Borders representation for Scotland this weekend

Hawick’s Stuart Hogg will start for Scotland in Cardiff against Wales on Saturday with former Jedforest scrum half Greig Laidlaw on the bench alongside ex Melrose player Jamie Bhatti.

In the Scotland Under 20 team to play Wales tomorrow night is Hawick back row Guy Graham, who will wear the number 7 jersey. On the bench is Melrose back row Rory Darge, who joined from North Berwick. Rory (pictured) is currently at Borders College and is an HNC Sports Performance student. He said: “I’m extremely proud and excited to be called into the U20 squad and really looking forward to it. Nikki Walker from Hawick is on the coaching staff of the Under 20 squad with Borderer Steve Scott Head Coach.

This weekend will be a very proud one for Hawick coach and former Scotland Prop George Graham. As well as his son Guy starting for Scotland, one of his other three sons, Gary, is in the 25-man squad for England who will play Italy.

The Scottish Women have a number of girls with Borders connections lining up for their game against Wales including Lisa Thomson and Chloe Rollie. We wish them all well as they wear the blue jersey.