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Scotland's Rugby World Cup off to winning start

Scotland on the attack against Japan Credit: Press Association

Scotland cruised to a comfortable victory in their Rugby World Cup opener against Japan.

The Scots - with Borderers Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw and Ross Ford in the starting lineup - racked up five tries in a 45-10 win.

Japan, who caused one of the biggest shocks in sporting history beating double world champions South Africa on Saturday, got off to a positive start and went in at half-time only four points behind.

After the interval though Scotland's attack proved too hot to handle with John Hardie, Mark Bennett (two), Tommy Seymour and Finn Russell all touching down.

Scotland's next game is against the United States at Elland Road in Leeds on Sunday.

Scottish rugby legend to quit Melrose

Craig Chalmers Credit: PA

Scottish rugby legend Craig Chalmers has announced that he will quit as head coach of Melrose RFC at the end of the season.

The 44-year-old stand-off made 60 appearances for Scotland and won six championships, the National Cup and two Melrose Sevens medals as a player.

He led Melrose RFC to two championships and four cup finals, as well as three years od British and Irish CUP involvement.

Mr Chalmers said:

"I have made the decision to move to London for personal reasons. I have accepted a rugby position in that area and look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.

"It has been an honour to have coached Melrose during such a successful period of its history.

"However, the time is right for me to move on."

Melrose RFC president John Reed said:

“Craig has been an outstanding servant of Melrose RFC both as a player and coach. No one is more passionate about Scottish rugby than Craig Chalmer.

“Quite simply his record speaks for itself and he is undoubtedly the most successful individual our club has ever produced.

“Everyone at the club wishes him well and the best of luck for the future."