Rugby fans in seventh heaven as the Borders’ biggest sporting event returns after a two-year absence

Action from the last Melrose Sevens two years ago (Picture: Bill McBurnie)

Saturday’s seven-a-side competition will be the centerpiece of a four-day Greenyards-centric event, as previously planned before Covid-19 restrictions forced cancellations for two consecutive years.

It kicks off tonight with a dinner at the Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame and continues with a charity sevens match tomorrow night at 7.30pm in aid of the motor neurone disease research charity set up by the rugby legend Borders Doddie Weir, followed at 8 p.m. , by a match at 15 between Fosroc Super6, Southern Knights and Boroughmuir Bears.

Hamish, Angus and Ben, the sons of former Scottish lock Weir, will be captains for the previous game, joining Freddie Tuilagi, Sam Tui’tupau, Iwan Tukalo, Tom Varndell, David Hilton, Fergus Thompson, Scott Lawson, Rob Vickers, Opeta Palapoi, Ally Hogg, Allan Bateman, Rowen Shepherd, Craig Joiner and Adam Roxburgh.

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Kelso’s Bruce McNeil, with Hawick at the time, on the ball against Boroughmuir at the 2019 Melrose Sevens (Picture: Bill McBurnie)

The draw has been made for Saturday’s 1883 Centenary Cup competition and its first round will be Glasgow Hawks v Musselburgh, Stirling County v Hawick, Boroughmuir v Currie, Selkirk v Ayr, Kelso v Invitational The Co-Optimists, Samurai v Heriot’s, GHA v Gala, Accies of Edinburgh v Jed-Forest, Peebles v Aberdeen and Marr v Watsonians, with Melrose among six teams given a bye to the second round.

The Borders teams and two of their participating Edinburgh opponents will also be competing for Kings of the 7s points, with Melrose currently leading with 13 points after two rounds and Jed-Forest second from 10, followed by Hawick and Gala at tied for third place. with eight and Selkirk in fifth place with seven. Kelso is seventh with five and Peebles eighth with three.

The proceedings will close with a concert conducted by alternative rock veteran Big Country on Sunday evening.

Melrose Commercial and Sevens Manager Phil Morris said: “Being able to attract quality teams to Melrose really allows us to put this event on the world rugby sevens stage.

“It will be a fantastic weekend of rugby that will continue to celebrate the traditions we all hold dear.

“We want our sevens tournament to be fun. There will be something for everyone, young and old.

“Melrose is where rugby sevens was invented in 1883 and we will come back strong.

“Melrose and the local community have missed two Sevens events due to Covid, and we are looking forward to being able to hold our 132nd Sevens event and bring people back to the Borders. It’s exciting to be part of it. »


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