for the Charlie Stewart Challenge Cup in memory of their grandfather for the first time.

Scotland captain and British and Irish Lion Ross Ford will be on hand to present the trophy at the end of the match and will be joined by former Kelso born Scotland internationalist and British and Irish Lion, John Jeffrey.

Charlie Stewart's son in law, Phil Meakin, assistant coach from Crewe and Nantwich, said: “When we were asked to arrange a tour we jumped at the chance to use our Border connections to show our lads and dads the history and passion of Borders Rugby. 

“It’s also a great opportunity and honour for Calum and Charlie to play each other on the pitch where their Grandpa played; there is lots of family pride at stake!

“We are incredibly grateful to the rugby community in Kelso and Duns with their efforts in arranging this tour and the opportunity to meet Ross Ford and John Jeffrey.”

Kelso’s development officer, Mark Coull, added: “For a lot of these young players it will be there first experience of playing on a ground like Poynder Park in the evening, and I’m sure that memory will last them a lifetime.

“To make the occasion more memorable they will play for the Charlie Stewart Challenge Cup in front of two British and Irish Lions.

“I’m sure they will draw inspiration from playing in front of these great players and Ross will also hopefully take some inspiration from the youngsters back to Edinburgh when they face Toulouse in their Heineken Cup clash.”

Crewe and Nantwich will then travel east on Sunday (1 April) to play Duns at The Hardens Field at 11am.