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Teams from all over the Scottish Borders, as well as Berwick from Northumberland, form the Border League.

This season the competition is played in a league format between the 7 highest placed clubs in the SRU national leagues. All clubs play each other once, with the winner decided on a simple league basis with no play-offs. This year's draws, dates and results, together with a list of previous winners, can be found at

For more about the Clubs, visit the Club's website:

Berwick RFC
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Earlston RFC
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Hawick RFC
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Jed-Forest RFC

Langholm RFC
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Melrose RFC
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Peebles RFC
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Selkirk RFC
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Border League Committee:

Graham Low (Gala)
Secretary/ Treasurer:
Norman Anderson (Kelso)

The Bookers Border League

Sponsored by Bookers

"Borders rugby has two fantastic brands where the clubs are allowed to compete against each other in what is always competitive competition.

The Border league, which is the oldest club league in the world dating back to 1901 and has enjoyed continued sponsorship from Bookers. This year they added to that with additional sponsorship involving a new Bookers man of the match at each and every border league game numbering 21 prizes in total. This year the Bookers Border league is being played out on a straight league format and looks set to be very tight indeed.

The other great brand is the Kings of the Sevens, that comprises 10 tournaments throughout the Borders in the spring. Points are awarded at each event to teams depending on their success and the team with the most points after the final tournament are crowned Kings of the Sevens. This year Phil Macari of AM PM Event catering have come in as the major sponsor and the sevens circuit will be known as the AM PM Event catering Kings of the Sevens.

Borders rugby are indebted to these sponsors and to Border Marketing for their fantastic assistance in creating and updating the Kings of the Sevens website ."

Graham Low
President, Border League

The early days of rugby in the Borders

The early days of rugby in the Borders - Gala at Mossilee around 1900

John Jardine's winning goal kick

John Jardine's winning goal kick for Jed-forest against Hawick at Riverside Park in 1913-1914

History of the Border League

The five Border rugby clubs who banded together to form the first competitive rugby league in the world had already been setting about each other for many years before they took their historic decision.

With strong links and even stronger rivalry well established they were able to blend their irregular games into a competition that became one of the longest lasting and most intense in Scottish amateur sport.

The founding fathers probably didn't know, and equally probably would have not cared very much, that they were creating a league which was not only the first in the rugby world, but the third oldest rugby union competition of any kind.

Only the Calcutta Cup, first played in 1879, and the University Match, first played in 1872, are older than the competition which was put together in the Borders in 1901-2.

The Border League now in its second century still bears an uncanny resemblance to the shape it bore when it emerged from the first years of uncertainty. The League still nourishes the links between the Border clubs, enjoys a robust social life, and provides the framework for the game to flourish in the South country - all objectives which the founding fathers would, if they could, applaud today.

An excerpt from "The Border League Story" by Laing Speirs
One Hundred Years of the World's Oldest Rugby League

(Available from Laing Speirs, Telephone 01835 823768.)

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