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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.

High praise for Hogg from Hawick RFC President

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."

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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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Rugby fans backing Scottish Borders star

Rugby fans watching Scotland v Samoa in Hawick Credit: ITV

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.

Rugby World Cup: Scotland team arrive at St James' Park

Thousands of Scottish rugby fans have descended on Newcastle for their team's final pool match against Samoa.

Victory will guarantee Scotland a place in the quarter-finals.

Coverage of Scotland v Samoa starts at 2pm on ITV.

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Scotland 80 minutes from place in quarter-finals

Thousands of Scotland fans are expected to travel to St James' Park today Credit: ITV News

Scotland are just hours away from a game which could see them reach the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

The men in blue take on Samoa in their final pool match at St James' Park in Newcastle.

Three Borderers are once again in the squad, with Greig Laidlaw captaining his side. In their match against South Africa, full-back Stuart Hogg and hooker Ross Ford were taken off with injuries.

However, they will both start for Scotland today after being given the all-clear by team medics.

Thousands of Scotland fans are already on their way to Newcastle to support their team, knowing that a win will secure them a place in the quarter-finals.

Their opponents, Samoa, cannot qualify and will be without one of their key players, Alesana Tuilagi, who's been suspended for foul play.

ITV coverage begins at 2pm with kick-off at 2.30pm.

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