All roads lead to The Greenyards this Saturday as rugby clubs from near and far take part in the 124th playing of the Melrose Sevens tournament.
Top Scottish clubs, competing for the 2014 Kings of the Sevens honours, will this year be joined by international teams USA Tigers, Trinidad and Tobago, Glasgow Warriors and Clermont Auvergne.
Melrose Sevens convener Ian Cooper is delighted at the calibre of the sides his committee has been able to attract to this year’s tournament.
“With Clermont Auvergne eager to improve their position of 2013, together with USA Tigers and Glasgow Warriors, I feel that any one of a dozen sides is capable of winning the tournament,” he added. “Add to that the unknown quantity of Trinidad and Tobago, and I believe we can look forward to yet another outstanding afternoon of top-quality sevens rugby.”
Melrose RFC is also delighted to announce the continued sponsorship from Aberdeen Asset Management as main sponsor for the 2014 event.
President Mike Bleasdale added: “Since the game of sevens was born at Melrose 131 years ago, the game has grown into a global sport and, as I understand, the fastest-growing team sport in the world at this time.
“With the IRB series growing each year, the inclusion of rugby sevens in the Commonwealth Games and, for the first time in 2016, the Olympic Games in Brazil, we are delighted to welcome back Aberdeen Asset Management as sponsors of the tournament where it all started.”
Prize money will be awarded as follows: winners – £3,000; runners-up – £1,500; defeated semi-finalists – £1,000; defeated quarter-finalists – £500. In addition, the winners and runners-up will receive the Ladies Centenary Cup and Sanderson Salver respectively.
As well as the main event on Saturday, the tournament will be backed up as always by The Davidson Chalmers Vets Tournament (Friday), a Junior Coaching Clinic, under the direction of Rob Moffat and Jim Telfer, and a ladies’ exhibition sevens match.
Of course, one of the main attractions of the sevens for local rugby followers is the Ko7s tournament, and with hosts Melrose getting off to a flying start in Gala last week (see report on page 84 and 85), they will definitely be eyeing up their own event which they last won in 2011.