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Ford delighted as Borderers shine in Scotland rugby win

Scottish Borders rugby player Ross Ford has spoke of his delight, after Scotland beat France in the Six Nations for the first time in 10 years.

Four players from the south of Scotland were involved: Ford, Greig Laidlaw who captained the side, Stuart Hogg, and Alex Dunbar from Dumfries.

Hogg was particularly impressive, scoring a first-half try, kicking a huge 54-metre penalty, and flicking a pass over his head to set up Scotland's final try.

Ross Ford, from Kelso, says the team is heading in the right direction:

Credit to the squad. We have worked hard for the pre-season before the World Cup. We carried that into the World Cup and we have come back and we work again trying to improve.

Everybody keeps getting better and we should be confident in our ability but we won't get carried away with ourselves. We have to stay grounded and look at areas where we can improve."

– Ross Ford

Cumbria Police sergeant scores winning try as England beat Ireland

Sergeant Lee Brumpton Credit: Cumbria Police

A Cumbria Police sergeant has scored the winning try to secure victory for England's police rugby union team, over Ireland.

Sergeant Lee Brumpton, who is based in Carlisle, scored a try in the last five minutes against the Ireland Combined Services in a 25-22 victory in Belfast.

The victory came on the same weekend that the full England team won the Six Nations, having beaten Wales and seen Scotland topple France.

I am delighted to have been able to make an important contribution in such a tight contest. Our team were putting plenty of late pressure on the Irish and thankfully I was able to capitalise on the opportunity and do Cumbria proud.”

– Sergeant Lee Brumpton

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Hogg named Man of the Match at Murrayfield

Credit: PA

Stuart Hogg was named Man of the Match in Scotland's 29-18 win over France at Murrayfield.

The Hawick full-back gave an excellent all-round performance during the Six Nations clash, and he was instrumental in creating Tim Visser's crucial try.

Captain Greig Laidlaw, from Galashiels, was elated at the final whistle. He lead his team out for the 25th time as Captain, earning his 50th Cap in doing so.

Alex Dunbar from Dumfries and Kelso's Ross Ford were also part of the team, who beat the French for the first time in 10 years.

The result now means Scotland could finish third in the championship, if they beat Ireland in their final game next weekend.

Carlisle rugby club homeless for the rest of the season

Carlisle Rugby Club are most likely to be homeless for the rest of the season as their pitch remains unplayable after the floods wrecked their grounds last month.

Members have to decide whether or not to demolish the current site which could cost around a million pounds.

Their head coach says the team aren't too demoralised though.

"You know the lads are working hard and they're proud to be from Carlisle to be fair, they don't want any other message to be sent out to the wider community than that and the community as a whole has rallied round. The offers of support from throughout the rugby community has been immense."

– Gary Hewer, Head Coach, Carlisle Rugby Club

RWC: Scotland's Ford and Gray have bans overturned

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."

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Carlisle officer named rugby captain for England police

Sergeant Lee Brumpton Credit: Cumbria Police

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.”

– Sergeant Lee Brumpton

The next game will take place on 8 November 2015 against the England Deaf Rugby Union Team in Nottingham.

Kelso's Scottish Rugby player banned from World Cup

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.

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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