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Hogg 'gutted' by Scotland Rugby World Cup exit

Scotland's Stuart Hogg is left dejected after the final whistle Credit: Press Association

Scotland star Stuart Hogg says he's 'gutted' to be heading home from the Rugby World Cup.

The Hawick-born fullback played in Scotland's controversial 34-35 quarter-final defeat to Australia at Twickenham yesterday and Tweeted his disappointment this morning about his side's heartbreaking exit.

Scotland led the thrilling encounter until a controversial penalty in the 79th minute, awarded after referee Craig Joubert called a deliberate offside when replays seemed to indicate the ball had come off an Australian, gave the Wallabies victory.

Rugby players past and present have been taking to social media to show their support for Scotland and criticise Joubert.

England's World Cup winning scrum-half Matt Dawson branded Joubert a "disgrace" while former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers said it was a "shocking penalty call".

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400 children play rugby in Sedbergh

As Scotland gears up to face Australia in the Rugby World Cup, 400 ten and eleven-year olds are playing a rugby tournament in Sedbergh.

Around 800 people are expected at Sedbergh School to watch more than 40 teams compete from all over the North West and Yorkshire.

The school hopes it'll encourage more young people to be inspired by the UK hosting the Rugby World Cup and get into the sport.

“The event ran for the first time last year. The advantage is that it brings clubs from all over the North of England, offering a unique experience of playing rugby at one of the most historic, successful rugby schools in the country, playing against and mixing with teams they would not necessarily play at any other time. There is no trophy just a fun festival aimed at participation rather than winners and losers.”

– Jason Duffy, Sedbergh School development coach, and England U16 Coach

RWC: Scotland's Ford and Gray have bans overturned

Scotland have been handed a boost ahead of their quarter final clash with Australia in the rugby world cup on Sunday.

Kelso's Ross Ford and teammate Jonny Gray have had their three-week suspension lifted and are able to play with immediate effect, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.

The pair were given the bans fo a joint tackle during last week's win over Samoa.

In a surprise move, World Rugby disciplinary bosses have now overturned the suspension - freeing up both met to run out at Twickenham. But, having prepared all week with Ford's understudy hooker Fraser Brown and back-up second-rower Tim Swinson, Cotter now has to decide whether to re-jig his team with just 24 hours to go before kick-off. A spokesman for the Dark Blues would only say: "Both Ross and Jonny are available to play and the Scotland team are considering their options."

Scotland announce team to face Australia

Scotland have announced their team for the Rugby World Cup clash with Australia.

Greig Laidlaw will captain the side, while Stuart Hogg also keeps his place.

But fellow Borderer Ross Ford has been banned for a dangerous tackle against Samoa:

Kelso's Scottish Rugby player banned from World Cup

Ross Ford from Kelso and his teammate Jonny Gray have been banned from playing rugby for three weeks after making a dangerous tackle during their encounter with Samoa last Saturday.

This means the hooker and lock will miss Scotland's quarter-final game against Australia.

Stuart Cameron has this report.

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RWC: Ross Ford and Jonny Gray suspended

Ross Ford will be in the shadows for the rest of the World Cup Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scotland rugby players Jonny Gray and Ross Ford, who's from the Borders, have been banned from playing rugby by the RFU for three weeks after making dangerous tackles against Samoa last Saturday. This means they will miss the rest of the tournament, including a quarter-final game against Australia on Sunday.

Hooker Ford and lock Gray were punished for their two-man tip-tackle on Samoa flanker Jack Lam.

They have 48 hours to challenge the ruling or face missing out on the rest of Scotland's campaign.

A spokesman for the national team said they were "disappointed" by Judicial Officer Christopher Quinlan QC's decision, adding: "We will consider carefully the full written judgement before making a decision on any future action."

Both Ford and Gray denied committing an act of foul play.

Scotland celebrate after securing quarter-finals spot

Kiwis praise British rugby hospitality

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins Credit: ITV Border

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins are watching the Scotland vs Samoa game at Hawick Rugby Club as part of their Rugby World Cup tour.

The couple are from New Zealand and are supporting Scotland and the All Blacks during the tournament.

They are personal friends of Scotland player Sean Maitland, who is originally from the North Island in New Zealand.

"It's been absolutely fantastic to be part of this year's Rugby World Cup. The atmosphere has been fantastic every where we've been and the people have been so friendly.

"We're having a great time cheering on Scotland who are our favourite team after the All Blacks of course!"

– Cheryl and Neville Hawkins
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