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Scotland fans flock to Newcastle for Rugby World Cup

Thousands of Scotland fans have crossed the border to support their team today... against the might of the Springboks.

They've converged on Newcastle, and confidence is high ahead to the clash which could see their team through to the quarter finals.

Scotland fans are out in force. Credit: ITV News
The Fanzone is filling up quickly. Credit: ITV News


Hundreds of Scottish fans to march through Newcastle

The fans will converge on Newcastle. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of Scotland fans, many of them from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, are expected to march through Newcastle today to support their team.

Scotland take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, and could qualify for the quarter finals if they upset the odds and win today.

Around 400 fans are expected to parade from Scotland House to St James' Park, led by a traditional Scottish piper.


'Old school' battle between Curle and Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham and Keith Curle. Credit: PA

Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle says he's looking forward to taking Teddy Sheringham on... as a manager.

The Blues' boss made the comments on the club's website, and he also addressed rumours about local striker Grant Holt:

I came up against Teddy many years ago when I was starting my career in the top flight. I went to Wimbledon when he was at Millwall. They were flying high and doing very well at the time.

We had some fantastic battles. He was up front with Tony Cascarino and I was beside Eric Young. With that you had four good professionals who had a good understanding of the game. All four of us had strengths and weaknesses but none us could be accused of shying away from challenges or of backing away from any situation.

Teddy definitely wasn’t shy about leaving a stud on you. The good thing about him was that he could take a challenge as well. He would never whinge and moan about it. If you did give him a kick you could guarantee you would get one back, and you don’t mind that.

He would take a knock, get up and come back for more the next time. I think you’d describe us as proper old school. Times have changed now because if someone gets a twisted sock they’re down for five minutes and they need attention from the medical people.”

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

On Grant Holt:

A few people have mentioned his name. It’s one where you would never say never, and you never say no. I’d need to watch him myself and see where he’s at.

He’s played a few under-21 games recently and he’s experienced enough to know those games are purely for him to get match-sharpness back up to speed.

I’ve got respect for Grant Holt. I’ve played against him and I know what he offers. As with any player, I’d need to see him myself so I could see where he is physically and mentally. We need players here who fit into the ethos of what we’re trying to create at the football club. No player will walk into this club if I didn’t think it was right for the team.”

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

CUFC: spirits high despite Jabo injury

Carlisle United are in League Two action away at Stevenage Borough tomorrow.

The Blues know a win could move them into the play-off places.

Having secured ten points from their last five league games, striker Charlie Wyke says spirits and confidence are high despite top scorer Jabo Ibehre being out with a hamstring injury:

Well I think the gaffer's brought a few good players in, obviously Jabo's here and there's Angelo and people like that, but I think that all together the group's tighter knit now and everybody just gets along with each other and it's just a positive place to be at the minute.

Obviously Jabo's been great since he's been here and he's got ten goals already.

He's gonna be a big miss but I think we've got players in Derek, Riggy, and even the new lads Alex, they can fit in and score some goals."

– Charlie Wyke, Carlisle United

South of Scotland league fixtures

This weekend's South of Scotland League fixtures (3pm kick offs):

  • Abbey Vale v Lochar Thistle
  • Creetown v Upper Annandale
  • Crichton v Newton Stewart
  • Dumfries Ymca v Fleet Star
  • Edusport Academy v Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • Nithsdale Wanderers v Mid Annandale

Tuesday 6th October 2015:

  • Newton Stewart v Crichton - Kick Off 7.30pm

Wednesday 7th October 2015:

  • Abbey Vale v Upper Annandale
  • Edusport Academy v Nithsdale Wanderers
  • Heston Rovers v Creetown
  • Mid Annandale v Fleet Star
  • St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dumfries Ymca

Carlisle snowboarder makes Olympics team

Rory Ewart. Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle snowboarder is hoping to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics after securing a place in the British team.

Rory Ewart, 26, has been snowboarding since he was 14, and ever since it's been his dream to make it to the Olympics.

He knows it's going to take hard work on and off the slopes:

I've got three years of hard training on and off the slopes, though I've got a brother who is a personal trainer, he's going to keep me on the right path."

– Rory Ewart
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