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Laidlaw expects big Scottish Borders contingent at Rugby World Cup

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw expects the Scottish Borders to 'empty out' on Saturday as fans flock to Newcastle for the Rugby World Cup.

Thousands of supporters are expected to travel south of border to see the Scots play South Africa at St James' Park. Laidlaw, who attended school in Jedburgh, says many fans from the Borders will be among them.

Speaking at today's team announcement, he said:

I think there'll be a big, big support coming down from Scotland, specifically the Borders.

The people I've spoken to back home are all very excited. Hopefully there won't be many people left in the Borders and it will kind of empty out for the weekend.

– Greig Laidlaw, Scotland captain

Scotland could clinch their place in the quarter-finals by beating South Africa in their penultimate match in Pool B on Saturday.