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Former Scotland captain Gary Callander dies aged 62

By PA
(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Former Scotland captain Gary Callander has died at the age 62. Callander, who had been living with pancreatic cancer, made six international appearances, skippering the team on five of those occasions.

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He also captained Kelso, whose president Scott Forbes, as they announced Callander’s death on Sunday, said his “contribution to the history of the club cannot be overstated”.

With Callander as skipper, Kelso claimed a first Border League title in 50 years in the 1985-86 season.

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He subsequently led the club to the Scottish First Division Championship in 1987-88.

Callander also won secured five Melrose Sevens winners’ medals with the club.

Forbes added in Kelso’s statement on their website: “He was a captain, leader and an outstanding rugby player. He will be sorely missed by his ‘rugby family’.

“Our thoughts are with Gary’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. May he rest in peace.”

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