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Last Updated: Monday, 17 July 2006, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Borders complete Grimes signing
Stuart Grimes
Grimes is hoping for a return to Scotland's national side
Border Reivers have signed experienced Scotland lock Stuart Grimes on a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old is Scotland's fourth most capped player with 71 caps, but took a one-year break from the international arena in August 2005.

"The Borders are a young and ambitious side and made huge improvements last season - hopefully I can make a big contribution to the club," said Grimes.

Grimes spent seven seasons at Newcastle Falcons, making 120 appearances.

The former Watsonians and Glasgow player said he hoped his return to the Scottish game would boost his international chances as he makes himself available for his country again.

"My main focus for the coming seasons will be the Celtic League which I've never played in before, and travelling to Wales and Ireland for away games will definitely keep me on my toes," said Grimes.

We are incredibly fortunate to have signed a player of Stuart's undoubted international quality and experience

Borders coach Steve Bates

"Also, with competition for places in the Scotland squad becoming increasingly tough, it would be an added honour for me if I could make a return for next year's World Cup in France.

"Moving to the Borders is hugely exciting for me because I will be hooking up with coaches that know me and who I've played with before.

"I worked with Steve Bates at Newcastle and I played for Scotland with Alan Tait and George Graham so the relationship I have with the coaches is already very strong.

"That aside, I'm just really looking forward to returning to Scotland and being a part of Scottish rugby once again."

Reivers head coach Bates added: "From our point of view, we are incredibly fortunate to have signed a player of Stuart's undoubted international quality and experience.

"We are really looking forward to his contribution both on and off the field."



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