A CHARITY rugby match in memory of former Earlston player Stewart ‘Rambo’ Ramage who was tragically killed in a crash on the A68 near St Boswells aged just 27 earlier this year will be held at the Haugh on Saturday August 13 2022.

The event is being organised by his close friend and teammate Mark Stewart and all money raised will be divided between two worthwhile causes, road safety charity Brake and Blood Bikes Scotland.

The match will be between Earlston and a Rambo select and entry will be by bucket donation.

The match will kick-off at 3pm, on a day but events start at 1pm and will feature a charity auction, bouncy castle, birds of prey, ice-cream van, burger van and popular singer George Inglis performing live from 5.30 to 7pm.

Mark Stewart (left) and Stewart Ramsay are pictured on Mark's wedding day.Stewart Ramsay - Photo Police Scotland

Mark told us: “Stewart was just a tremendous out and out good guy who was very family orientated. He adored his girlfriend Steph and two daughters Grace (4) and Ava (1) and his mum and dad. If you phoned him to do something for you he’d be there within an hour. He would bend over backwards to help you.

“We played together at Earlston. He started as a winger but moved to number 6 in the back row and we just hit it off and became really close friends.

“His nickname was Rambo so I will will captain the Rambo Select team and we hope to have a few older players like Euan Scott and Scott Raeburn from Jedburgh and a couple of old Melrose stalwarts, Alistair Fairbairn and Grant Gibson, in the squad.

“There will also be an auction with a number of signed jerseys from top players and other top donations. The full package will be released on the Earlston 7s facebook page on Saturday July 30. There will also be charity buckets at the ground on the day.

“Earlston is more than a rugby club. They are a family club and make everyone feel part of things and they will be providing pre match hospitality for Stewart’s family on the day.

“I chose the charities because Brake has been supporting Stewart’s family and Blood Bikes Scotland because Stewart wanted to volunteer with them.

“As well as being a memorial for Stewart I think the day will help us all with the grieving process and if I can see a smile on the faces of Grace and Ava on the bouncy castle, that will make my day. That’s what it’s all about.”