Former Birkmyre youth player, Rhu Hart, made his 1st XV debut for Glasgow Warriors on Saturday night in their 40-7 United Rugby Championship win at home to Dragons.

Rhu’s rugby career started at Birkmyre in Primary 4 and he remained with the club until U15/16 age group. He developed his basic skills at the club and grew as a player competing through the age groups. In 2019, he captained the Birkmyre side who took park in the Hilversum Rugby Tournament in the Netherlands.

This is a annual tournament that attracts clubs from across the UK, Europe and as far away as South Africa. He also led the club to win the West Region Shield.

Glasgow Warriors have been recognising the clubs the players started their careers at in recent weeks. As a mark or respect and recognition, the players wore their original clubs socks during the match on Saturday meaning Rhu was wearing the red & white of Birkmyre.

Rhu, from Lochwinnoch, also attended Glasgow Academy and progressed through the SRU’s Pathway Programme, ultimately signing for Glasgow Warriors and also playing for Glasgow Hawks as part of his development. As well as making his Warriors debut from the bench on Saturday, he is in his second and final year of playing for Scotland U20s and is currently one of the vice-captain’s of their 6 Nations squad.

Stuart Cruickshank, one of Rhu’s former coaches at Birkmyre commented “we are all immensely proud of Rhu and what he has achieved. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get to where he has and we are delighted that we were able to start him on his journey at Birkmyre”

By Stuart Cruickshank

Stuart Cruickshank is a member of Birkmyre RFC and writes and shares match reports for his club.

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