IT has been confirmed that Melrose are to change their name ahead of the new Super 6 starting later this year.

Although the Border Telegraph made enquiries about reports of a name-change during the summer, officials at the Greenyards refused to comment.

But today it has been confirmed that the semi-pro team will now be called Southern Knights.

A spokesman said: "While the home of the team will be in Melrose, at the foot of the Eildon Hills, the rugby talent and support will be drawn from other local clubs and towns too.

"The Southern Knights will play in a new kit specially designed to reflect this, made up of all the colours of the local Borders teams.

"Since December 2018 the rugby management team and the board of directors have worked to recruit a strong squad of players from the existing Melrose squad and from the whole of the Scottish Borders, to help rejuvenate rugby in the area.

"It was imperative to chairman Gordon Brown that the team name reflected this broader Borders outlook."

Melrose are the only Super 6 team changing their name.

The Southern Knights will face Ayr, Boroughmuir, Heriots, Stirling and Watsonians from November in Scottish rugby's semi-professional league.

Head coach Rob Chrystie said: “The Southern Knights for 2019-20 is a really dynamic and well balanced squad with some local familiar faces.

"The management team are determined to create an environment that will challenge all players, while creating a platform for those with the ability and desire to progress into professional rugby.

“This is an exciting time in Scottish rugby and I’m thrilled to be a part of it as we look forward to the inaugural Super 6 season.

"We can’t wait to get started.”

The National League second-string team will continue to play as Melrose.