ON SATURDAY the sevens bandwagon moves south to Langholm for the 95th playing of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Langholm Sevens.
Current holders Hawick will be hoping to step up to the mark in a bid to retain the title they won last year, but with the Kings of the Sevens table wide open following last weekend’s results at Mansfield Park and Scremerston, the competition is likely to be stiff, with Gala and Watsonians also vying for the top spot.
In the first tie, at 2pm Langholm’s oldest rivals, Carlisle, take on Selkirk and the last tie of the first round sees invitational guest side the Pigbarians take on Melrose, the side from the club who introduced sevens 130 years ago.
The Pigbarians, named so because they were formed in 2007, the Chinese year of the pig, are an invitational side whose purpose is to raise funds and awareness for the children’s charity Dreamz4U.
A spokesperson from the club said: “We’re delighted to announce our debut in the King of the Borders Sevens Series.”
The club have also announced that Jammy McFarlane (formerly Hawick YM RFC now RDO for Kelso) has been appointed as their “Pig in the South”. Jammy will promote and organise the Pigbarians in and around the Borders, starting with the Langholm tournament.
Langholm Sevens draw (first tie 2pm): Carlisle v Selkirk; Peebles v Watsonians; Berwick v Kelso; Musselburgh v Jed-Forest; Hamilton v Hawick; Dumfries v Gala; Edinburgh Accies v Langholm; Pigbarians v Melrose.