The men who would be Kings kick off

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Borders rugby is preparing to step up a pace this weekend as this year’s AM.PM Event Catering Kings of the Sevens tournament kicks into action at Netherdale.

For supporters, 10 tournaments of high octane rugby in seven weeks will provide the draw as the local seven-a-side specialists battle against the top city sides and guest teams for the ultimate honours.

And, while Melrose may have been flying high in the Premiership, they may be in danger of losing their crown in the abbreviated game if some of the other Borders sides live up to their potential.

Gala were second in last year’s tournament and are confident of getting off to a good start at their home event on Sunday, while former ’Rose star Andrew Skeen may just give Kelso the boost they need to revive their sevens skills.

Turn to pages 94 & 95 for more on the Five Star Taxi’s Gala 7s.

2015 AM.PM Event Catering Kings of the Sevens tournaments: Gala 7s (April 5); Melrose 7s (April 11); Berwick 7s (April 19); Langholm 7s (April 25); Peebles 7s (April 26); Kelso 7s (May 2); Earlston 7s (May 3); Selkirk 7s (May 9); Hawick 7s (May 10); Jed-Forest 7s (May 16).