Lion confirmed as Golden Oldies festival ambassador

The organising committee of the fifth Scottish Golden Oldies Rugby Festival, being held at Highland Rugby Club (Canal Park) on Saturday 1 June, have secured the services of a former Scottish internationalist and British & Irish Lions player, Ernie Michie.

Ernie MichieMichie, 80, gained 15 caps for Scotland, between 1954 and 1957, and played in the 1955 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa where the Series was drawn two all.

Colin Baillie MBE, Chairman of the organising committee said: “We’re delighted that Ernie agreed to be our festival ambassador and to welcome all the teams coming to Inverness. We hope he shall kick-off the proceedings and maybe turn out for some of the games.”

Michie will not be the oldest player at the festival, as oldies stalwart – Alistair Urquhart from Edinburgh is 85. Up to 20 teams will be participating in the festival, with entry free for supporters.

SGO president, Dave McDonald, said: “ I’m most grateful to Colin and his Committee for all the hard work they have done to ensure the success of the festival and I’m delighted that Ernie has agreed to be our ambassador. 

“I wish to thank all the sponsors and event supporters, without whom, these festivals could not happen, as we’re all volunteers, still enjoying the game we love.”

For more information visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/scottishgoldenoldies.