Edinburgh 7S Gets Ready To Party

Edinburgh is only one day away from one of the most vibrant events of the summer, the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s at Murrayfield on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June. Supporters of all ages will be encouraged to get into the renowned party spirit of sevens as the stadium will be brought alive with carnival music from bands such as Clanadonia (tribal drums fused with Scottish bagpipes), Sheboom (women's drumming ensemble), The Cherry Pickers (steel band) and the Forfar Academy samba band.

Edinburgh is only one day away from one of the most vibrant events of the summer, the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s at Murrayfield on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June.

Supporters of all ages will be encouraged to get into the renowned party spirit of sevens as the stadium will be brought alive with carnival music from bands such as Clanadonia (tribal drums fused with Scottish bagpipes), Sheboom (women's drumming ensemble), The Cherry Pickers (steel band) and the Forfar Academy samba band.

The UK's top pro-sports dance team, the Scottish Rockettes, will be entertaining the crowd as well as our giant Sky Guys (giant inflatable dancing men) and, weather depending, the real sky guys will be dropping in for the event - the Golden Lions Scottish Infantry parachute team.

Interacting with the crowd will be comperes Roddy and Graeme who will be on the lookout for individuals and groups who stand out from the crowd and those that turn up in the best fancy dress outfits.

Some 16 international teams will take to the main pitch at Murrayfield to compete in the final leg of the 2006/07 IRB Sevens World Series, treating spectators to two action packed days of fast flowing, skilful and dynamic rugby sevens.

To add to the overall event 1,132 players in 96 teams will take part in a lively Festival of Rugby, sponsored by equity manager Martin Currie, on the back pitches and a whole host of fun and exciting entertainment will be on offer in and around the ground.

Amongst those taking part in the festival are Gartconner Primary School and Kintyre Primary who will be competing in the New Image Rugby event whilst Tobermory High School will make the 300 mile round trip to Murrayfield for the TAG tournament.

The action on the pitch, the fun in the stands and the activity from the Festival of Rugby on the back pitches will be shown on the big screen inside the stadium bowl - so you don't have to get out your seat to take full advantage of the event's atmosphere. The big screens will also act as big karaoke machines to get the crowd singing.

Furthermore, look out for the official Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s mascot, Scottie, who was named following a competition run through the official website www.edinburgh7s.com.

There was an overwhelming response to name the canine mascot Scottie, so competition winner, Cameron Sneddon from Crossgates in Fife, was selected at random from the entrants. Suggestions came from far and wide with rugby fans in the USA and Australia taking part.

Winner 10 year old Cameron, who was also recently voted as the Dunfermline Primary 6 Player of the Year, said: "I was really excited when I found out that I'd won. Mum and Dad will get a photo of me with Scottie at the rugby, which will be cool. My Mum, Dad and my two sisters are looking forward to a great rugby weekend at Murrayfield."

As a thank you to all those participating in the Martin Currie Festival of Rugby, over 1,000 children will get the chance to watch the last international sevens game on Saturday from the best seats in the house.

Kids from all over Scotland will go track-side to watch their country, Scotland, do battle against South Africa in one of the most highly anticipated ties of the day (kick-off 5:58pm).

The whole weekend will finish in style on Sunday as Murrayfield will witness a spectacular pyrotechnic display as the winner of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s lifts the Ned Haig Cup, while the overall winners of the IRB Sevens World Series lift the coveted series title.

Will it be the same team or not? You'll have to come along to find out.

Scotland 7s squad for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s at Murrayfield (2 & 3 June): Mike Adamson (Glasgow Warriors & Glasgow Hawks), Ben Addison (Glasgow Warriors & Stirling County), Ben Cairns (Edinburgh Rugby & Currie), Simon Cross (Edinburgh Rugby), Scott Forrest (Border Reivers & Hawick) CAPTAIN, Calum Forrester (Glasgow Warriors & GHA), Roddy Grant (Border Reivers & Gala), Colin Gregor (Glasgow Warriors), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors & Cartha Queens Park), Mark Robertson (Border Reivers & Melrose), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Warriors), Colin White (Glasgow Warriors & Ayr)

The draw for the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s (2 & 3 June):
Pool A – Fiji, Australia, Kenya, Portugal
Pool B – Samoa, France, Wales, Italy
Pool C – South Africa, Scotland, Canada, Russia
Pool D – New Zealand, England, Argentina, Georgia

Scotland 7s’ fixtures on day one (Saturday 2 June) of the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s:
11:46am, Scotland 7s v Russia 7s
2:52pm, Scotland 7s v Canada 7s
5:58pm, South Africa 7s v Scotland 7s

Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s 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 & five concessions
- 7 Pack (Groups) – 1 day £35. Includes seven under 18s tickets & two adults.
- 7 Pack (Adults) – 1 Day £50. Includes sevens adult tickets
(Concessions – OAPs, students, under 18s)

2006/07 IRB Sevens World Series
Dubai, UAE – 1-2 December
George, South Africa – 8-9 December
Wellington, New Zealand – 2-3 February
San Diego, USA - 10-11 February
Hong Kong – 30 - 31 March & 1 April
Adelaide, Australia – 7-8 April
London, England – 26-27 May
Edinburgh, Scotland – 2-3 June