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Rugby legend receives honorary fellowship in Borders

Chris Paterson in action against Italy Credit: PA

Rugby legend Christopher Paterson is receiving an honorary fellowship from the Borders College at a ceremony later today.

He is the only Scottish player to have played in four Rugby World Cups and holds the record for world cup appearances.

He retired from international rugby in December 2011, shortly after the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and as a professional player in May 2012.


Rugby player banned after positive drugs test

The son of former Scottish international Craig Chalmers has been banned from the game for two years after admitting using prohibited substances.

19-year-old Melrose Utility Back Sam Chalmers has described his actions as "stupid, naive and desperate."

He tested positive for anabolic steroids at a Scotland Under-20's training session in May.

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
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