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Melrose rugby player Sam Chalmers faces doping allegations

Melrose RFC's Sam Chalmers is to due to face an International Rugby Board hearing this week, after allegedly testing positive for a banned substance.

The 19 year old, who is the son of former Scotland international Craig Chalmers, did not take part in Melrose's premiership match this weekend.

Scottish Rugby Union and the International Rugby Board have both declined to comment on the allegations until after the hearing.

Scottish Borders Rugby: weekend round-up

All three Borders Premiership teams were in action at home this weekend. Gala beat Currie 31-14.

Stuart Cameron reports on the match (pictures courtesy of Borders Rugby TV):

Results from the other two Premiership matches played in the Borders:

Melrose 30-13 Heriot's

Hawick 23-16 Aberdeen Grammar

RBS National League results:

Kelso 27-24 Selkirk

Watsonians 44-22 Peebles



Stuart Hogg models new Scotland rugby shirt

Hawick's Stuart Hogg helped model the new Scotland rugby shirt earlier today, August 1. Credit: ITV News Border

British Lions star Stuart Hogg helped to unveil the new Scotland rugby shirt earlier today.

The player, from Hawick, modelled the strip for the press in East Lothian. The shirt will make its first appearance in the game against Japan at Murrayfield in November.

Hawick's Stuart Hogg, far right, helped model the new Scotland rugby shirt earlier today, August 1. Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's Twickenham joy

Aspatria pitch at 1.15pm Credit: David Nattrass
Farmers, agricultural contractors and club members worked tirelessly to clear the pitch Credit: David Nattrass

Cumbria are preparing for a trip to the home of rugby-Twickenham- after a dramatic County Shield victory over Warwickshire in the semi-finals.

Cumbria won 13 - 11 on a rain soaked Aspatria pitch.

Cumbria celebrates as a Warwickshire player sinks to ground in despair Credit: David Nattrass

Cumbria are hoping it will be a case of third time lucky when they face Surrey on Sunday- as the opposition have won the last two semi-finals in 2011 and 2012.

Neil Warnock cuts inside the covering scrum half for 1st try Credit: David Nattrass
Neil Warnock scores 1st try Credit: David Nattrass

Full report: Hogg praised by early mentors

Stuart Hogg's selection for the British and Irish Lions has been causing a buzz in his home town of Hawick.

The 20-year-old is the youngest member of Warren Gatland's squad to tour Australia this summer.

His inclusion is the talk of his old school where some of his even younger fans cannot wait to see him in action on Rugby's biggest stage.

Ryan Dollard reports:

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