Meet the team behind Borders Rugby TV
Bruce Aitchison is originally from Stow, but now based at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh where he'll be coaching the 1st XV with Roddy Deans this year.
He Played for Gala and Watsonians as well as overseas in the USA, NZ and Hong Kong and has coached at various clubs, famously winning the BT Cup with Boroughmuir at BT Murrayfield.
He is VERY active on Social Media as the creator of Happiness is Egg Shaped and loves after-dinner speaking in Clubland.
He is also the voice of Edinburgh Rugby as stadium announcer.
Bruce's energy levels are off the scale and he's bound to bring more than a few rays of sunshine to BRTV!
Murray Armitage is a talented law student now in his third year at Aberdeen University.
He's always had a keen interest in sport and in particular rugby, having played for many years for Kelso High School and the local club and still enjoys playing different sports and activities.
His interest in sports media came from a visit by BRTV founder Stuart Cameron who hosted three classes on the subject at Kelso High School.
He went on to win a £500 prize for his school and club in the Bill McLaren Foundation Commentating competition.
He will be our man in the north covering matches involving local sides when they visit Aberdeen Grammar, and when back down in the Borders he'll be a great asset to our team.
Hugh has been a well known voice in the region for over 25 years, having hosted the popular 'Golden Brown' programme on Radio Borders as well as the Saturday Sports Show.
He reported on Berwick Rangers for BBC Radio Newcastle for many seasons and was also the centre green presenter for the Berwick Bandits speedway team.
Prior to that he presented weather bulletins for STV as well as football reports for Scotsport Results.
Hugh has a wide sporting knowledge and will be a tremendous asset to the team when he covers matches for BRTV from his base in Edinburgh.
Stuart is the founder of Borders Rugby TV, and has been a regular voice on Radio Borders for many years covering the sport in the area as well as being Scottish Rugby correspondent for national radio station Talksport and covering rugby on TV for Sky Sports.
His passion is Borders Rugby, and despite being born in Edinburgh, he's always loved watching and reporting on rugby in this area.
He is delighted that with the help of clubs and individuals who share his passion that BRTV is back and he's determined to give local rugby exposure at all levels through the new service.
"Young players need local heroes as well as national ones to inspire them, and through BRTV we will enjoy witnessing future talent at the start of their careers," he said.
Dale played all his senior rugby for Peebles, captaining the club for two seasons until he had to retire at the age of 23 due to a knee injury.
Since then he has covered local rugby for Radio Borders, straight after his playing days were over, as both a summariser and also a lead commentator.
Dale was promoted, relegated and also a winner on the Kings of the 7s circuit during his short senior playing career, which has led to a venture in the local media which ironically has lasted longer and less tasking on his fragile knees!
Dale has a reputation for being very fair and balanced with his comments and is not afraid to give his opinions on Borders Rugby and rugby in general. He's looking forward to resuming his broadcasting with BRTV as a commentator, pundit and reporter.
Graeme Dodds was one of the most successful players in Borders Rugby when playing for Melrose.
He was capped for Scotland Club XV four times as well as for Scotland's 7s squad in 2005 playing on the World Series legs in Paris and London.
He won the Premiership title several times with Melrose and was part of their Scottish Cup winning side in 2008.
He won the Kings of the 7s title six times between 2002 and 2014 with his club and he has a coveted Melrose 7s winners' medal from 2011.
He is a superb summariser and memorably worked with the late commentator Stuart McCulloch as summariser on Radio Borders.
Andrew is a 25-year old farmer’s son from outside Kelso.
He has a background in journalism, but despite working in agriculture (often seen helping out fellow Kelso farmer and rugby legend John Jeffrey out in the fields) he has a burning passion for sport.
He's been an avid rugby watcher for as long as he can remember and has played competitive football for a number of years.
He's looking forward to bringing coverage of Borders rugby in the months to come as a reporter and camera operator.
Jamie is one of our talented young contributors who hails from Hawick and brings a lot of flair and enthusiasm.
He is the grandson of Hawick rugby legends Oliver Grant and Tom Lyall.
As a player he turned out many times for Hawick Force and played rugby to a good standard, and in earlier years was part of the Scottish Cup winning U16 side.
He enjoyed three back-to-back league wins with Hawick Youth U18s and then Hawick Force.
His passion for voice acting and voice work is something BRTV will take full advantage of and we are really excited to be working with him this season.
Rob is responsible for our magnificent drone shots of the various grounds in the Borders and has provided high quality images to specific customer requirements for many years.
