The third leg of the Kings of the Sevens tournament visits Mansfield Park on Saturday as the 120th edition of the historic Hawick Sevens takes place.
Unbeaten for more than 20 matches at home, Hawick have managed to win six consecutive home sevens titles, with the Robbie Dyes aiming to make it seven this weekend as they look to continue their unprecedented recent run of victories.
The hosts and top Scottish clubs competing in the series will be joined in the knock-out style event by Hawick YM, Edinburgh University, Northumberland, Hamilton, Trinidad and Tobago and a President’s VII.
Hawick Sevens convener, Alan Forest, admitted the tournament is always a difficult task to organise on Cup Final day, however, the man in charge is pleased with how the event is shaping up and is looking forward to another spectacular afternoon of sevens rugby.
“It is always a difficult one for us with the Cup Final on the same day, as we lose some of the teams or they send weakened sides, and this year is no different as both Heriot’s and Glasgow Hawks have had to pull out.
“But this year, however, we have a full complement of Borders sides, as none of them are involved with the cup final and they’ll be bringing their strongest squads, which will guarantee some quality rugby on show come Saturday.”
The home side will be going for their seventh home sevens title in a row, something Forest believes will be difficult, but not impossible.
“With no Borders teams involved in the cup final and good showings from Watsonians (at Gala) and Edinburgh Accies (at Melrose) at the last two events, and our first match against Jed, it means it is going to be very difficult to keep the winning streak going.
“It is great that we have managed to make it six in a row at our own tournament. All things going well, all the teams and fans will have a great afternoon and the cup will remain at Mansfield Park.”
Hawick RFC president, Rory Bannerman, is delighted to announce that Royal Bank of Canada will continue as the main sponsor of the event for the second year in a row, adding: “Hawick RFC is very pleased to continue our relationship with RBC, who will be the principal sponsor again this year.
“We are happy to build on the success of 2013 and are confident that this year will be even better.”
The draw, which was made on Monday morning, sees the hosts pitted against Jed-Forest ,while neighbours Hawick YM have a tough task when they face up to current Kings of the Sevens leaders Melrose.
In addition to the main competition, the tournament will be backed up by an S1 age group tournament for the future Greens, organised by Hawick Albion and featuring the following teams: Hawick, Musselburgh, Melrose, Jed-Forest, Gala, Duns and Kelso.