Not so much of the pillaging this time, please lads

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HAWICK SEVENS is celebrating its 116th year with a double kit sponsorship deal and, with a bit of help from Mansfield House Hotel, the Mansfield Park side are hoping to dish up a recipe for success on Saturday.

The Greens have attracted Update Systems & Kitchens as sponsors of the sevens jerseys for this season’s Kings of the Sevens competition, while international sportswear manufacturer Zoo Sport Ltdhas signed a three-year deal with the club to supply home and away kits, together with an exclusive range of official training wear for the first team squad and supporters.

Hawick RFC spokesman Dougie Anderson said: “We are delighted to have both Zoo Sports as a new supplier of kit as well as local businessman and former Greens prop Jock Rae as our kit supplier for the sevens. The club is extremely grateful for this gesture.”

Mr Rae, managing director of Update Systems & Kitchens, added: “As a past player at Mansfield Park, I am delighted to assist with this sponsorship of the sevens kit for the Greens. We wish Hawick RFC well in the 2011 Kings of the Sevens Campaign.”

Saturday’s tournament will follow its traditional 16-team straight knock-out format where The Vikings, Denmark’s national side, will participate alongside 15 Scottish clubs. The Danish team will also play at Berwick Sevens on Sunday with the matches forming part of the side’s preparation for the European Championships being held in late May and early June in Denmark and Croatia.

Hawick RFC secretary John Thorburn commented: “Berwick and surrounding areas have a history of Viking invasions, but I am confident that this visit will be a much friendlier one.”

To mark the occasion the Mansfield House Hotel in Hawick has re-created a speciality Viking-style dish dating from 1000AD to celebrate the arrival.

Michael Davidson, chef at Mansfield House, said: “The Vikings didn’t write recipe books, but we wanted to do something special to mark the Danish side coming to Hawick and conducted some internet research. The dish I have made is a chicken stew with beer. It is believed to have been eaten during Viking feasts like Sigrblot, held in mid-April to welcome the warmer weather. Given the timing of the team’s arrival it seemed an appropriate choice.”

The Danes are in the bottom half of the draw, as are the hosts, and take on Langholm in their opening tie. Hawick face Edinburgh Accies and the home side will be looking to emulate their success of last year when they lifted their own cup following a victory over local rivals Kelso.

Kings leaders Melrose are first on and play Selkirk in the opening tie.

Tickets for the Hawick Sevens can be purchased in advance by contacting the club or on the gate. More information on the Kings of the Sevens tournament, including results, can be found at www.kingsofthesevens.net