More Kings of Sevens contests axed amid virus combat efforts

Several more of this season’s Kings of the Sevens competitions have been postponed as restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus are stepped up.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:25 pm
The Kings of the Sevens rugby campaign has been all but completely shelved for 2020.

In recent days, Earlston (May 3), Jed-Forest (May 16), Selkirk (May 9) and Kelso (May 2) have declared the postponement of their rounds, following the call-offs at Gala and Melrose Rugby.

A number of the clubs hope the decision will be a postponement, rather than a cancellation. But the current uncertainty over timescales made it very difficult to prediuct when the events might be rearranged.

Among the most recent clubs to take action was Kelso, whose sevens convener Stevie Jack tweeted it was “regretful” and a “hard decision”.

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He added: “We feel it is incumbent on us to take all measures possible to avoid the spread of this disease.

“Alternative dates will be looked at and announced in dure course.”

Promotion and relegation issues have still to be finalised after Scottish Rugby called a premature end to the domestic league season.

It was also recently announced that the Guinness Pro 14 league, which features a sprinkling of Borders players, would be suspended indefinitely.