Border League clubs vote to retain the status quo for this season’s format

THERE will be no change to the current Border League format for next season, it has been agreed by the Border League clubs, writes Stuart Cameron.

The RBS Cup Competition will be played between the seven premier clubs in the South district and these fixtures will also double up as Border League fixtures. The winner of the regional competition will then qualify for a semi-final along with other district winners in Scotland from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Caledonia.

The Border League (seven premier clubs in the South district plus Langholm, Berwick and Haddington) will be played in two pools of five with a final on a date in April 2012, to be confirmed at the next meeting of the Border League.

The National and Regional Cup competitions in the Borders will be arranged by their respective SRU Council representatives.

RBS CUP AND BORDER LEAGUE FIXTURES FOR SEASON 2011/2012

Border League Pool A: Melrose, Gala, Peebles, Kelso and Langholm.

Border League Pool B: Hawick, Selkirk, Jed-Forest, Haddington and Berwick.

August 20: Jed-Forest v Haddington – BL (Haddington giving up home game advantage).

November 12: Kelso v Gala – RBS Cup and BL; Peebles v Jed-Forest – RBS Cup; Hawick v Selkirk – RBS Cup and BL.

November 19: Gala v Peebles – RBS Cup and BL; Kelso v Hawick – RBS Cup; Jed-Forest v Selkirk – RBS Cup and BL.

November 26: Melrose v Kelso – RBS Cup and BL; Selkirk v Gala – RBS Cup.

December 3: Jed-Forest v Melrose – RBS Cup; Peebles v Hawick – RBS Cup; Selkirk v Kelso – RBS Cup.

December 10: Gala v Hawick – RBS Cup; Peebles v Selkirk – RBS Cup; Jed-Forest v Kelso - RBS Cup; Berwick v Haddington – BL.

December 17: Gala v Jed-Forest – RBS Cup; Hawick v Berwick – BL; Selkirk v Haddington – BL.

December 26: Melrose v Gala – RBS Cup and BL; Kelso v Peebles – RBS Cup and BL; Hawick v Jed-Forest – RBS Cup and BL.

January 2: Selkirk v Melrose – RBS Cup; Gala v Langholm – BL.

January 7: Melrose v Peebles – RBS Cup and BL; Kelso v Langholm – BL; Haddington v Hawick – BL; Berwick v Selkirk – BL.

February 4: Hawick v Melrose – RBS Cup; Jed-Forest v Berwick – BL; Langholm v Peebles - BL.

February 25: Langholm v Melrose – BL.

z The Border League Final date is to be finalised in August.