The Scottish Borders truly is the heartland of Scottish rugby. For an area with such a relatively small population, it has made an enormous contribution to the game at a national level, as well as supplying so many of Scotland's greatest rugby players.

It was in the Scottish Borders that the world-famous game of rugby sevens was born more than a century ago and where its premier competition is still played each spring.

All of the main towns in the Scottish Borders - Hawick, Selkirk, Melrose, Jedburgh, Kelso, Galashiels and Peebles - have a local rugby team who compete in the various Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) leagues. All the club league games make for a great spectator experience,but there’s always a special edge when any of the Borders teams go up against each other.

As the renowned rugby commentator and famed Borderer – Bill McLaren once described it, “To see a Borders rugby game is to witness the intensity, fervour, rivalry and spirit of the Scottish Borders".

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