Rugby players put Kintyre on the map

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A joint schools’ rugby team in its first year has lined up with the best.

In a historic match, on Tuesday, South Argyll Schools won the Scottish Schools Bowl semi-final guaranteeing them a Murrayfield date.

For once Campbeltown’s star, Kyle Colville, a top Pupils U16 footballer, was not penalised for using his hands and proved he is equally adept, at sidestepping the opposition, with an oval ball.

Back in January the Courier was reporting how Kyle had made a great run to open the scoring for the U16 Pupils.

His two tries on Tuesday were in the same tradition.

The players from Kintyre are carrying the torch for a proud rugby tradition which has suffered its fair share of ups and downs.

During Machrihanish base’s heyday there were RAF teams, as well as an active Kintyre Rugby Club, playing many fixtures across the west of Scotland.

Perhaps the low point in Kintyre ruby came 19 years ago, in 1999, when Kintyre Rugby Club was de-registered at the Scottish Rugby Union.

The current players should be jumping higher than in any line-out.