He has provided news and sports images to local, national and international media outlets for over 30 years, with a solid grounding in traditional photographic skills, brought right up to date with the latest in digital imaging techniques and equipment, and the ability to capture sharp original images.
His rugby images are spectacular and he's looking forward to providing visual content for Borders Rugby TV as well as undertaking some exciting special projects with BRTV throughout the season.
He has CAA drone certification and currently flies a sub250gm aircraft for aerial images and photography.
Fraser has been one of the most recognisable and popular players in the Borders for a number of years, lighting up rugby pitches with his mesmerising play.
Deceptively fast and incredibly strong he has racked up an incredible amount of tries for Selkirk and later Jedforest, and his talent was rewarded with appearances for the Scotland Club XV and Scotland's 7s squad.
He now spends his time getting his rugby fix by coaching and still has plenty to offer the game. BRTV has captured many memorable Harky moments on camera we can look back and enjoy, and occasionally we will take advantage of his forthright opinions on rugby when he appears as a pundit for us this season from time to time.
Gary is one of the most respected sports journalists in the business.
A former editor of the SCRUM magazine, he has his own company, GH Media, and is employed by many national and local media outlets.
His attention to detail and genuine warmth towards his interviewees he always manages to get the most out of his subject and has a knack of getting underneath the headlines to bring stories to life.
His research in getting the best out of people he is writing about is admired and respected by all and his enthusiasm is plain to see.
He is very much in demand and BRTV is thrilled to have him as part of our team and we very much look forward to his contributions throughout the season.
The big man from Kelso is rarely seen without a phone almost super-glued to his ear!
He is always in contact with players, clubs and agents, working hard to develop and promote fresh talent not just from the Borders but from all over the UK.
He is currently Director of Rugby at Kelso but has been team manager at Heriot's and also for Samurai Rugby, the world famous invitational Sevens team.
He has been team manager for The South since 2016 and believes the South still has a place in Borders Rugby.
Neil has many interesting views on the game and we look forward to hearing what he has to say when he joins us as a pundit this season.
Coming from Hawick, rugby was Graham's sport of choice from a very early age. He used to follow his dad around with his refereeing and now enjoys watching brother Stuart play on the biggest stages in the world.
His first of many highs as a player was making his Hawick debut against Melrose aged 16.
He signed a professional contract with the Border Reivers and national academy and travelled around the world with Scotland's 7s team.
He gained national honours at U18, U19 and U20 levels too.
He finished his playing career in Italy and took up coaching duties with West of Scotland and working as a development officer.
Now back in Hawick he's keen to continue helping out at local clubs with skills development and loves the idea of putting Borders Rugby back on the map.
Grahame is one of the most recognisable broadcasters in Scotland.
He has been with BBC Radio Scotland for many years covering rugby and working in the news department.
Grahame contributed a lot of Borders Rugby TV in the early days of its existence from 2008 onwards and we are delighted to have him back this time round.
One of his astonishing claims to fame is that he has never missed a Scotland rugby home international game since 1953 which must be some kind of record as he approaches the 300 mark!
He is a seasoned presenter, reporter and commentator.
Stuart has an encyclopaedic sports brain, recalling facts and figures at the drop of a hat, which perhaps explains why he is never lost for words as a commentator.
A much in-demand live presenter or sports and entertainment functions, Stuart's work as commentator for Radio Borders and Borders Rugby TV in the past has led to him being the number one rugby commentator for BBC Radio Scotland, covering the Japan World Cup and being the commentator on BBC Radio Five Live when Scotland drew 38-38 with England at Twickenham.
He now also provides TV coverage for Premier Sports and we will be delighted to have him commentate for us when he is available!
Another Radio Borders and Borders Rugby TV commentator and interviewer who has gone on to broadcast for Premier Sports TV, Bruce has been involved with rugby for many years as a player and coach.
Following his spell at Kelso RFC he is now Director of Rugby at Duns, and he also runs his own gym in that part of the Borders.
Bruce is certainly in demand for his commentary work and looks back at one of his most memorable times at the microphone when he covered Scotland A against England Saxons for BRTV when the Scots won 35-0 with Stuart Hogg scoring that wonder try which has since gone viral with millions of views. We hope to have him at the microphone to capture more magic moments with BRTV.
Kelly has been involved in rugby for over 20 years.
She captained the Scotland Women's under 18 team and played for Scotland Women's 'A' squad. She was also the captain of Melrose Ladies for their first home 7s win.
