Saturday, May 28th, 2016
The South of Scotland make the final at the Newcastle 7s
The famous red and white hooped jerseys were dusted off after three years and filled with 12 stars from the Kings of the 7s circuit including five each from Jedforest and Melrose, two from Gala and one from Kelso. The South won four of their five pool matches before beating Red Wailers in the semi final and then going down to the Irish Wolfhounds 24-7 in the Final. Watch highlights of the final here. More highlights from the pools here.
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Gala YM win Walkerburn 7s
Gala YM won the Prince of the 7s title at Walkerburn, the final tournament in the Borders of the season. They retained their title with a win against Selkirk, who had never won at Walkerburn since the 7s started here over 100 years ago. Watch highlights here.
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Jedforest are Kings of the 7s
Jedforest won their own 7s tournament by beating Watsonians in the Final 28-24 to secure the Kings of the 7s title. They disposed of Musselburgh, Boroughmuir and Edinburgh Accies before taking the scalp of another Edinburgh side in the last match. Jed scored 64 points to clinch the title with Watsonians finishing second, Melrose third and Gala in fourth, jointly with Edinburgh Accies. For Fraser Harkness and Robert Hogg it marked the end of their 7s careers. Watch highlights of the final here. See ITV report here.
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Melrose lift Selkirk 7s prize but K7s goes down to the wire with two left in
Jedforest couldn’t quite wrap up the Kings of the 7s title at Selkirk today but they have a five point cushion as they head for their own tournament next weekend. Melrose took the Selkirk tournament with a 38-17 victory over Watsonians but we’re down to just two clubs looking for the overall trophy with Watsonians just four points away from Jed, who they knocked out in the semi final. Watch highlights of the final here. More highlightshere.
Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Jedforest lift Earlston 7s trophy as Melrose are shocked by the Powerbombs
Jedforest returned to top form after a couple of poor tournaments to beat Watsonians in the Earlston 7s Final today, winning 35-21. Melrose had won the previous six tournaments and after a superb display yesterday at Kelso where they scored tries for fun, they were hot favourites to make it 7 in a row. But the invitation side, the Scrum Powerbombs, shocked everybody by knocking them out in the quarter final after they took the scalp of Gala, and that result means we are realistically looking at a two-horse race for the title now, with Jedforest and Watsonians battling it out for the overall title. Jed have a seven point cushion and could wrap up the title at Selkirk next Saturday if they score four more points than Watsonians in the tournament. Watch highlights from the final here.
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Melrose on fire as they pile on the points at Kelso
Melrose’s involvement in the 15s Cup and League has prevented them from competing as they would have liked in the Kings of the 7s tournament this season, but you won’t hear any of the players or coaches moaning about it. “That’s just the way it is – we have to get on with the job in hand,” said Player of the Tournament Richard Mill after his Melrose colleagues destroyed all-comers as they swept to a third win in a row at the Kelso 7s today. Seeing off leaders Jedforest in the 1st Round, they then took the scalp of Boroughmuir before smashing Watsonians 52-5 in the Semi Final and then racking up a massive 57-19 win in the Final against current K7s champions Gala, who put out Hawick, Edinburgh Accies and Kelso in their earlier ties. Melrose head for Earlston tomorrow looking for a seventh straight win at that venue, and on this form, with over 100 points scored in their last two ties today, you wouldn’t bet against them.
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Gala crowned champions of Booker Border League as last fixture cancelled
Gala have won the Booker Border League for the fourth time in five years but the presentation planned for after the match against Jedforest tomorrow won’t take place as Jedforest pulled out of the fixture. This follows Kelso’s withdrawal from the tournament a few weeks ago and Hawick pulling out of their game against Jedforest. It was a sad ending to the competition which is the world’s oldest league as yet again the Border League ended without all the fixtures being played. One can fully understand the positions of the clubs who withdrew. For Kelso there was nothing to play for and their National League 1 season had ended. Hawick could not field a front row for their match while Jedforest’s key players are top of the Kings of the 7s table in the middle of two double weekends, and while they could still mathematically win the Border League (by beating Gala by over 46 points) this was hardly a result that was ever going to happen. Bad weather and fixture congestion of course was always going to make life difficult to complete the games in the Border League but surely now, the structure of the Border League has to be looked at with the possibility of playing pre-season games a much better option. Returning to a pool system and a final makes sense with three weekends pre-season giving all teams the chance to complete their three games, with a midweek final taking place between the top two teams from each pool sometime before the end of the year. The credibility of the Border League is at stake and it must have a beginning, middle and end. Playing out a tournament at the start of the season would ensure the league’s sponsor gets value for money, and with no other competitive rugby at that time, the media would give it unprecedented coverage including TV. That is just one possible solution, but the Border League clubs have to sit down and sort this problem out. The Border League does not like to be criticised, whether it is constructive criticism or not, but they have to listen and act to fix something that is broken.
