Rugby Union

Poor start plagues Souters again before recovery

Kelso 29, Selkirk 42

The crowd at Netherdale meets one of Scotland's top players, ex-Hawick fullback Stuart Hogg (picture by Alwyn Johnston).


More than 2000 rugby fans registered to come along and watch the Scotland squad in preparation for Saturday’s crucial Calcutta Cup match agaisnt England in the NatWest 6 Nations.

Highly charged atmosphere - lfrom left, Grant Runciman and Ian Cooper (Melrose), Ian Crowther (Spark) and Fraser Thomson (Melrose). Picture by Douglas Hardie

Spark a vital part of Sevens support network

Melrose Rugby has announced lcoal firm Spark Energy as a new partner for the 2018 Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens, which takes place on April 14.

Stuart Hogg at the public training session in Netherdale (picture by Alwyn Johnston).

There is no bigger game in world rugby, says Hogg

Ex-Hawick ace Stuart Hogg believes Scotland versus England is the biggest game in world rugby.

Fraser Thomson in possession for Melrose (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Experienced Melrose player Thomson to captain Scots club side

Borders rugby – particularly Melrose – is heavily represented among a Scotland Club squad which is due in action tomorrow night (Friday).

Jamie Bhatti in action for Melrose (picture by Ian Georgeson)

Borders players help carry Scotland’s hopes against Auld Enemy

Head coach Gregor Townsend has reselected the starting line-up from Scotland’s round two win over France (32-26) for Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations/Calcutta Cup clash with England at BT Murrayfield Stadium (kick-off 4.45pm, live on BBC1).

Rory Darge

Guy and Rory line up against England

Head coach Stevie Scott has kept faith with the Borders rugby pair who’ve turned out in both of Scotland U20s’ Six Nations matches so far.

Hawick rugby hero Stuart Hogg at an open training session in Galashiels last Friday ahead of Scotland's Calcutta Cup game against England on Saturday.

Extra trains to Borders to be run for rugby’s Calcutta Cup

The Borders’ two MSPs have welcomed ScotRail’s promise to run extra trains on the Borders Railway this Saturday, February 24, for rugby union fans travelling to see Scotland host England in 2018’s Six Nations championship.

Greig Laidlaw (picture by Ian Rutherford)

Scots stop off at Netherdale for open training session

Rugby fans have the chance to meet the players who breathed fresh life into Scotland’s NatWest 6 Nations championship hopes when they visit Galashiels tomorrow (Friday).

Aaron McColm was in good second-half kicking form for Selkirk, converting the two tries scored by Clinton Wagman.

Selkirk crave good start to end confidence slump

Just one positive, fired-up early start to a game might be enough to lift Selkirk from the doldrums in which they are currently languishing.

Rory Darge

Coach keeps faith with Borders U20 pair

Two young Borders rugby stars have retained their places in the starting line-up for Scotland’s match tomorrow (Friday) against France in the U20 Six Nations tournament.

Greig Laidlaw (picture by Neil Hanna)

Laidlaw joins Hogg in Scots’ starting XV

Head coach Gregor Townsend has made six changes to the starting Scotland side for this Sunday’s NatWest 6 Nations match against France at a sold-out BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Hawick, in green, in action in their own 7s competition last year against Edinburgh Accies (picture by Bill McBurnie)

Green initiative to extend 7s will be success for community

Hawick RFC – dragged back into the drama of a possible relegation play-off in the BT Premiership – is expanding its traditional Sevens tournament this year.

Gregor Townsend

Townsend invites fans to meet the players

Scottish rugby head coach Gregor Townsend has extended an invitation to supporters to an open training session in his home town of Galashiels on February 16.

An excellent save by home debut keeper Patrick Martin for Gala FR (picture by Alwyn Johnston).

Gala FR give battling display but are felled by late ‘Shire winner

Gala Fairydean Rovers 0

Stevie Hamilton's brace of tries unfortunately could not save Selkirk from defeat at Cartha QP (picture by Grant Kinghorn).

We can’t keep giving teams a 20-minute and 20-point start

Selkirk are realising the hard way that a good start to games is essential if they are to sustain their play-off bid this season.

Rachael Hamilton MSP, centre, with Sarah Quick, left, and Gemma Fay, right.

More women urged to give rugby a try

Rachael Hamilton, the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP, is championing a drive to see more women and girls play rugby.

BT Premiership leaders Melrose (in yellow) in action recently against Ayr.

Careful approach by Rose after positive meeting

BT Premiership table-toppers Melrose are continuing to take a cautious approach over their own future and the future of the Scottish game, following a meeting last week on the proposed new ‘Super Six’ set-up.

Head coach Gregor Townsend, left, with Scotland captain John Barclay (picture by INPHO/Billy Stickland).

Two Borderers on bench with Hogg in starting XV

A small sprinkling of Borders names graces the Scotland squad named yesterday (Wednesday) by head coach Gregor Townsend for the match against Wales which raises the curtain on the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship.


GALLERY: Doddie’s ball raises £250,000 for his charity

Being 6ft 6in tall and weighing in at 17 stone, thinking big comes naturally to rugby legend Doddie Weir, and the former Scottish international can now claim to have inspired what must surely rank among the biggest fundraising events ever staged in the Borders.

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