It’s been many a long year, though, since any of the Borderers to feature in the ranks of the national team were able to return here as winners – so long, in fact, that it was the Five Nations then, Italy having yet to join in at that point – but the region was well represented in the two squads that last outdid England, Wales, Ireland and France to take the title in 1999 and 1990.
Captain Stuart Hogg, named as player of the tournament in 2016 and 2017, the first Scot to pick up that accolade and only the second man ever to do so twice in a row, and fellow ex-Hawick players Darcy Graham and Rory Sutherland, along with Gary Graham and Cameron Redpath, know they will have their work cut out to end the 22 years of hurt the nation’s rugby fans have had to endure since they last got to party like it was 1999, but come Saturday, February 6, and their opening match away to England, they’ll certainly be out to give it their best shot.
Jim Telfer’s Scots were level on points with runners-up England in 1999, both having six, but claimed the title by virtue of their superior points tally of plus-41, having scored twice as many tries as their neighbours, 16 to England’s eight.
That time round, they beat Wales 33-20, Ireland 30-13 and France 36-22 but lost 24-21 to England.
In 1990, managed by Ian McGeechan, they were two points clear of runners-up England, with eight, having beaten them 13-7, Wales 13-9, France 21-0 and Ireland 13-10.
Here, in no particular order of merit, are 10 Borderers from those two championship-winning squads ...
1. Borders Five Nations heroes of yesteryear
It was a try by Hawick bank clerk Tony Stanger that won the Grand Slam for Scotland in 1990. That was one of 24 tries the 52-year-old scored in his 52 international appearances. He's pictured here outpacing England's Will Carling during 1997's Five Nations international between England and Scotland at Twickenham. (Photo: David Rogers/Allsport)
Photo: David Rogers
2. Borders Five Nations heroes of yesteryear
Gary Armstrong, capped 51 times between 1988 and 1999, is often named as Scotland’s greatest player ever. At club level, the former lorry driver, now 54, played for Jed-Forest, Newcastle Falcons and the Borders. Here he's pictured scoring during a Five Nations match against Wales at Murrayfield in 1993. (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Allsport)
Photo: Mike Hewitt
3. Borders Five Nations heroes of yesteryear
Now Police Scotland’s area commander for the Borders, Cumbrian-born Stuart Reid, 51 on Sunday, played at No 8 for the national team, picking up eight caps between 1995 and 2000. His clubs included Watsonian. Here he's seen during 1999's Five Nations match against the French. (Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS
4. Borders Five Nations heroes of yesteryear
Blainslie farmer Doddie Weir, 50, was in both 1990 and 1999’s Scotland squads for the Five Nations. The former Melrose and Border Reivers player was capped 61 times between 1990 and 2000. Here he's pictured running in a try watched by team-mate Stuart Reid during a Scotland A game against Spain at Murrayfield on December 28, 1991. (Photo by Rusty Cheyne/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)
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