Sunday, April 24th, 2016
Selkirk make history after 83 years at Peebles 7s
Back in 1933 Selkirk won the Peebles 7s, but it took 83 years before that would be achieved again, and today was the day when it happened. Few gave the Souters a chance after trailing 19-0 to Hawick in Round 1, but back they came to win that tie 26-19, then knockout Gala and Boroughmuir on their way to beating Edinburgh Accies in the Final 38-7. Dashton Wellman was voted Player of the Tournament after his fine performances for Selkirk. Jed top the table still after Round 6 with 39 points, with a 9 points lead over Watsonians, who lost to Melrose in Round 1. Watch highlights here.
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Gala safe from relegation as Watsonians lift Langholm 7s trophy
Gala overcame Marr 22-10 to win the play-off match which enables them to stay in the Premiership next season. The Maroons went ahead after an incredible 11.14 seconds when Frankie Robson dived over for a try straight from the kick off. You can see the incredible start here. Euan Dods scored another four minutes later with Josh Irvine also getting on the score sheet just before half time, with the score at the turn 22-3. Marr got a converted try of their own after the break to get to within 12 points of Gala but it ended 22-10. Highlights are here.
In the Langholm 7s Watsonians beat Jedforest in the Final but it’s Jed who remain top six points clear of the AM:PM Catering Kings of the 7s table.
Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Melrose beaten in Cup Final but two local winners at BT Murrayfield
Melrose lost for the fifth time in a row at the Cup Final at the national stadium against Heriot’s despite scoring the best two tries in the match from Nyle Godsmark and Murdo McAndrew and a peach of a drop goal from Jason Baggott. They went down 21-13. Watch highlights here. Meanwhile in the Sarah Beaney Cup, the Women’s Final was won by Murrayfield Wanderers who included two Borders players, Lisa Robertson and Chloe Rollie.
In the Hawick 7s the hosts won for a remarkable eighth time in nine years as they defeated Watsonians in the Final to kickstart their season.
Friday, April 15th, 2016
Melrose Wasps U15 too strong for Gala Red Triangle in Matt Lochrie Cup
The fifth playing of the Matt Lochrie Memorial Cup went the way of Melrose by 48-5, running in eight tries to one in a match they dominated. Man of the Match was captain of the Wasps, Lachlan Gaddie, who ran in three tries and could have had at least two more. Wasps pushed on after turning round 19-5 in front at the break, and although they never looked like getting beaten, the young Maroons put up a fight and flanker Justin Murray was particularly outstanding putting in a big shift as well as some impressive tackling. Watch highlights here.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
St Boswells win Borders East League Team of the Season award
It’s been almost three years since St Boswells last lost an East League fixture and with two matches to go they are keen to complete a clean sweep of EL3, EL2 and EL1 victories in successive seasons. Tonight they won 34-3 at Hawick Linden and that means they cannot be caught in the Borders Rugby Rankings this season. They are the first club to win the Fraser James Partnership Ltd trophy on two separate occasions. The trophy was first given out three years ago with Hawick Linden and Berwick winning it in the first two years. The format for the award is similar to the rankings for the top-ranked Borders sides. Match points are divided by the games played in the respective three leagues giving an average points total per match. Each club plays at their own level to assure a handicapped system fair to every club.
