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The much talked-about experiment of the South of Scotland Development Squad worked almost perfectly on Saturday, as the young line-up reached the final of the Prince of the 7s tournament at Walkerburn.

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Selkirk's Darren Clapperton is among those in the South of Scotland squad (picture by Grant Kinghorn).

Southern squad ready to draw on vast reserves of experience

Experience could be the telling factor when the South of Scotland squad lines up for this Saturday’s inaugural Edinburgh Sevens .

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Nyle Godsmark (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Borders players hope to help Scots preserve London success

Scotland 7s will travel to Twickenham this weekend looking to win the London HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the third successive year.

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Kelso's Ross Ford scores a try against Italy in Singapore on Scotland's summer tour last year (picture by Fotosport/David Gibson).

Scottish tour matches live on terrestrial TV

Scotland’s matches on the 2018 Summer Tour will be broadcast live on free-to-air TV, it has been confirmed.

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From left, as posed in the painting by Jimmy Fleming - Ken Smith, Roger Baird, John Jeffrey, Alan Tait and Ross Ford (picture by Gavin Horsburgh).

Borders rugby greats get the Lions’ share of recognition

Some of the top Borders rugby players of the last half-century and more, who had the privilege of being selected for the British and Irish Lions, have received a ceremonial cap.

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Andrew Skeen scores a try for Kelso.

Coaches seek to develop top Southern talent in summer 7s

The South of Scotland rugby team will this year be competing in two major Sevens tournaments during the close season.

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Melrose won the Jed 7s on the day, although Watsonians took the overall Kings title (picture by Bill McBurnie)

Melrose can’t quite spoil the Watsonians party

Watsonians, as predicted, did enough in their opening game to seal overall victory in the 2018 Kings of the Sevens series.

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John Rutherford (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

The pride of a former Lion

Borders rugby great John Rutherford is taking his place alongside the British & Irish Lions who are currently being recognised for their contribution through the presentation of ceremonial caps.

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Flashback to 2017 - Jed take on Gala in the semi-finals (picture by Stuart Cobley).

Kings’ crowning 2018 contest offers excitement and ambition

It’s going to be an enthralling end to the 2018 Kings of the Sevens rugby tournament on Saturday, with Jed-Forest the hosts.

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Clinton Wagman scores Selkirk's conclusive try in their final against Melrose (picture by Grant Kinghorn).

Hosts seal win to ensure Kings tournament goes to the wire

Selkirk burst through on Saturday to win their own 7s contest for the first time in five years – and helped ensure the 2018 Kings tournament goes to its final day.

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Past Gala YM captains at a 50th anniversary meeting in 1978.

Gala YM staging special gathering to mark 90 years

A special dinner is being held on Friday, May 25 in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, to herald the 90th anniversary of Gala YM RFC.

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Rory Darge

Three from Borders named in U20 world championship squad

Scotland U20 head coach Bryan Redpath has selected his squad for the forthcoming World Rugby U20 Championship in France, which runs from May 30 until June 17.

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Lewis Carmichael (picture by Douglas Hardie).

Ex-Melrose player Carmichael named in Scots’ summer squad

Former Melrose man Lewis Carmichael is one of six uncapped players named by head coach Gregor Townsend in Scotland’s 33-man squad for next month’s Summer Tour to Canada, USA and Argentina.

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Steven Hamilton scores a try for Selkirk at the Langholm Sevens (picture by Bill McBurnie).

Souters host second-last Sevens event in Kings series

This season’s Kings of the Sevens tournament could well be decided in Saturday’s penultimate round.

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Sean Goodfellow tries to break through for Jed-Forest against Glasgow Hawks (picture by Stuart Cobley).

Weak defending and lack of discipline proves Jed’s undoing

Poor defending and ill-discipline signalled Jed-Forest’s downfall on Saturday as a very successful season came crashing to a sad end.

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Skull-bandaged Gala captain Graham Speirs shows off the Earlston Sevens trophy from 12 months ago.

Earlston plays host to 7s on Sunday

Earlston is set for an action-packed day of entertainment on Sunday as round eight of the Kings of the 7s rolls into the picturesque setting at The Haugh.

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Watsonians won last year at Kelso and have made a great impact already in this year's Kings of Sevens tournament (picture by Gavin Horsburgh)

Double helping of weekend sevens action kicks off at Kelso

Round seven of the Kings of the 7s tournament this Saturday is expected to be as magnificent as its predecessors.

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Paulo Ferreira leads a Jed charge for the Edinburgh Accies line during the Borders' side's famous win over the champions at Riverside Park in March (picture by Steve Cox).

Jed-Forest confident they can pass Premiership test

Seventeen years is along time, reflected Jed-Forest’s director of rugby, Ali Campbell, as he contemplated the fact the Riverside club is just 80 minutes away from a possible return to BT Premiership action.

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Action from the BT Cup Final between Melrose, in familiar yellow, and Stirling County.

Melrose clinch double with formidable flair

Stirling County 12, Melrose 45

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Hawick Quins, in black, take the action forward against Carrick.

Carrick attack too strong for Quins

Carrick 39, Hawick Harlequins 19

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