A special match of seven-a-side rugby, celebrating the club game and two of Scotland’s most established sevens tournaments, will take place at this year’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May).
The match will take place on the second day (Sunday 5 May), of the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, at 1.26pm between the Kings of the Sevens Select and the Legacy Sevens Select.
Play will be seven minutes each way with a two minute half-time and if the score is drawn at the end of the match the winner will be decided by the first team to score a try.
The teams will be made up of the top players from the clubs competing in the two sevens circuits and will be coached by Scott Nichol (Gala) and Richie Maxton (Hamilton) and Kenny Murray (Ayr), respectively. Richie Gray (Gala) will be the Kings team manager.
Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools, Nick Rennie, said: “This match will be an opportunity to showcase some of the great seven-a-side rugby that takes place throughout Scotland in the spring and summer and help promote two of the most established circuits that our clubs run.
“It will also be part of a wider clubs and schools programme that we will be running in the build up to and during the weekend of the Glasgow 7s.
“We wish all the teams competing in the Kings of the Sevens and Legacy Sevens the very best over the coming weeks and we look forward to a very competitive and exciting clash in May.”
Kings of the Sevens Select coach, Scott Nichol, said: “I was really pleased when I got the phone call from the president of the Border league to take on the role, as I have been involved with sevens for a long time.
“The match is a fantastic idea and a chance for the players we select to play in front of a huge crowd and maybe even catch a coach’s eye.
“Selection will be tough as there are a lot of quality players in the circuit. It’ll definitely be an exciting game of sevens.”
Legacy Sevens Select coach, Richie Maxton, said: “This game is an ideal opportunity for players from the club level to show their sevens talent on a big stage. They rarely get a chance to play in front of a large crowd other than at the Melrose 7s.
“It’ll promote a good rivalry between the Kings of the Sevens and the Legacy Sevens to see who has the best players. We’re a much newer tournament than the Kings circuit, which is steeped in tradition, so we want to show what we can do.
“I was delighted and a bit shocked when I was asked to be the coach, but it’ll be a privilege to coach a group of players from across Scotland and the central belt. It’ll be a special game.”
The Kings of the Sevens begins this weekend with the opening tournament taking place at Gala Rugby Club (Netherdale) this Saturday (6 May). The first round of the Legacy Sevens will take place on Saturday 20 April at Stirling County (Bridgehaugh).
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