Monday, April 11th, 2016
Jedforest win Borders Team of the Season award
Jedforest beat Howe of Fife 33-24 at Riverside Park in their last National 1 game and in doing so won the Borders Team of the Season award for the second time in three years. The Borders Rugby Rankings exist to give every team at every level a chance of winning the trophy based on the number of match points scored divided by the number of games played. This gives an average points total per game and as all teams are handicapped by playing at their own level, it levels the playing field. In the eight years of the Rankings six of our eight top-ranked teams have won the trophy from Hawick YM through to Melrose. Jed’s second win means they are the second Borders team to win the trophy twice. Melrose are the other club to achieve it, and would have made it three if Jed had failed to get a match point tonight.
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
Jedforest top Border team at the Melrose 7s
Edinburgh Rugby were this year’s winners of the Melrose 7s but they had to beat a spirited Jedforest side 29-19 to claim the trophy won last year by fellow pro side, Glasgow Warriors. Melrose got to the semi final stage to claim their first Kings of the 7s points of the season. Jed take over from Watsonians at the top of the table after two events.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
St Boswells march on towards goal of promotion to National League – Melrose Wasps land Semi Junior title
A four try haul gave St Boswells five points in their vital East League 1 clash at Mansfield Park against Hawick Harlequins. Two Ross Nichol touchdowns along with one each for Mike McVie and Adrian Donoghue gave St Boswells a bonus point, putting them 14 points clear of North Berwick, who have a game in hand. Watch highlights here.
Also tonight Melrose Wasps turned in a masterclass in the second half of their Semi Junior Border League game against Berwick Colts to turn a 7-7 interval scoreline into an emphatic 46-7 victory which gives them the league title.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
Watsonians create history in the first K7s tournament of 2016
Watsonians lost their first match in their Pool at the Gala 7s against Edinburgh Rugby, but fought back to beat Melrose and top the table to gain passage to the Semi Final against Glasgow Warriors, where they scored in the last second to get to the Final. They played Jedforest and won comfortably 38-5 to get their AM:PM Kings of the 7s campaign off to a flying start. Watch report here.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
Melrose dream of being Scottish Champions evaporate into thin Ayr
What a difference seven days can make. Last weekend Melrose beat Ayr on their home patch 20-13 to take their place in the Cup Final at Murrayfield, but today everything that could go wrong for Melrose did, as they slumped to a 48-10 defeat to the men from Millbrae in the Premiership Semi Final. Ruairidh Knott scored the only try for the Black and Yellows as they conceded five to their opponents. Frazier Climo scored 28 of Ayr’s points in a fine solo display. Watch highlights here.
Gala finally know who their opponents will be in the match on April 23rd in (probably) Edinburgh. Marr beat Stewart’s Melville 55-36 in a 91 point thriller at Inverleith to claim their place in the one-off game in which the winning team will play in the Premiership next season. Dundee finished third after demolishing Jedforest 50-21 with a fine display in the last half hour. In East League 1 Duns shocked North Berwick 25-12 and that result has put St Boswells in pole position to win the league and gain promotion into the National Leagues.
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Scottish Club XV smash England Counties – Melrose beat Hawick in BT Cup
Friday night saw the first match on Scottish soil between Scotland’s Club XV and England’s equivalent known as England Counties. Scotland ran in 9 tries to win 57-27 which could be one of, if not THE biggest wins against an English national side at any level in history. Leading 17-13 at the break the Scots ran in 40 points in the second half and were leading 57-13 before allowing England back in to score two converted tries in the last three minutes. They are now targeting Ireland in Cork in three weeks time to follow it up with another win. TV Highlights here. ITV Report here.
In the BT Cup Round 3, Melrose beat Hawick 22-9 at Mansfield Park with Nick Beavon scoring the only try of the game. In NL1 Kelso drew for the fourth time this season (very rare!) with a last minute converted try to get two points in a 25-25 result at Musselburgh. On Friday night Jedforest beat Stewart’s Melville to move into third place in the National League Division 1.
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Jedforest within a whisker of BT Cup glory but Selkirk dumped out by NL3’s GHK
The match between Hawick and Melrose in the BT Cup was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so the focus turned to Jedforest v Heriot’s at Riverside Park, and with three tries apiece it was a cracking match. Fraser Harkness and Gregor Young (2) scored for the Royal Blues who were in front 19-12 in the closing stages of the game, but a penalty and a try sealed the win for the Nails 19-20. TV Highlights here.
