Moving tales as new season looms

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It may be the closed season, but there is still plenty of movement within the Borders Premiership rugby clubs to keep us going.

And, there will be plenty more before the new season starts officially on August 17 with the Border League game at the Greenyards between Melrose and Selkirk.

Gala’s 37-year-old ex-Samoan international Opeta Palepoi has decided to give it another season with the Maroons following successful knee surgery. He was very keen to get back on the pitch again to try and win the Premiership with Gala following last season’s runners-up position.

The Netherdale outfit has also been looking to fill the gap left by Lee Millar, now plying his trade with London Scottish, and David O’Hagan from Musselburgh and Ewan Scott (Jed-Forest) have been signed to the club with a view to battling it out with others for the number 10 jersey. Liam Draycott, Craig Russell and Rory Sutherland have also joined the Maroons.

Three players from abroad will be arriving at the Greenyards, in the shape of South Africans Austin Lockington, James Head and Australian Todd Pearce, under new Melrose captain Fraser Thomson.