Scotland rugby great John Rutherford wins cancer battle

Scotland rugby great John Rutherford has urged all men over 50 to get tested for prostate cancer after winning his own battle against the disease which killed his brother.

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Melrose are one of the leading lights in club rugby and have the most to lose if the Super Six fails. Picture: SNS/SRU

Will Super Six be the saviour or slayer of club rugby?

The year ahead promises to be an interesting one for rugby. The best two teams in world rugby will meet for the first time since 2014 and either New Zealand or England will get a huge boost one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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The play of Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is reminiscent of illustrious predecessors Gregor Townsend and John Rutherford. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Finn Russell raises my hopes for Scotland

Unquenched by experience, hope springs eternal in the Scottish rugby supporter’s breast. It has had to. Things would have been intolerable otherwise in the long winter we have lived through since that joyous day in Paris when Scotland ran riot against France and won the last Five Nations title.That was in 1999, when Zander Fagerson wasn’t yet in primary school, and when, for all I know, Finn Russell had not yet handled a rugby ball.

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Joe helps was a key man for Melrose

Melrose make it two sevens in a row

Melrose secured their second Kings of the Sevens title in the space of seven days after triumphing at Selkirk yesterday with a 38-17 win over Watsonians in a physical final, writes Alan Lorimer at Philiphaugh.

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Graham Marshall is returning to Selkirk as head coach. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Graham Marshall replaces Peter Wright as Selkirk coach

Selkirk have announced the return of Graham Marshall as head coach following the resignation of Peter Wright.


Selkirk 12 – 31 Melrose

Melrose warmed up for their BT Cup semi-final and Premiership play-off double-header against Ayr with a comfortable win in their final home league game of the season, writes Atholl Innes at Philiphaugh.

John Rutherford in his garden in Selkirk with his dog Leo. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Interview: John Rutherford’s Calcutta Cup Memories

Today’s Six Nations stars train every day and skip the post-match banquet, whereas the players of yesteryear were involved in rather less build-up and a good bit more wind-down – and oh how we chortle at those tales of aftershave-quaffing and the oldest trophy being used as a ball. But the yarns can do a disservice to guys like Scotland’s John Rutherford, who was devoted to his sport, otherwise how could he have become the best stand-off in the world?


Selkirk 12 – 34 Boroughmuir: Visitors keep up play-off chase

BOROUGHMUIR scored a vital win in their bid to save a possible play-off decider with an emphatic bonus-point win against relegated Selkirk despite playing part of the game with two players cooling their heels in the sin-bin at the same time, writes Atholl Innes at Philiphaugh.

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Calum Forrester: Happy with much improved display. Picture: SNS Group

Selkirk ‘community’ players took Ayr beating ‘with dignity’

Selkirk are old-school, a Borders team “playing for the toon”, almost totally reliant on players they can produce from within their own community, some of whom – Ronnie Cowan, John Rutherford, Scott Nichol say – will go right to the top.

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Frazier Climo scored a try and kicked eight conversions. Picture: Greg Macvean

Ayr 78 - 0 Selkirk: Leaders run in 12 tries

AYR all but guaranteed finishing the regular BT Premiership season in top spot with this 12-try demolition of already-relegated Selkirk, writes Matt Vallance at Millbrae.

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Peter Wright: Keen to stay. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Glasgow Hawks victory sends Selkirk down

Glasgow Hawks scored five tries to collect a bonus point and maintain a challenge for a Premiership play-off place while, at the same time, sending Selkirk sliding back into the national league in trying conditions at Philiphaugh, writes Atholl Innes.

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Gregor Hunter kicked three conversions for Hawks. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Selkirk 15 - 33 Glasgow Hawks: Selkirk relegated

GLASGOW Hawks maintained their challenge for a Premiership play-off slot and relegated Selkirk in a match at Philiphaugh spoiled by a strong wind, writes Atholl Innes.

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Lee Armstrong made a whirlwind start for Hawick with a try, conversion and penalty. Picture:

Hawick 35-Selkirk 18: Bonus-point win for Greens

Hawick achieved the five championship points they had targeted after running in four tries against Selkirk in yesterday’s BT Premiership match switched from an unplayable Mansfield Park to Philiphaugh, writes Alan Lorimer.

The late Jim Inglis, a Selkirk stalwart capped once for Scotland, pictured last year at Philiphaugh between John Rutherford, left, and Andrew Renwick. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Allan Massie: Clubs depend on likes of Jim Inglis

Jim Inglis, known since his now long distant playing days as “Basher”, was one of the best liked and most admired stalwarts of Borders rugby. Along with his wife Mary, he received the SRU’s Spirit of Rugby award last year; and there can’t have been a dissenting voice in the Borders or anyone who didn’t think the award thoroughly deserved. The Scotsman has already paid tribute to him in its obituary and an appreciation, but there are a 
couple of things I would like to add.

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Selkirk 29 - 46 Currie: Currie go fourth

CURRIE moved into fourth position in the BT Premiership after a high-scoring game in which each side scored bonus points

Jim Inglis with his wife Mary after receiving the Spirit of Rugby award. Picture: Grant Kinghorn

Former Scots rugby player Jim Inglis dies, aged 87

THE Scottish Rugby Union have led tributes to former Scotland prop Jim Inglis after he passed away aged 87.

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Heriot’s 70-8 Selkirk: Smith happy as Heriot’s rout Selkirk

Selkirk found themselves on the wrong end of a hammering as Heriot’s put a dozen tries past them to rack up the BT Premiership’s highest score of the season.

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Heriot's Russell Nimmo weighed in with two tries. Picture: Jane Barlow

Heriot’s 70-8 Selkirk: Rout at Goldenacre

Heriot’s consolidated their place in the top two of the BT Premiership with a convincing victory at Goldenacre over the league’s bottom club who are sliding relentlessly towards relegation after only one season in the top flight.

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Scott Hendrie's try for Selkirk was not enough against Stirling County. Picture: Grant Kinghorn

Stirling pick up win and bonus at Selkirk

Stirling County returned to winning ways with a bonus point victory over a Selkirk side that badly misfired in the middle part of game but which restored self esteem with a couple of late tries.

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Scott Hendrie's try for Selkirk was not enough against Stirling County. Picture: Grant Kinghorn

Stirling pick up win and bonus at Selkirk

Stirling County returned to winning ways with a bonus point victory over a Selkirk side that badly misfired in the middle part of game but which restored self esteem with a couple of late tries.

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