STARS of the Borders sevens circuit are preparing to hone their skills against the best players from central Scotland.
A special match of seven-a-side rugby, celebrating the club game and two of Scotland’s most established sevens tournaments, will take place at this year’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s.
The exhibition match between the Kings of the Sevens Select and the Legacy Sevens Select will be played on the second day (Sunday, May 5) of the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, at 1.26pm.
Coaching the Borders side will be none other than Gala rugby stalwarts Richie Gray and Scott Nichol, while Richie Maxton (Hamilton) and Kenny Murray (Ayr) will be in charge of the Legacy outfit.
Gala RFC assistant coach Nichol, whose team currently head the Kings series, is looking forward to this latest challenge.
He said: “I was really pleased when I got the phone call from the president of the Border league, Jim Wood, to take on the role, as I have been involved with sevens for a long time.
“The match is a fantastic idea and a chance for the players we select to play in front of a huge crowd, and maybe even catch a coach’s eye.
“Selection will be tough as there are a lot of quality players in the circuit. It’ll definitely be an exciting game of sevens.”
Legacy coach Maxton added: “It’ll promote a good rivalry between the two sevens circuits to see who has the best players. We’re a much newer tournament than the Kings circuit, which is steeped in tradition, so we want to show what we can do.”
Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools, Nick Rennie, said: “This match will be an opportunity to showcase some of the great seven-a-side rugby that takes place throughout Scotland in the spring and summer and help promote two of the most established circuits that our clubs run.”
Play will be seven minutes each way with a two-minute half-time, and if the score is drawn at the end of the match the winner will be decided by the first team to score a try.