Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Bruce McNeil to lead The Greens again next season
Hawick’s captain from last season, Bruce McNeil (pictured), has been given the captain’s arm band to take them through the 2017-18 campaign, with Lee Armstrong his deputy. The two stalwarts, along with new Head Coach, Darren Cunningham, are confident that the squad, featuring a lot of new blood including youngsters stepping up from semi junior rugby, can deliver the goods on the pitch as they aim to finish in a top four position. Former back row player Brian Renwick has taken over the role of Director of Rugby so that the Head Coach can get on with matters on the field.
In other news, Hawick’s Rory Hutton, who has had a brilliant career in the famous green shirt, has left the club to take up a position alongside another ex Green Scott McLeod, at Watsonians. The 30 year old now lives and works in Edinburgh and he’s looking forward to the new challenge.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Melrose need a big push for their 3G Pitch
Melrose Rugby Club’s plans for a new 3G Pitch and floodlights are ambitious but would provide them, and the community, with fantastic facilities. It would also enable them to submit planning for the development of a community sports facility at the home of Rugby 7s.
The crowd funding page they launched a few months ago has set the target of £150,000 by August 4th but so far only 6% (under £9,500) has been pledged, and time is running out. If you would like to donate to this click on the following link where you will find full details.
Friday, July 21st, 2017
Peebles 7s Draw Announced
The draw has been made for the Green Field Marquees 7s which will take place on Saturday, August 5th, at The Gytes.
For the first time it will be a Pool system featuring 12 teams in four pools of three. Holders Melrose have been drawn with Jedforest and Hawick, while hosts Peebles have Edinburgh Accies and Earlston. Pool A sees Gala, Selkirk and Berwick square off while in the other, Kings of the 7s champions Watsonians will need to get past Biggar and Kelso to make the semi finals.
POOL A: SELKIRK, GALA, BERWICK
POOL B: EARLSTON, PEEBLES, EDINBURGH ACCIES
POOL C: BIGGAR, KELSO, WATSONIANS
POOL D: MELROSE, JEDFOREST, HAWICK
Friday, July 21st, 2017
Borders & East Lothian U16s, U18s & U20s to face Edinburgh at Netherdale 4G
The Borders & East Lothian will play Edinburgh at U16, U18 & U20 levels on the Netherdale 4G pitch on Wednesday 26 July at 4.30, 6.00 & 7.30pm respectively.
The U16 & U18s will then face Caledonia in Aberdeen, before taking on Glasgow & The West at Lasswade on Sunday 6th August at 1.30 & 3.15pm before a Finals Day at BT Murrayfield for all age grades on Sunday 13th August. Pictured below is Melrose Wasps player Lanyon Rowley, who is one of the contenders to be picked for the Borders & East Lothian U18 team.
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Draw made for the Borders Shield
The seven Borders East League teams will take part in this season’s Borders Shield competition, currently held by Hawick Harlequins, who last season beat Berwick 29-0 in the final. The Quins (pictured below) also won the Fraser James Partnership Ltd Trophy for Best Borders East League team last year.
Hawick Harlequins have a home draw against Duns, while neighbours Hawick Linden host Berwick. In the other tie Gala YM will play at Netherdale against Earlston while Langholm have a bye into the Semi Finals. The ties will take place on Saturday 11th November.
Monday, July 17th, 2017
Selkirk looking for pre-season warm up game
Selkirk RFC are looking to play a 1st XV pre-season warm-up match either at Philiphaugh or away from home on Saturday 19th August. If anyone can assist please contact team manager Tom Ramage at the club on 01750 22853 or 07709 215255, or by email to email@example.com
Selkirk are also hosting a School of Rugby camp at Philiphaugh on August 9th and 10th for P1-P6 players and also P7-U15 age group for both boys and girls. Places can be booked from Director of Rugby Ewen Robbie on 07584 655059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Melrose sign exciting teenager / Mark Robertson lands coaching role
17 Year Old Andrew Jardine has joined Melrose from Biggar. Andrew has already been selected for Scotland Under 18s and has trained with the BT Academy. He joins former Kelso front row Grant Shiells in signing for the Greenyards club. Meanwhile former Melrose star Mark Robertson (pictured) has joined the BT Academy coaching team to develop young talent. Mark has been appointed to the Borders and East Lothian Academy as a replacement for Mike Legget who will move to the Glasgow and West area.
Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Peebles 7s draw to be streamed live
The rugby season locally will get underway again on August 5th at 1.30pm with Round 1 of the Belhaven Riverside Rock Kings of the 7s 2018 tournament at Peebles. The tournament, sponsored by Green Field Marquees, at the Gytes switched to pre-season last year, bucking the trend of the other rounds on the circuit, meaning that whoever wins will top the table for eight months before Round 2 at Netherdale when the Gala 7s takes place on April 8th. The draw for the Peebles 7s will take place on July 21st at the clubhouse and will be streamed live. Borders Rugby TV will be providing extensive coverage of the event including action from the four Pools featuring the 12 teams, the Semi Finals and the Final. We will also be following the home team on their journey throughout the tournament. Melrose (pictured) won the event in 2016 captained by Grant Runciman.
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
Gregor Young retains Jed captaincy
Gregor Young (pictured) has been announced as captain of Jedforest for another season. The centre and former Scottish 7s international will lead his side into the BT National 1 campaign starting in September. Paulo Ferreira has been named as Vice Captain. Selkirk have signed Prop Luke Pettie from Gala and will also be joined at Philiphaugh by Second Row/Flanker Callum Leckey from Belfast Harlequins and Utility Back Steven Hamilton, previously a Dalkeith player. Meanwhile Melrose have signed Grant Shiells, the former Kelso, Rotherham and Edinburgh Rugby front row specialist. Richard Taylor is stepping down from player duties to take up the position of defence coach at the club.