Exactly three months to the day before Scottish Rugby hosts the final leg of the IRB Sevens World Series here at Murrayfield, tickets for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s 2007 go on sale today on the event's new website. The various family friendly ticket prices, including free concessions on all pre-booked tickets, for the eagerly awaited final leg of the international circuit are on sale now through www.edinburgh7s.com.
Scotland's back row and former Scotland 7s stars Simon Taylor, Dave Callam and Kelly Brown along with current Scotland 7s players Colin White and Calum Forrester launched the website and ticket sales at Murrayfield today.
Scotland and Border Reivers flanker Kelly Brown said: "I have played in seven IRB tournaments around the world and they really are incredible events. The party atmosphere is fantastic and the rugby on show is awesome. I'm sure the Edinburgh 7s will be just the same and it's great to have the final leg of the series right here in Scotland.
"As a player, sevens exposes you at such a high level so your skills and fitness need to be at their best. It was the ultimate test for me and certainly played a huge part in my development and helped me win my Scotland caps," he added.
The World Series is currently at the half way stage with Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand and the USA already played but the countdown clock is ticking towards Edinburgh as the circuit rolls on through Hong Kong, Australia and England before culminating in Scotland in June.
Fiji and New Zealand lead the standings, both tied on 60 points, with South Africa snapping at their heals so there is every reason to come and see how it will all end, with tickets priced at just £10 for adults on day one or £15 for a combined two day ticket. There are also great value packages for families and groups, with free concessions available on all pre-booked tickets.
The www.edinburgh7s.com website features all the latest tournament news and the top stories from the IRB Sevens website, a history of sevens rugby, Scotland 7s squad biographies, former Scotland 7s players, sevens facts and ticket information.
It also gives details of the Festival of Rugby which will be held on the back pitches at Murrayfield on the two days of the event. The festival will feature all forms of the abbreviated version of the game, for every age and skill level (kids to adults, beginners to experienced) with Tag, New Image, "come and try" fun zone, as well as junior and senior men's and women's sevens.
The Scotland 7s team is one of the 16 sides invited by the IRB to compete in the prestigious tournament on the international pitch. The Scotland 7s squad, which is made up of players from Scottish Rugby's National Academy and supplemented throughout the series by fulltime professional players, beat both Australia and Argentina before narrowly losing to South Africa in the plate final at last month's USA Sevens in San Diego.
The squad, coached by Stephen Gemmell, have been given the backing of their full international counterparts, many of whom have played the abbreviated version of the game for their country. From the current Scotland squad Sean Lamont, Simon Taylor, Kelly Brown, Dave Callam, Rob Dewey, Marcus Di Rollo, Andrew Henderson, Mike Blair, Rory Lawson and Ross Ford have all been blooded in sevens.
Scottish Rugby Union President and Edinburgh 7s ambassador, Andy Irvine, said: "It's a great opportunity for Scotland to host this fantastic tournament. The IRB Sevens have been hugely popular around the world and although personally I did not have the opportunity to play in them as they are a more recent inclusion to world rugby, I did play at the Hong Kong Sevens in the early 1980s and that was a tremendous experience.
"I hope that we will be able to capture the fun and excitement of the IRB Sevens World Series at Murrayfield this summer and ensure a fitting end to the circuit. I'd encourage everyone to come along and take advantage of the great value ticket prices we've announced today," he added.
The tournament is sponsored by Emirates Airline and in partnership with EventScotland.
Ticket prices and packages:
- One day adult ticket - £10, free concession ticket with all pre-booked adult tickets
- Two day adult ticket - £15, free concession ticket with all pre-booked adult tickets
- Buy on the day adult ticket - £10 and concessions £5
- 7 Pack (Family) - 1 day £30. Includes two adults and five concessions
- 7 Pack (Groups) - 1 day £35. Includes seven under 18s tickets and two adults.
- 7 Pack (Adults) - 1 Day £50. Includes sevens adult tickets
(Concessions - OAPs, students, under 18s)