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Rugby World Cup coming to Cumbria

Children in Jedburgh pose with the Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV Border

The Rugby World Cup trophy is back in the region today on its pre-tournament journey round Britain and Ireland.

The Webb Ellis Cup, which visited the Scottish Borders last month, is being taken to the summit of Scafell Pike and then on to Workington Rugby Club.


N-ice pass - rugby match at Magnetic North Pole

Two men from the south of Scotland will be on top of the world this evening - when they play a rugby match at the Magnetic North Pole.

Andrew Walker from Closeburn and adventurer Jock Wishart from Dumfries, are set to become World Record-breakers with the game they're taking part in being the most northerly rugby match of all time.

The Arctic Rugby Challenge has seen eleven challengers from across the UK, including Andrew and Jock, reach the Magnetic North Pole after five days of trekking across the Arctic sea ice alongside their support team of polar guides.

Rugby practice in the Arctic Credit: Arctic Rugby Challenge

After sleeping, the teams will get up to ready an area of ice as a rugby pitch.

A plane carrying Lee Mears, the former England hooker, and a small group of supporters is set to fly in later today. Lee will be the official match referee for the challengers’ world record setting rugby game.

The plane will also be bringing specially constructed rugbyposts (designed to be light weight and portable in a small aircraft).

The challenge is hoping to raise over £300,000 for WoodenSpoon, the children’s charity of rugby supporting disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the UK and Ireland.

Trekking to the Magnetic North Pole Credit: Arctic Rugby Challenge

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.

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