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Kiwis praise British rugby hospitality

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins Credit: ITV Border

Cheryl and Neville Hawkins are watching the Scotland vs Samoa game at Hawick Rugby Club as part of their Rugby World Cup tour.

The couple are from New Zealand and are supporting Scotland and the All Blacks during the tournament.

They are personal friends of Scotland player Sean Maitland, who is originally from the North Island in New Zealand.

"It's been absolutely fantastic to be part of this year's Rugby World Cup. The atmosphere has been fantastic every where we've been and the people have been so friendly.

"We're having a great time cheering on Scotland who are our favourite team after the All Blacks of course!"

– Cheryl and Neville Hawkins


Scotland 80 minutes from place in quarter-finals

Thousands of Scotland fans are expected to travel to St James' Park today Credit: ITV News

Scotland are just hours away from a game which could see them reach the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

The men in blue take on Samoa in their final pool match at St James' Park in Newcastle.

Three Borderers are once again in the squad, with Greig Laidlaw captaining his side. In their match against South Africa, full-back Stuart Hogg and hooker Ross Ford were taken off with injuries.

However, they will both start for Scotland today after being given the all-clear by team medics.

Thousands of Scotland fans are already on their way to Newcastle to support their team, knowing that a win will secure them a place in the quarter-finals.

Their opponents, Samoa, cannot qualify and will be without one of their key players, Alesana Tuilagi, who's been suspended for foul play.

ITV coverage begins at 2pm with kick-off at 2.30pm.


Police appeal for missing Berwick woman

Katie Grout Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 23-year-old Berwick woman.

Katie Grout from Goldstone in the town left her home at approximately 7am on Thursday, October 8.

She is described as white, 5 feet 5" tall, very slim build, with shoulder length brown hair with a small scar under her chin.

She was wearing black and white checked trousers, black long sleeved top and grey boots.

Katie left home driving her silver Vauxhall Corsa car registration DY61 HJJ.
She was spotted near Harthill Service Station on the M8 and is believed to be travelling to Glasgow.

Police are concerned for her welfare and are carrying out enquiries to locate Katie.

Officers are appealing for Katie to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises her to call police straightaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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