Walkerburn Sevens tournament marks 130 years of rugby at Caberston Haugh

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Saturday’s Walkerburn Rugby Football Club Annual Sevens Tournament is great cause for celebration – it marks 130 years of rugby played in a beautiful setting.

Established in 1884, the club has had its ups and downs over the years.

Only last January, an open public meeting was called to determine the club’s future. Members and the community at large voted overwhelmingly for the it to remain in situ at its Caberston Haugh home.

Since then, a 17-year lease has been signed by the incumbents, and Keith McCudden and Andrew Johnson took on the mantle as coaches.

For the last few weeks, the duo have been vigourously prepping the side for the upcoming sevens tournament.

The event will be covered for posterity by Borders Rugby Television.

As is tradition, in addition to some great rugby, it’s a fun day out for everyone.

The club bar will be open all day, and the players’ barbecue burger stall and sponsors’ tent tickets are selling at a phenomenal rate – telephone Paula Ketterer on 07725 009493.

To complete the whole WRFC Sevens experience, a disco by Lusky will be on in the evening at the clubhouse, with free entry.

Club president Russell Blackhall told us: “It’s an exciting prospect that everything is coming together to make WRFC’s 2014 Sevens Tournament a meaningful and memorable day.

“Having secured the future of this 130-year-old club in lease terms, I’ve achieved my goals for WRFC.

“I will be standing down from the presidential post at the AGM on June 8.

“I would like to publicly thank my fellow committee members and the players for all their hard work and support.

“I now ask the club members and community to continue to support the club and take it forward.”

Gates open at noon. General entry £5.

First round draw:

The Army v Broughton; Melrose v Gala Co-Opts; Lasswade v Peebles; Presidents VII v Leith; Walkerburn v Gala YM; Earlston v Preston Lodge; Carrick v The Occasionals; Selkirk v A N Other (or bye).