WITH three Borders sides in the Premier Division this coming season local rugby followers have a great deal to look forward to come August 24.
But it’s September they will have to clear their diaries for when a trio of derby duals come one week after another on the 14th (Hawick v Melrose), 21st (Gala v Hawick) and 28th (Melrose v Gala) of the month.
The 2013/14 season itself kicks off on August 24 with Gala, Melrose and Hawick all playing home ties against Currie, Heriot’s and Aberdeen respectively.
In the National Leagues a derby clash between Kelso and Selkirk at Poynder Park should get the season off with a bang while newly promoted Peebles travel to play Watsonians.
With the prospect of all this local action in mind the leagues promise to be just as exciting as last year, where they were described by many as being the most competitive ever, if not better, with the same pyramid structure in place for a second season.
Regional leagues kick off on Saturday August 31, one week after the RBS Premier Division, National League and Championship A and B.
Fixtures for the RBS East leagues and RBS Caledonia North leagues will be published later this week due to confirmation of restructures and completion of appeal hearings, which are still to be finalised.
To view the 2013/14 fixtures visit www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/forms-downloads.