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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

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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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Teenager airlifted after Kewick Rugby Club roof fall

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A 15-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after falling through a roof at Keswick Rugby Club.

It's believed the teenager was trying to retrieve a ball when he fell 10 feet through the roof.

The incident happened just before 6pm on Tuesday 23rd August.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service were called to the scene where the boy was treated for a head injury before being transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary.

He's said to be in a stable condition.

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Strong Borders contingent in Scottish rugby squad

Stuart Hogg was named Six Nations Player of the Championship. Credit: PA

Five players from the South of Scotland have been named in the Scottish rugby squad for their summer tour of Japan.

Captain Greig Laidlaw, from Jedburgh, is named as scrum-half, while Hawick's Stuart Hogg is the squad's full-back.

Hooker Ross Ford from Kelso is also in the team, while Alex Dunbar, from Dumfries, is one of three centres.

Rory Sutherland, originally from Hawick, is named as a prop.

Police urge responsible drinking at Melrose Sevens

This year's event takes place on Saturday 9th April Credit: ITV Border

Police in the Scottish Borders are asking visitors attending this year's Melrose Sevens to drink responsibly.

The tournament takes place between Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April and every year the event attracts thousands of rugby fans.

Officers say they've been working with bar staff and door stewards ahead of the Sevens to remind employees of their licensing responsibilities.

Police Scotland say they'll be focusing on tackling underage drinking and anyone under the age of 18 who is found either within the rugby ground, on the street or within a licensed premises consuming alcohol will have their drink taken from them and may face further police action.

“This is always a really exciting time for Melrose, with several fantastic sevens teams taking part in the world-renowned tournament and thousands of spectators coming from all over to visit the area.

“We know from previous experience that our licensed premises in Melrose are well-frequented during this weekend and while the overwhelming majority of the public know their limits and behave appropriately, a small minority find themselves involved in incidents of violence and disorder that often stem from drinking too much.

“Local officers will be out on high-visibility patrols throughout the tournament to engage with the community and deter any criminal activity and we have already done a lot of work with the licensed premises within Melrose as part of our commitment to reduce alcohol-related offences.

“This will undoubtedly be an excellent weekend of rugby and the Scottish Borders provides a beautiful setting for enjoying the night-time economy but please make sure your weekend is memorable for all the right reasons.

– Mike Bennett, Police Scotland

Gala 7's draw announced

The draw for the annual Gala 7s was made on Saturday.

The Borders tournament, now in its 125th year, sees professional sides Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby make an appearance for the first time in their history.

The tournament will kick off at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd April at Netherdale. The full draw is as follows:

  • Pool 1 - Gala/Edinburgh Accies/Peebles
  • Pool 2 - Jed-Forest/Selkirk/Hawick
  • Pool 3 - Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonions/Melrose
  • Pool 4 - Glasgow Warriors/Boroughmuir/Kelso
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