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Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw has been ruled out for the rest of the RBS 6 Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.
The Gloucester scrum-half, who is from Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, was injured in their defeat to France.
He suffered an ankle injury just before half-time as the Dark Blues lost 22-16 in Paris in Saturday.
He left the Stade de France on crutches and was sent back to the Kingsholm Stadium on Monday to be assessed by his club medics.
But Scots head coach Vern Cotter has now been given the bad news that Laidlaw will miss the remainder of the tournament.
Scottish Borders rugby player Ross Ford has spoke of his delight, after Scotland beat France in the Six Nations for the first time in 10 years.
Four players from the south of Scotland were involved: Ford, Greig Laidlaw who captained the side, Stuart Hogg, and Alex Dunbar from Dumfries.
Hogg was particularly impressive, scoring a first-half try, kicking a huge 54-metre penalty, and flicking a pass over his head to set up Scotland's final try.
Ross Ford, from Kelso, says the team is heading in the right direction:
Credit to the squad. We have worked hard for the pre-season before the World Cup. We carried that into the World Cup and we have come back and we work again trying to improve.
Everybody keeps getting better and we should be confident in our ability but we won't get carried away with ourselves. We have to stay grounded and look at areas where we can improve."
Local lad Greg Laidlaw has been named Captain of the Scotland team for the Six Nations.
The team was announced today, with Geoff Cross, Ross Ford, Alex Dunbar, and Stuart Hogg also representing the Borders on the Scotland side.
Today, the Scotland and England Rugby teams for the Six Nations will be announced.
Both teams will draw from talent bred in the Borders region.
Cumbrian Stuart Lancaster is signed on as England coach, and players Greg Laidlaw, Ross Ford, Stuart Hogg, and Geoff Cross are among those expected to be selected in the Scotland squad.
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