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Rugby on the rise in Scotland

the rugby world cup is inspiring the younger generation to get involved Credit: ITV Border

Its not just in the World Cup that all the rugby action's taking place.

New Scottish Rugby figures show the number of competitive matches played at youth level by Scottish schools and clubs has doubled in the past month compared to September 2014.


Locals rally around to fund their own lifeboat service

The RNLI has closed its St Abbs lifeboat station Credit: ITV Border

Locals are aiming to fund their own independent lifeboat station, at a cost of roughly half a million pounds.

The announcement is the latest chapter in a saga that began when it was announced the RNLI was closing their St Abbs lifeboat service, and has included a large scale campaign to forestall and cease the planned closure.

Although the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, the momentum generated is being directed towards founding another lifeboat service in its place.

Ironically, the RNLI retain the lease on the boathouse so St Abbs community representatives will have to negotiate with them to reach some sort of agreement.

At a packed meeting held on September 13th 2015, all attending voted unanimously in favour of the project which has initially been named St Abbs Lifeboat.

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South Africa beat brave Scotland

South Africa v Scotland. Credit: PA

South Africa 34 - 16 Scotland

A strong performance from South Africa gave them the lead against Scotland at half time, but Scotland have made an excellent start to the second half.

Bismarck du Plessis got the opening try for the Springboks, after a lengthy stoppage by the television match official. Handre Pollard's conversion gave them a seven point lead.

Pollard kicked two penalties to extend the lead, before Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw pulled three points back, bringing it to 13-3.

South Africa tight-head prop Jannie du Plessis then clattered Fraser Brown in the ruck, and was sent to the sin-bin.

The penalty was too far out for Jedburgh's Laidlaw, who fell short.

Then, on the stroke of half time, South Africa's dreaded rolling maul heaved into action.

As the Scots tried desperately to fight back, the ball was moved out the back and JP Pietersen had a simple finish.

The conversion was easy for Pollard, sending the Springboks into the break 20-3 up.

Shortly after the restart scrum-half Greig Laidlaw scored another penalty, and in the 48th minute Tommy Seymour sent St James' Park into raptures, finishing from close range after Duncan Weir embarked on a mazy run after stealing a pass.

Laidlaw converted, but Pollard pulled the Springboks ahead again with a drop goal, taking it to 23-13.

Greig Laidlaw then had a moment to forget, getting a yellow card for pulling down JP Pietersen as he tried to escape down the wing.

But far from panicking, Scotland closed the gap further - Duncan Weir's penalty bringing it back to 23-16.

South Africa hit back instantly with another Pollard penalty restoring the ten point lead, and yet another taking it to 29-16.

Then, in the 72nd minute, South Africa looked to have wrapped up the victory when Habana dived across the line on the left wing, before Scotland could push him into touch.

The Springboks held on to beat Scotland 34-16.


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'Great atmosphere' as Rugby World Cup comes to Newcastle

In around three hours the first Rugby World Cup game in Newcastle kicks off.

Tens of thousands of fans have converged on the city, and police say the atmosphere has been great so far.

Thousands of fans have arrived. Credit: ITV News
There is a queue for the Fanzone. Credit: ITV News
Fans have arrived with flags... and some special outfits. Credit: ITV News
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