The shock of the day saw Selkirk from the Premiership lose 21-7 away at National 3 team GHK, who remain unbeaten this season. Angus Duckett scored the only Souters try. Peebles lost in National 1 at Stewart’s Melville 31-6 while St Boswells made it 55 wins out of 55 in defeating the unbeaten North Berwick 17-15 in a close match at Jenny Moores Ground. There were also local wins for Duns, Hawick Harlequins, Langholm, Earlston, Gala YM and Walkerburn in the East League and Bowl competitions.
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Scotland’s poor record continues despite improved performance – Hawick knock out Cup Holders – Lifeline for Gala
Scotland lost 27-23 to Wales at the Principality Stadium scoring two tries from Tommy Seymour and Duncan Taylor but once again had to settle for second place as their 6 Nations record of defeats continues. A dubious opening try put the Scots behind after just seven minutes but they did get their noses in front 13-10 at the interval thanks to Seymour’s touchdown and kicks from Greig Laidlaw, who had one of his best games for Scotland. Weak defending let George North in for a try which put the Welsh two scores clear before Taylor powered in to close the gap to four points, but it was too late to prevent the loss.
Snow scuppered many rugby matches in Scotland but the BT Cup game between holders Boroughmuir and Hawick (a repeat of last year’s Cup Final) saw the Greens post a 23-14 win, chalking up their second win at Meggetland this season. Steven Anderson scored Hawick’s two tries with Neil Renwick kicking the rest. Hawick will host Melrose next Saturday in Round 3. Langholm were the only other Borders side to play but they lost to Portobello 32-22 at Milntown in East League 2. With Stirling losing to Premiership Champions Heriot’s, Gala now know exactly what they have to do to avoid a relegation showdown with the second placed team in National 1 at the end of the season. If they can beat Currie or draw with a try bonus, they will go past Stirling. That game agaimnsty Currie, which was snowed off a few hours before kick off, could be played on Saturday 27th February, the same day that Selkirk and Melrose are likely to play their final league match in the Premiership, another game which was a victim to the weather today.
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Scotland fall at the first – Selkirk and Jedforest comfortably through in BT Cup
Scotland have lost 9-15 at home to England in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations and the harsh reality is they also gave up the Calcutta Cup, the Triple Crown and a Grand Slam. By not scoring a try at BT Murrayfield against England once again, it is now 504 minutes since they crossed the whitewash at home against England, and it was the seventh consecutive home defeat in the Championship, which equals an unwanted record dating back to the 1950s when it was a Five Nations tournament. Three Greig Laidlaw penalties kept the Scots in what was an exciting game but their inability to once again fail to break down the England defence was disappointing.
In club rugby Selkirk demolished Musselburgh 47-7 in the BT Cup Round 2 at Philiphaugh (watch highlights here) with Jedforest also progressing on Friday night with a 33-10 win at Preston Lodge. Melrose lost 17-29 at home to Currie in the Premiership and now have to beat Selkirk next Saturday to make the Play-offs. It wasn’t the way Graeme Dodds wanted to mark his 300th appearance for the club. The Booker Border League saw Hawick beat Peebles 17-8 at The Gytes while the Borders Shield Semi Final was cancelled, with Langholm conceding the game to Duns, who will now go straight to the Final to face St Boswells at home without having played a game.
Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Three Borderers in the starting line-up as Scotland prepare to take on England
Scotland have made only a couple of changes from the side which lost to Australia in the World Cup Quarter Final a few months ago. Greig Laidlaw will captain once again with Stuart Hogg at Full Back and Ross Ford at Hooker to win his 96th cap.
Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Gala exit Scottish Cup – Kelso give themselves hope of survival
The Scottish Rugby fixture list was once again decimated as snow swept in and wiped out most of the games, but two matches in the Borders survived the weather, including the BT Cup Round 2 tie between Gala and Glasgow Hawks. The Maroons faced a fierce gale in the first period but contained the visitors to just a 6-3 lead, with a David O’Hagan penalty for the home side. But despite the wind advantage in the second half and a period of 10 minutes playing against 14 men after a yellow card incident, Gala couldn’t capitalise and conceded two tries to lose the game 18-3 and exit the competition.