As a referee she achieved a Level 3 qualification and spent over five years doing that before turning to coaching.
She is currently Head Coach of Kelso Ladies RFC, who are competing in National League 1 after winning their league two years in a row.
BRTV is very keen to involve referees in our rugby coverage and Kelly will be offering her expertise during some of our commentary matches.
Ryan Nixon is a 22-year-old Edinburgh Napier journalism graduate from Selkirk and another valuable member of the team as a camera operator, reporter and presenter.
Having held a keen interest in rugby from the perspective of both a fan and a reporter since a young age, he has worked behind the scenes for both Selkirk RFC and Edinburgh Rugby, and has covered matches from amateur to international levels.
His camera work has been used by ITV Border and he is a very bright prospect for the future.
He joins the Borders Rugby TV team keen to help us improve the coverage for clubs across the region.
The pinnacle of Robin's playing career, he will be the first to admit, was hardly Everest!
A few games for Jed in the old mid 90s First Division and a couple of turnouts for South Under 18s was as good as it got for him.
However, Robin is an extremely keen watcher of rugby at all levels over many years, and he can certainly be described as a rugby nut who has always harboured a secret desire to report on the game.
Now he gets his chance to cover rugby at all levels, and his enthusiasm will be there for all to see and hear on BRTV, whether covering a Premiership match or a Semi Junior game.
Born and brought up in Darnick just outside Melrose and now living in Newtown St Boswells, Barbara trained and taught P.E. but now works as the Principal Teacher at Ednam and Sprouston Primaries.
Married to former Melrose scrum half Beezer Shiel they have two teenagers, Thomas and Lewis, and two dogs. Barbara also played for Melrose Ladies Rugby Club.
She enjoys participating in all sports, loves to keep fit and enjoys a challenge. She recently completed the Coast2Coast challenge with seven others raising money for Doddie Weir's Foundation and when the ITV Border special programme is shown later this year viewers will see her bubbly personality light up the show.
"Babs" will be a huge asset to BRTV and will often be presenting programmes and conducting pitch-side interviews.
Many will know Simon from his many TV appearances in his role of former Chair of the Campaign for Borders Rail, but many won't realise that he has been involved with the media for many years, including a long stint at BBC Television and Radio.
He has produced and worked on many sports and music productions, and although based now in South Yorkshire he regularly returns to the area and will be working both behind the scenes in various capacities as well as reporting on Borders Rugby over the coming season.
Before the pandemic, Simon was contributing to ITV Border and Talksport Radio coverage of Scotland Rugby internationals.
Euan has a very keen interest in the non-playing side of rugby. He comes from a very good rugby stock with his grandfather playing for Hawick in the team that once won 10 7s tournaments in a row, and his dad played for Hawick YM.
When he was 16, during the 2018/19 season, he covered a few of Hawick Youth Rugby's games and edited footage into a highlights video, conducted post-match interviews and match reports.
That experience has helped him develop his broadcasting and creative skills and his time at Borders Rugby TV will enhance both, and we look forward to helping him produce high quality content for Borders Rugby TV.
Ronald has been filming and reporting on rugby for several years. A former pupil of Hawick High School, he went straight into the world of media to form his own company. His images have been used on all the national TV stations and he went from freelancing for ITV Border to Technical Director of “Good Morning Britain” working from the studios in London.
Ronald will be covering and filming games in the Borders when he returns from London, but even when he's in the capital he'll be looking after our social media coverage on Saturday afternoons. He also built this website. There’s no doubt he is heading for the top in his profession and with age on his side (he’s still only 22) he has a wonderful career ahead of him.
Bill started playing rugby at secondary school and after leaving played mostly for junior club Kenmore at hooker and tight head prop.
Bill was also one of those rare props who was very capable of kicking goals.
He became involved in administration and coaching with Edinburgh & District Rugby Union Colts and from there moved into refereeing junior matches and the lower league senior clubs.
Bill is a keen and enthusiastic cricketer and it was reporting on that sport for Radio Forth and sometimes for the Edinburgh Evening News that led to him covering rugby for both Radio Forth and then Radio Borders before joining BRTV.
If you're passionate about Borders Rugby and would like to join the team, we'd love to hear from you.
We have a mix of experience and youth, and for enthusiastic reporters, presenters, camera operators, commentators or content producers we have a platform where you can showcase your talents, particularly for youngsters who have ambitions of a career in the media.