The Festival Is Coming... Back

Following the success of last year's event, the Festival of Rugby will again take place on the back pitches of Murrayfield during the Emirates Airline Edinburgh sevens (31 May and 1 June). Last year's festival was a roaring success, bringing a family-friendly carnival atmosphere to the final leg of the international IRB sevens series With over 122 teams from all over Scotland lining up for the event, 31 more than last year, the festival is set to surpass all expectations.Following the success of last year's event, the Festival of Rugby will again take place on the back pitches of Murrayfield during the Emirates Airline Edinburgh sevens (31 May and 1 June).

Last year's festival was a roaring success, bringing a family-friendly carnival atmosphere to the final leg of the international IRB sevens series With over 122 teams from all over Scotland lining up for the event, 31 more than last year, the festival is set to surpass all expectations.

More teams have entered all competition formats and age groups, from S1 sevens and mixed touch to men's club and university social sevens, as well as the addition of a women's international sevens round-robin featuring Scotland, England and Wales.

What is doubly impressive is the increased participation levels in the girls' youth competition. Not only is the number of participating teams double last year's total, the 28 girls teams -a total of some 300 players- means that an incredible 57% of Scotland's total youth girls playing population will be taking part in the event.

In addition to the 200+ matches happening over the course of the weekend, players and supporters young and old can put their talent to the test in the skills challenge and skill zones.

The Saturday kicks-off with some primary tag followed by S1 boys' school sevens, S2 pathway sevens, U15 and U18 girls' sevens.

Sunday will feature the inaugural men's and students' social sevens, women's club senior sevens, a mixed adult touch tournament followed by the highlight of the festival - the international women's sevens round robin.

Scottish Rugby's head of community rugby, Colin Thomson, said: "The festival of rugby creates such a buzz around an already vibrant international sevens event and makes the Murrayfield leg really stand out from the crowd.

_x001C_To have such dramatic increase in involvement across all age groups and competitions is testimony to those responsible for organising the event and shows just how much it means to the participating players who get the chance to come down to Murrayfield and play some good fun rugby on the back pitches of the national stadium alongside an international class event."


For the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens, tickets are still available for purchase from the Scottish Rugby Union ticket office - located next to Murrayfield Stadium, at Gate A off Roseburn Street. Ticket prices are:

One day adult - £15
One day children/concession - £5

The ticket office will be open from 08:30 - 19:00 on Saturday, 31 May and 09:30 - 18:30 on Sunday, 1 June.

Inside the stadium there will be food and drink available for purchase on both match days.

For more information on the days events and transport links for getting to the stadium please visit: http://www.edinburgh7s.com/