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Strong Borders contingent in Scottish rugby squad

Stuart Hogg was named Six Nations Player of the Championship. Credit: PA

Five players from the South of Scotland have been named in the Scottish rugby squad for their summer tour of Japan.

Captain Greig Laidlaw, from Jedburgh, is named as scrum-half, while Hawick's Stuart Hogg is the squad's full-back.

Hooker Ross Ford from Kelso is also in the team, while Alex Dunbar, from Dumfries, is one of three centres.

Rory Sutherland, originally from Hawick, is named as a prop.


Police urge responsible drinking at Melrose Sevens

This year's event takes place on Saturday 9th April Credit: ITV Border

Police in the Scottish Borders are asking visitors attending this year's Melrose Sevens to drink responsibly.

The tournament takes place between Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April and every year the event attracts thousands of rugby fans.

Officers say they've been working with bar staff and door stewards ahead of the Sevens to remind employees of their licensing responsibilities.

Police Scotland say they'll be focusing on tackling underage drinking and anyone under the age of 18 who is found either within the rugby ground, on the street or within a licensed premises consuming alcohol will have their drink taken from them and may face further police action.

“This is always a really exciting time for Melrose, with several fantastic sevens teams taking part in the world-renowned tournament and thousands of spectators coming from all over to visit the area.

“We know from previous experience that our licensed premises in Melrose are well-frequented during this weekend and while the overwhelming majority of the public know their limits and behave appropriately, a small minority find themselves involved in incidents of violence and disorder that often stem from drinking too much.

“Local officers will be out on high-visibility patrols throughout the tournament to engage with the community and deter any criminal activity and we have already done a lot of work with the licensed premises within Melrose as part of our commitment to reduce alcohol-related offences.

“This will undoubtedly be an excellent weekend of rugby and the Scottish Borders provides a beautiful setting for enjoying the night-time economy but please make sure your weekend is memorable for all the right reasons.

– Mike Bennett, Police Scotland

Gala 7's draw announced

The draw for the annual Gala 7s was made on Saturday.

The Borders tournament, now in its 125th year, sees professional sides Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby make an appearance for the first time in their history.

The tournament will kick off at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd April at Netherdale. The full draw is as follows:

  • Pool 1 - Gala/Edinburgh Accies/Peebles
  • Pool 2 - Jed-Forest/Selkirk/Hawick
  • Pool 3 - Edinburgh Rugby/Watsonions/Melrose
  • Pool 4 - Glasgow Warriors/Boroughmuir/Kelso

Ford delighted as Borderers shine in Scotland rugby win

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."

– Ross Ford

Cumbria Police sergeant scores winning try as England beat Ireland

Sergeant Lee Brumpton Credit: Cumbria Police

A Cumbria Police sergeant has scored the winning try to secure victory for England's police rugby union team, over Ireland.

Sergeant Lee Brumpton, who is based in Carlisle, scored a try in the last five minutes against the Ireland Combined Services in a 25-22 victory in Belfast.

The victory came on the same weekend that the full England team won the Six Nations, having beaten Wales and seen Scotland topple France.

I am delighted to have been able to make an important contribution in such a tight contest. Our team were putting plenty of late pressure on the Irish and thankfully I was able to capitalise on the opportunity and do Cumbria proud.”

– Sergeant Lee Brumpton


Hogg named Man of the Match at Murrayfield

Credit: PA

Stuart Hogg was named Man of the Match in Scotland's 29-18 win over France at Murrayfield.

The Hawick full-back gave an excellent all-round performance during the Six Nations clash, and he was instrumental in creating Tim Visser's crucial try.

Captain Greig Laidlaw, from Galashiels, was elated at the final whistle. He lead his team out for the 25th time as Captain, earning his 50th Cap in doing so.

Alex Dunbar from Dumfries and Kelso's Ross Ford were also part of the team, who beat the French for the first time in 10 years.

The result now means Scotland could finish third in the championship, if they beat Ireland in their final game next weekend.

Carlisle rugby club homeless for the rest of the season

Carlisle Rugby Club are most likely to be homeless for the rest of the season as their pitch remains unplayable after the floods wrecked their grounds last month.

Members have to decide whether or not to demolish the current site which could cost around a million pounds.

Their head coach says the team aren't too demoralised though.

"You know the lads are working hard and they're proud to be from Carlisle to be fair, they don't want any other message to be sent out to the wider community than that and the community as a whole has rallied round. The offers of support from throughout the rugby community has been immense."

– Gary Hewer, Head Coach, Carlisle Rugby Club

RWC: Scotland's Ford and Gray have bans overturned

Scotland have been handed a boost ahead of their quarter final clash with Australia in the rugby world cup on Sunday.

Kelso's Ross Ford and teammate Jonny Gray have had their three-week suspension lifted and are able to play with immediate effect, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced.

The pair were given the bans fo a joint tackle during last week's win over Samoa.

In a surprise move, World Rugby disciplinary bosses have now overturned the suspension - freeing up both met to run out at Twickenham. But, having prepared all week with Ford's understudy hooker Fraser Brown and back-up second-rower Tim Swinson, Cotter now has to decide whether to re-jig his team with just 24 hours to go before kick-off. A spokesman for the Dark Blues would only say: "Both Ross and Jonny are available to play and the Scotland team are considering their options."

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