John and Margaret Hogg, Stuart Hogg's parents, presenting former Welsh rugby player Scott Quinnell with a tin of Hawick Balls (Photo: Bill McBurnie)

In photos: Relatives cheer on Borders British and Irish Lions stars Stuart Hogg and Rory Sutherland at Jedburgh

Relatives of Borders British and Irish Lions stars Stuart Hogg and Rory Sutherland got together at Jedburgh with two former Lions from the region to cheer the pair on ahead of last Saturday’s game and today’s first test team selection

By Darin Hutson
Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 7:42 am

Sky Sports’ fan van stopped off at Jed-Forest Rugby last Friday, July 16, to film footage of relatives of ex-Hawick stars Hogg and Sutherland and other well-wishers sending them good-luck messages ahead of Saturday’s victory over DHL Stormers in South Africa.

Among those present were two of the three Lions produced by the Jedburgh club, Greig Laidlaw and his uncle Roy Laidlaw.

The other, Gary Armstrong, was also invited along but couldn’t make it.

The younger Laidlaw, like Hogg, was called up for the Lions’ 2017 tour of New Zealand, and the 35-year-old featured in six provincial matches.

His uncle, 67, played in 13 of the 18 matches making up 1983’s tour of New Zealand, including all four tests against the All Blacks.

Armstrong, 54, played in five provincial games during 1989’s tour of Australia.

The matchday squad for Saturday’s first test against South Africa was initially due to be announced tomorrow but will instead be revealed today, July 21.

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