Border League gets underway

FOUR Borders’ rugby teams kick-off the new season today when the 2013/14 Booker Border League swings into action.

Melrose take on Selkirk and Hawick YM host Peebles at Mansfield Haugh (both 3pm).

The tournament once again is being played in two pools of four with the final taking place next April.

In terms of pre-season matches ­Hawick will continue preparations for their return to the top flight when they take on Northern Irish side Ballymena at Mansfield Park.

The Greens have been working hard in pre-season with the RBS Premiership opener against Aberdeen Grammar on 24 August looming large. Hawick won their first pre-season match at Kelso 50-14 last week and will be keen to build on that.

Other pre-season training matches involving Borders clubs taking place today are: Boroughmuir v Gala; Duns v Kelso A; Gala YM v Penrith A.