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Dumfries rugby player in north pole challenge

A Dumfries rugby player is preparing for a match that he says will be unlike any he has played in his life so far.

Andrew Walker is part of a group who are about to head to the North Pole, hoping to set a new world record for the most northerly rugby match in history.

They’ll be playing in temperatures of around -40 to raise money for the Wooden Spoon children’s charity.


Sevens tickets selling fast

Every year the Melrose Sevens tournament attracts thousands of people into the sleepy Border's town.

Ticket sales can often vary, depending on the weather. However, this year has already seen a huge demand for tickets to the games and the after-party.

"This year we've already seen an excellent response to ticket sales.

"Our stands are sold out, however ground tickets will be available at the gate if somebody just rocks up and appears, we're more than happy to sell them a ticket at the gate."

– Douglas Hardie, Melrose Rugby Club

Melrose Sevens week underway

Preparations are well underway at The Greenyards Credit: ITV News Border

The official countdown has began for the 2015 Melrose Sevens tournament.

This year will see the 125th playing of the sevens, with guest teams coming from South Africa and Germany.

It's the oldest sevens tournament in the world, and attracts crowds of up to 15,000 every year.

The tournament was the brainchild of Melrose butcher Ned Haig, who held the first ever sevens in 1883. The seven-a-side game is now considered the fastest growing team sport in the world and will be included in the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Town and Warriors to partner in 2015

Wigan Warriors will again partner with Championship side rugby team Workington Town during 2015.

Players from the Wigan team will head to Workington throughout the season to gain vital experience.

Last year several Wigan players including Greg Burke, Connor Farrell and Lewis Tierney spent time at the Cumbria club.

Workington Town will face Wigan Warriors in a friendly on 1st February next year, the final warm-up game ahead of the new Super League season.

"We are delighted that we will be continuing our partnership with Workington Town for the 2015 season.

We have had a number of partnerships over the years but this has undoubtedly been the best. It has been a reciprocal relationship that has seen us both benefit. The main thing for us is that the players have been looked after and have enjoyed playing for the town. We are very comfortable trusting Workington with our players and have certainly seen an improve in those that played there in 2014."

– Wigan Warriors Rugby General Manager, Kris Radlinski
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