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Borders rugby great announces retirement

Kelly Brown Credit: PA

Former Scotland rugby captain Kelly Brown has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The back-rower's career flourished with Melrose RFC as an 18-year-old, before he went on to play for the Borders Reivers, Glasgow Warriors, Saracens and Scotland.

The 34-year-old earned 64 caps for Scotland and captained the side on 14 occasions.

"I always knew this day would come and it seems like only yesterday i was pulling on the black and yellow of Melrose RFC.

"I have played for four clubs who i care deeply about and to have been able to captain my country is an honour that ill always cherish.

"I've been lucky to have been able to live my dream for 13 years and now i'm privileged to be able to help others do the same."

– Kelly Brown

Fellow rugby players have been paying tribute to Brown's career on social media, including 2017 Six Nations Player of the Tournament, Stuart Hogg.

WATCH: Hawick rugby club appoint new head coach

Hawick Rugby Club have announced that Darren Cunningham will be their new Head Coach.

Cunningham has been in charge of Jedforest and Kelso in recent times, but replacing Nikki Walker at Hawick could be his biggest challenge yet.

Hawick's future in the Premiership league is uncertain, as they finished second from bottom this season.

They have to beat Edinburgh Accies in a play-off match on 29 April at Lasswade, to survive in the top flight of Scottish Club Rugby.

Cunningham told ITV Border of his pride at being given the Hawick job, and said he wants to make them a "dominant force" once again.

Carlisle captain leads England to victory over Scotland

Sgt Lee Brumpton Credit: Cumbria Police

A Cumbrian officer has led the England Police Rugby Union team to victory over their Scottish counterparts.

Sgt Lee Brumpton captained the side to an 14-10 victory, on 29 March 2017 at Lochinch Rugby Club in Glasgow.

He was joined by fellow Cumbrian PCs Stuart Graham and Fergus Ledingham, who were also in the match day squad of 23.

It was a really good competitive match played in great spirit.

What made the victory all the sweeter was that it was their first defeat in four years.

Everyone involved feels pride representing their country and their respective police force.

– Sgt Lee Brumpton

Teenagers injured in Penrith rugby matches

A 13-year-old boy was injured in one of the incidents. Credit: GNAAS

Two teenagers have been airlifted to hospital after being injured in separate rugby matches in Penrith on the same day.

In the first incident, a 13-year-old boy was injured by a tackle in a game at around 2pm on Saturday 1 April.

He was assessed and treated by the Great North Air Ambulance before being flown to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with a neck injury that is not thought to be life threatening.

Around two hours later an 18-year-old man was hurt in a collapsed scrum at a separate rugby match, also in Penrith.

He was flown to hospital in Middlesbrough with serious neck and spinal injuries, where he is said to be in a stable condition.


Special sausages made for Melrose Rugby Club

The sausages have been made in the team's colours. Credit: ITV Border

Players and staff at Melrose rugby club have been treated to a feast of black and yellow sausages, ahead of the famous Melrose Sevens tournament.

The sausages were produced by the local Scottish Women's Institute, and are made from black pudding and pineapple, in line with the team's colours.

Sevens is a really big deal here at Melrose and around Scotland and it's good, not just the community getting behind the sevens but the community getting behind the club as well.

– Russell Anderson, Melrose RFC

South of Scotland stars named in Six Nations squad

Stuart Hogg. Credit: PA

Three players from the south of Scotland will be in Six Nations action on Saturday.

Hawick's Stuart Hogg, Dumfries's Alex Dunbar and Kelso veteran Ross Ford have been named in the starting line up to take on Italy at Murrayfield.

Skipper Greig Laidlaw, who is from Jedburgh, misses the game through injury.

The full Scotland team. Credit: ITV Border

Jed-Forest secures £50k investment for club improvements

Credit: Jedburgh Forest

Jed-Forest has secured a portion of a £1.6million fund, set up to invest in club improvements across Scottish rugby teams over four years.

The club will receive £50,000 for clubhouse development, including modernising their changing rooms, toilets, gym and entrance.

Funding from Scottish Rugby and BT worth over £217,000 will be shared across six clubs following first and second round investments, bringing the total project costs to over £12million across 97 clubs.

We know what a difference these grants make to local clubs, their members, players and the communities around them. It’s a privilege to be involved in supporting club rugby in Scotland in such a tangible way.”

– Brendan Dick, BT Scotland Director
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