Hopes of bringing a prestigious rugby sevens tournament to Melrose are in the balance after Scottish rugby chiefs announced plans to tackle £23m debts.
Funding partners are being sought for the Border Reivers
Talks will take place in the next few days between the Scottish Rugby Union and IRB World Sevens oganisers.
The SRU's debt could force it to scrap the national Sevens team, which competes on the IRB circuit.
Such a move could see the withdrawal of a proposal from the IRB to bring the lucrative competition to the Borders.
It is estimated the tournament could bring millions into the local economy.
The current IRB sevens season is coming to a close with tournaments in London and Paris.
Other venues this season have included Dubai, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
The planned cuts have also cast doubt over the future of the professional rugby team the Border Reivers.
If external funding cannot be found the status of the team, and others in Edinburgh and Glasgow, is to be reviewed.
Chief executive Gordon McKie announced the SRU's intention to seek "joint ventures" with business partners to keep the pro-rugby teams alive.
Mr McKie said: "Scottish Rugby has lost over £20m in nine of the last 11 years, so it's no surprise that our budget priorities now dictate this long overdue action by the board."