In National League 1 a superb Andrew Skeen try set up a 16-10 victory against Aberdeen Grammar – a result which gives third-bottom Kelso valuable four points, although Aberdeen returned to the frozen north with a losing bonus point. The only other game involving a Borders side was in East League 1 where Hawick Quins lost at Dunbar. Watch highlights of Gala v Glasgow Hawks and Kelso v Aberdeen here.
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
No local Premiership wins but no local National League 1 losses / Richie Gray signed up for Scotland
Gala took a step nearer to a relegation play-off match with a home defeat by 19-20 to Champions Heriot’s. Despite tries from Craig Robertson and Euan Dods, it wasn’t enough to win the game, and the Maroons stay in 9th place in the Premiership with one match to go. They must now beat Currie away on February 6th and hope that Stirling lose at Heriot’s without getting a bonus point. There are three points separating the two teams. Meanwhile a strong Currie side fielding two internationals and a pro player, beat a gallant Hawick 17-15 to all but clinch their play-off spot. Hawick’s tries came from Neil Renwick and Bruce McNeil but they must now win their two remaining games both at home against Ayr and Boroughmuir and hope for results elsewhere going their way if they are to sneak a top four finish. Selkirk lost at home to Boroughmuir 34-12 with Jordan McGowan and Ewan MacDougall getting tries for the Souters. Watch the tries from Gala and Selkirk’s games here.
In National 1 the top four teams all won, meaning Jedforest stay fourth in the table with a win over Musselburgh 34-10. Kelso managed to draw for the third time this season at Howe of Fife 15-15 while Peebles are off the bottom following their 26-12 win at home to Aberdeen.
Meanwhile Galashiels resident Richie Gray has been signed up as Breakdown coach of Scotland for the RBS 6 Nations campaign. Richie has been working with South Africa’s national side for the last three years, culminating in a World Cup bronze medal – the first medal of any kind won by any Scot since the Rugby World Cup began in 1987. Richie will also be working with the South African 7s team in preparation for the Olympic Games in Rio later this year.
Friday, January 8th, 2016
Super Jed rock league leaders on the road – Peebles shock GHA but Selkirk and Hawick defeated
Just one Borders-based game survived the weather today with Peebles’ game at home to GHA in National League 1 going ahead at The Gytes, and their 5-try win by 38-19 (after trailing 12-0) surprised everyone apart from the Peebles faithful themselves. Donald Anderson and Steven Hamilton scored a brace each while Kenny Clyde dotted down the other. Elsewhere the big game in that division was at Myreside with Jedforest coming from 12-0 down to beat the runaway league leaders 18-12 with a three try haul courtesy of winger Rory Marshall (2) and Lewis Young. Jed remain in fourth but have closed the gap on third placed Dundee. Watch highlights here. In the Premiership Hawick lost 31-5 at Glasgow Hawks – their only score coming from a try by Wiaan Griebenhow. Selkirk had a day to forget as they lost 78-0 at league leaders Ayr.
Saturday, December 26th, 2015
Bragging rights go to Gala as they win back the Waverley Cup
In dreadful wet conditions Gala edged past Melrose at the Greenyards to recapture the Waverley Cup with a 17-10 win in front of a very healthy crowd which totally packed the main stand, with many souls braving the elements on the far banking. Melrose got off to a fine start with a Neil Irvine-Hess try converted by Joe Helps on three minutes. David O’Hagan kicked Gala ahead at the break with three penalty goals before Jason Baggot slotted a clever drop goal for Melrose to regain the lead by a point. O’Hagan thumped over a fourth penalty from long range to put the Maroons back in the driving seat, before a Euan Dods try wrapped the game up as the match finished in near darkness despite a 2pm kick off. Watch highlights here.
Former Gala player Roddy Grant announced his retirement from rugby following a series of injuries. The flanker, who has played for Scotland A, Scotland 7s, Border Reivers and Edinburgh, never quite managed a full cap, and remains one of the unluckiest players never to get a cap; many would argue this was a huge injustice for a man who has been one of the most exciting players in Scottish Rugby.
