On Sunday the sevens bandwagon rolls into Earlston as the Kings of the Sevens contest moves rapidly into round eight of the 10-event series.
Earlston’s scenic little ground, the Haugh, always provides a good setting for a tournament which makes up in friendliness, a unique atmosphere and fiercely-contested ties for what it may lack in size.
The Live at the BAR Earlston Sevens has also grown to become one of the best social events in the local sporting calendar – and this year will be no exception with great rugby on show, the usual beer tent, live music in the marquee after the tournament and a bank holiday the next day.
Along with the likes of Duns and St Boswells, Earlston Rugby Club plays a vital part in the rugby landscape of the Borders. Earlston Sevens convener Richard Aitchison told TheSouthern: “The Kings of the sevens circuit provides a terrific boost for rugby in the Borders.
“As well as being a valuable source of income for clubs, it gives us the opportunity to see some of the best club players in the country playing fast, exciting rugby.”
On the field, Melrose have been the form team on the circuit and they will be looking to lift the cup at Earlston for the fifth year in a row.
“Our tournament also includes a number of junior teams who will relish the chance to test themselves against the top seeds, and will no doubt be looking to cause a huge upset on the day,” added Mr Aitchison, who also paid tribute to everyone who helps make the Earlston event one of the best on the circuit. “It takes a real team effort to organise a tournament such as this and I would like to thank all of the volunteers at the club, as well as the Borders Rugby Referees’ Society for officiating once again, and all local sponsors who support us year after year,” he said.