Melrose have spoke of their disappointment at the news that they are being withdrawn from the British & Irish Cup.
Changes to the structure of the competition has seen Melrose and Gala both being withdrawn from the competition alongside Ayr and Heriot’s.
The Scottish Rugby Union have said playing six games at that time of the season would compromise the integrity of the BT Scottish Premiership competition.
"While we are disappointed we recognise we have to maintain the quality and integrity of our own BT Premiership competition."
Gala Head Coach George Graham regrets the missed opportunity for his players who will not now be playing rugby at that higher level next season.
The Scottish Rugby Union have withdrawn Melrose and Gala from the British & Irish Cup competition.
Ayr and Heriot’s have also been withdrawn after talks broke down between Scotland and the other three home unions.
The B&I Cup will be restructured next season, with six games set to be played before Christmas.
The SRU have said playing six games at that time of the season would compromise the integrity of the BT Scottish Premiership competition.
Tributes have been paid to one of the greatest rugby players ever to come out of Hawick. Hugh McLeod died last night at the age of 81.
Stuart Cameron looks back on the life of one of the giants of the game:
Scottish rugby legend Hugh McLeod has passed away aged 81.
Throughout his career he played for Scotland, the Barbarians, the British Lions, and his home club Hawick RFC.
McLeod captained Scotland 40 times between 1954 and 1962. He retired aged 29 because, as he said, "forty is a nice round figure."
At Hawick RFC, he was nicknamed the 'Hawick hardman', reflecting his performance on the field. He later became president.
Current Hawick president, Rory Bannerman, said:
"He was... a legend throughout the rugby world. He will be a well missed figure cycling up and down the High Street in Hawick where you didn't want to get in his way just like on the field. Hugh was probably the greatest ever player to pull on the green jersey for Hawick."
Rugby Sevens was founded in Melrose back in 1883 and is now played internationally
The idea of the sevens tournament.was thought up by Melrose-based butcher, Ned Haig, as a means to generate more cash for the rugby club.
Melrose Sevens was first played at The Greenyards, Melrose Rugby Club's home ground, where it is still played today. This year is the 124th tournament.
St Boswells Rugby Team have put a few bad years behind them and gone on a glorious winning run.
A few years ago they were in such a bad place that they lost one gameby 200 points!
But on Saturday they play against Glenrothes when a win willput them into the Final of the National Bowl competition.
The circumstances couldn't have been more dramatic as Melrose were crowned champions of the Premiership. They needed to win and hope their old rivals Gala slipped up.
Melrose kept their side of the bargain, but their game finished first so there was a nail-biting wait as they listened to the closing moments of the match involving Gala.
Stuart Cameron reports.
It's the third title win in four years for Melrose. They were crowned champions of the RBS Premiership at the weekend after beating Currie 26-10.
Gala missed out on the title by just one point with a 34-33 defeat at home to Ayr.
Melrose v Currie and Gala v Ayr will settle the fate of the Scottish Premiership. Gala are two points ahead going into the final round of games but the title could well be decided on the bonus point situation on the final day.
It is thirty-one years since Gala last lifted the trophy, Melrose are aiming for their third title in four years.
Gala have a two point advantage going into the last weekend of the season. Stuart Cameron met both coaches ahead of the biggest games of their seasons.