Saturday, December 19th, 2015
Selkirk relegated but Melrose go second – Jedforest make it 8 out of 9
Selkirk have been relegated from the BT Premiership after losing at home to Glasgow Hawks this afternoon 15-33. Despite two tries from Ross Nixon and Josh Welsh the Souters were overpowered by Hawks in the first half in the face of a fierce wind. Hawks struck the killer blow just after the break, and despite fighting to the end, there would be no Houdini act for Selkirk. Melrose won 18-14 at Heriot’s to go second but Gala fell short at Stirling County, who leap-frogged them back into seventh. Hawick’s game against Boroughmuir was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
In NL1 Jedforest went in front late into stoppage time against Edinburgh Accies for the first time in the game, and that proved crucial as they held out for a few more seconds to win their eighth match in nine outings, scoring 3 tries to 1 in a 17-14 victory. Kelso and Peebles both stay in the bottom two places after defeats on the road at Marr and Dundee respectively.
Highlights of Selkirk v Glasgow Hawks (and Jed’s three tries against Edinburgh Accies) can be seen here here.
Friday, December 18th, 2015
Six Borderers in Under 18 camp
Following on from the news of 13 Borders players being selected for the Scotland Club International Squad, six local players have been called up for the extended Under 18 national squad which will play an international match in March against England as well as taking part in the inaugural 5 Nations Tournament in April. Melrose players Ruari Campbell and Patrick Anderson will be joined by Hawick youngsters Daniel Suddon and Kyle Brunton as well as Jed Thistle’s Robbie Yourston and Euan Jackson from Peebles.
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Melrose, Gala, Hawick and Jedforest get bonus point wins
Melrose bounced back with a good win at home to Stirling in the Premiership 29-14, Gala gained maximum points at Boroughmuir with a 28-19 victory which lifted them into seventh spot and Hawick beat Selkirk 35-18 in their game in the top division to keep the pressure on fourth placed Currie, who also won today at Glasgow Hawks. Ayr won the top of the table battle with Heriot’s 20-8. Meanwhile in National League 1 the top four teams all won and that included Jedforest in their away game at Peebles, getting over the line 24-16. Kelso were edged out by GHA at home while in National 3, Berwick and RHC drew 9-9.
Highlights of Hawick v Selkirk (played at Philiphaugh due to Hawick pitch unplayable) here.
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Gala beat Melrose in one of the few games to played today in Scotland
The pitch at Netherdale at the end of the game played in torrential rain and up to 60mph gusts of wind should have resembled a ploughed field, but as the players trouped off at the end there was little evidence that a game had even been played! But it was a tough day at the office for all on the park playing rugby in such dreadful conditions, and yet some quality rugby was indeed played. Melrose scored all their 10 points inside the first three minutes, with James Head scoring a try converted by Joe Helps, who also landed a long-range penalty. A David O’Hagan penalty just before half time reduced the gap to seven points and then Gala took control with two well-worked tries by full back Graham Speirs and a forwards effort touched down by Ewan Dods. O’Hagan converted two of them from the touchline and added a penalty at the end to bring the final score to 25-10. It was a return to form for the Maroons who capitalised on the even worse weather in the second half with Melrose facing horizontal rain. But this was a much better performance for Gala and a result which, in addition to giving them four valuable points in the Premiership, puts them on top of the table in the Booker Border League in this double header. They now must be hot favourites to go on and win the title for a fourth time in five years with a game in hand on Melrose and a superior points difference on Hawick. Watch highlights here.
The only other local match played involved Hawick Harlequins who lost 10-5 at Murrayfield Wanderers on the 4G pitch in the East League Division 1.
Friday, December 4th, 2015
13 Borders team players in Scottish Club Squad
Seven Melrose players, five from Hawick and one from Gala have been included in the Scottish Club XV squad which will play two games in February and March against England at Netherdale on February 26th, and Ireland in Cork on March 18th. Nick Beavon, James Bhatti, Grant Runciman, Lewis Carmichael, Fraser Thomson, San Pecquer and Neil Irvine-Hess (Melrose) will be joined by Nicky Little, Craig Charters, Ross Graham, Lee Armstrong and John Coutts (Hawick) and George Graham (Gala) to ensure there will be a big Borders presence within the 31 man squad. It will be the first time a full Club International will be played between Scotland and England.