Berwick to host Border League final

Gala and Melrose will meet in the Border League final at Scremerston on April 23.
Gala and Melrose will meet in the Border League final at Scremerston on April 23.
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Berwick will make a small slice of Borders rugby history by hosting the final of the Border League for the first time.

The final between Gala and Melrose to be played at Scremerston later this month will be the first in the history of the oldest competitive league in the world to be held outside Scotland.

The teams will meet on Wednesday April 23, with a 6.30pm kick off.

Tradition dictates that the final is held at the home ground of the Border League president.

It is a position currently held by Berwick’s development chairman Chris Budzynski.

“It’s a real feather in our cap, and the first time it’s been held outwith the Borders,” said Budzynski.

However, the decision to hold the final so far away from both clubs on a midweek night has been met with some criticism.

Indeed, the two finalists were only agreed by default, with Jed-Forest and Kelso unable to fulfil their final pool fixtures.