Hawick's greatest ever team

The results are in, the selectors and the public have had their say and the 20 men who have now been selected to complete Hawick's greatest ever team have been announced. 

Looking back over more than 140 years of wonderful exploits from the Green Machine, has thrown up some mouth-watering combinations and has led to some eye-watering debates. 

Jim Renwick (pictured making the tackle) has been chosen in the greatest-ever Hawick team.

Competition entries, to select that team, have flooded in from as far afield as Western Australia, South Africa, Glasgow and England.

Remarkably for a town of 15,000 occupants, there have been nine Lions who have played for the club and that does not include the three men (Burnet,Burnet and Laing)who toured the Antipodes with the first British Isles touring team in 1888.

In truth there could have been two or three fifteens chosen, that would have beaten all before them from the top 50 or so names that the selectors whittled the list down to.

400 caps

Players from championship winning  sides have been selected to grace the team alongside British Lions, brave stalwarts of the club and those who made their names playing rugby league after they left the ranks of the Robbie Dyes. There are over 400 caps between the men selected.

The selectors' experiences, following or playing for Hawick, span back over 80 years but even they had to rely on legends, handed down over the last century, to realise the heroics of some of the great men of Hawick who nobody now living had seen play.

As it is, the team boast players from practically every decade of the last 100 years and is a testament not only to the great players that they were, and are, but to a club who are "more proud, more followed and more successful than any other in Scottish rugby."

The team is as follows:

15 Stuart Hogg
14 Wattie Sutherland
13 Jim Renwick
12 George Stevenson
11 Tony Stanger
10 Colin Telfer
9  Harry Whitaker

8 Sean McGaughey
7 Derrick Grant
6 Dave Valentine
5 Alan Tomes
4 Jock Beattie
3 Doug Davies
2 Colin Deans (captain)
1 Hugh McLeod

16 Norman Suddon
17 Willie Welsh
18 Glen Turnbull
19 David Cranston

Coach:Derrick Grant

There will still be much debate amongst historians and bar tenders, housewives and ex- players, but this is the team that have been honoured tonight at the dinner in their honour that has been held at Mansfield Park, home of the greatest ever Hawick RFC team.