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."
A Cumbria Police officer has been appointed vice-captain of the England Police Rugby Union Team.
Sergeant Lee Brumpton, who is based in Carlisle, was appointed vice-captain following his performance against the Australia Police Rugby Union Team on 10 October 2015.
Lee started at number 8 against the Aussies in the clash that took place at Imber Court sports ground in south west London.
Australia won 21-18... but Sergeant Brumpton made a strong enough impression to win the armband:
I am delighted to have been named vice-captain, playing rugby is a passion of mine and to be selected for your country is a great honour.
Further fixtures against Police Scotland, the England Deaf Rugby Union Team and Ireland Police have been lined up and I am looking forward to them.
I was called up for the Australia game after being selected from a pool of 100 players who were nominated by colleagues. The match against the Aussies was a tough encounter and we were unlucky to lose, hopefully we can find a few wins in the upcoming games.”
The next game will take place on 8 November 2015 against the England Deaf Rugby Union Team in Nottingham.
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.
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.
Former Hawick Rugby Club player Stuart Hogg has been given high praise by the club's President.
Full-back Hogg, who's now considered one of Scotland's key players, spent many years playing for his home club.
He remains a huge supporter, along with his family, and when he's not playing for the Glasgow Warriors he tries to get along to watch the men in Green.
President of Hawick RFC, Ross Cameron, says the whole town is extremely proud of their "local hero."
Scotland have qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after a 36-33 Pool B victory over Samoa in Newcastle.
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!"
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It's all eyes on the big screen in Hawick as they prepare to cheer on local hero Stuart Hogg and the rest of the Scotland squad.
The Borders fans have been joined by 25 All Black supporters who've been touring the UK with their rugby group.