Rugby fans can count on being shaken and stirred

Melrose sevens
Melrose sevens

AS usual, the Melrose event isn’t all about the rugby – and this year’s ‘Double O 7s’ theme should test the imaginations of supporters.

Whether you go along as Bond, Blofeld, Moneypenny or plain old Joe Public, there will be plenty for your eyes only to feast on throughout the weekend.

Tomorrow, the Davidson Chalmers Veterans Tournament takes place on the Annay Road pitches (11am start) and culminates in plate, bowl and cup finals, with The Islay Star defending the cup.

Andy Drane, a partner in Davidson Chalmers, which sponsors the tournament for the fourth consecutive year, said: “Since its launch in 2008, the vets’ tournament has opened the Melrose Sevens weekend and we look forward to an even greater celebration of rugby in 2013.

“Veterans rugby is now established as an integral part of social rugby and it is enjoyed nowhere more enthusiastically than in Melrose, the international home of rugby sevens.”

On Saturday morning, Melrose RFC will again host their popular Junior Coaching Clinic, now in its 30th year.

The clinic is set to attract in excess of 100 youngsters under the age of 14 from clubs and schools throughout Scotland, who will be put through their paces by some of Scotland’s top coaches under the direction of Rob Moffat, assisted by Jim Telfer.

Following the coaching session, the youngsters will be entertained to lunch and attend the sevens as guests of the club.

Following the success of previous years, an exhibition sevens match will be played, featuring Melrose Ladies.

This will take place between the semi-final and final of the main tournament. Melrose Ladies are at present in second position of the RBS Premier 1 League.