Melrose Rugby Club is disappointed to announce that guest team Bay of Plenty will not now be attending the 2012 Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens, which will be staged at The Greenyards, Melrose on Saturday 14 April. This is as a result of the late withdrawal of the New Zealand side’s sponsor, a reflection of the global economic situation at present.
However, the fantastic news is that the replacement team is current English Premiership Champions Saracens who readily accepted the invitation, even at this short notice. This will be a first appearance at Melrose Sevens for the London club and they will be managed by none other than former Melrose favourite and Scotland back-row forward Kelly Brown.
Speaking on behalf of Melrose RFC, President John Reed said “We are disappointed that Bay of Plenty will not be present but delighted that Saracens have agreed to take part. It illustrates well the standing of Melrose Sevens that a club of Saracens standard are so keen to participate.
"Within an hour of discussing the matter at our Sevens meeting on Thursday evening we had agreement in principal from Saracens and we are very grateful to Kelly Brown for his involvement. This will not affect the draw as Saracens will slot into the spot vacated by Bay of Plenty”.
Team manager for the event Kelly Brown said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the Saracens players to be involved in one of the most prestigious sevens tournaments in the world. We're really looking forward to making the trip to Melrose and entering what I am sure will be a very fiercely contested event. Sevens rugby is a fantastic and fast flowing game and I know the guys who will be taking part can't wait."