Border Cup and best of British in local rugby

IT’S back to cup business for most of the local Premiership and National League sides for the next fortnight, with some interesting ties in prospect.

For Melrose, it’s a chance to use their squad to the full and perhaps give some of the Storm players, who have been knocking on the door of the 1st XV, a chance to prove their worth when they face Jed-Forest on Saturday.

One of those is likely to be young back row player Ruaridh Knott, who was given a baptism of fire last week when making his first start for the Melrose 1st XV against Hawick.

Coach John Dalziel told The Southern: “Ruaridh played really well last week and it’s good to see our development system seems to be working.

He added: “We have great respect for Jed who are going well, so make no mistake, it will be a toughie.”

Hawick face neighbours Hawick YM at Mansfield Haugh, while Selkirk play host to Peebles at Philiphaugh.

Once again, Gala are involved in British and Irish Cup action and kick off a home and away double header against Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday (2pm) with the return fixture at Netherdale the following Saturday.