On Sunday, the sevens bandwagon rolls into Earlston as the Kings of the Sevens contest moves rapidly into round seven of the 10-event series.
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.
Earlston sevens convenor Richard Aitchison told The Southern: “The Kings of the Sevens circuit is a terrific end-of-season spectacle for rugby fans in the Borders. It is also a valuable source of income for clubs and gives us the opportunity to see some of the best club players in the country playing a fast, exciting brand of rugby.”
Earlston’s scenic little ground, the Haugh, always provides a good setting for a tournament which prides itself on its friendliness, unique atmosphere and fiercely-contested ties. Along with the likes of Duns and St Boswells, Earlston Rugby Club plays a vital part in the rugby landscape of the Borders.
“On the field, several teams are playing fantastic sevens this year and any one of them will be looking to end the six-year reign of Melrose as champions of the Earlston tournament,” added Mr Aitchison.
“Our tournament is unique in that it 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.”
Of course, a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes on to make sure the tournaments run like clockwork and Earlston is no different.
“I would like to thank the Borders referees society for once again officiating at our tournament and also to the hard-working sevens committee at the Haugh who pull out all the stops to enable the day to run as smoothly as it does,” concluded Mr Aitchison.