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Laidlaw dropped to the bench for Scotland's final test versus Japan

Greig Laidlaw Credit: PA

Former Jedburgh schoolboy Greig Laidlaw has been dropped to the bench for Scotland's second and final test versus Japan this weekend, with Henry Pyrgos taking over the captaincy.

Rory Sutherland, born in Melrose and a former Hawick High School pupil, is moved up to a starting berth, while Stuart Hogg retains his place in the starting XV:

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Carlisle United face Portsmouth in first away fixture

Brunton Park Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United face a 700-mile round trip for their first game of the 2016/2017 season after drawing Portsmouth away from home on Saturday 6th August. Kick-off is 3pm.

Their other August fixtures are:

  • Saturday 13th August- CUFC vs Plymouth 3pm KO
  • Tuesday 16th August- CUFC vs Cheltenham 7.45pm KO
  • Saturday 20th August- Cambridge vs CUFC 3pm KO
  • Saturday 27th August- Barnet vs CUFC- 3pm KO

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Chance to meet Queen of the South stars

Queen of the South Credit: QoS

Fans of Queen of the South are being given the chance to meet the players for a chat and photo opportunity.

The team's stars will be at the Plainstanes near Midsteeple in Dumfries town centre on Saturday 25th June between 10.30am and 11.30am.

The event coincides with the club joining forces with the Midsteeple Box Office who will now be selling match day tickets for league games- allowing fans to buy tickets in advance.

Scotland name three Borders players in squad to face Japan

Scotland have named three players from the Scottish Borders in their match-day squad for Saturday's test opener in Japan.

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw are both in the starting XV, with the latter captaining the side.

Rory Sutherland, born in Melrose and a former Hawick High School pupil, is providing cover for Alasdair Dixon on the bench:

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Carlisle Olympic-hopeful raises concerns over Sheepmount Stadium repairs

Tom Farrell Credit: PA

Olympic hopeful Tom Farrell is criticising the amount of time it is taking to re-open the Sheepmount Stadium.

He's having to use a track in Annan because the Carlisle site has been shut since it was damaged by floods.

Carlisle City Council says it's a complex task but some facilties could be re-opened in the next few weeks.

It's disappointing when they've had a long time to sort it out and the development of kids is so important. Without Border Harriers I wouldn't be where I am today.

– Tom Farrell
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