It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in the Kings of the Sevens series and after two rounds of competition, at Gala and Melrose, it’s Gala who are top of the leaderboard having won their own competition.
This weekend English guests Saracens defended their title at Melrose, with a final showdown against fellow professional outfit, France’s Clermont Auvergne. The Londoners won 24-22.
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby forward Murray Douglas, whose form in the 2012 Melrose tournament attracted the interest of the Edinburgh Rugby pro-club, was one of the standout performers again at the Greenyards at the weekend as Aberdeen reached the semi-finals for the second successive year, only to lose out to Saracens in extra-time.
The last two rounds of the circuit have also been a chance for Kings of the Sevens Select coach, Scott Nichol and manager Richie Gray to have a look at players they will consider for the match v the Legacy Sevens Select on Sunday 5 May at the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 1.26pm).
Nichol said: “We know that no matter what team we play at Scotstoun in May it will be a strong team. There is a lot of talent on the Kings of the Sevens circuit, both of players in the Borders and from the core Edinburgh teams.
“Some of the players we have been impressed with over the last two weeks are Lewis Young from Jed-Forest; Callum Anderson at Melrose who has shown the experience he has garnered with Scotland 7s, also Andrew Nagle (pictured), from the Greenyards side, who is a stand-out forward; Rory Hutton, John Coutts and Keith Davidson from Hawick; George Graham and Lee Millar from Gala who have been very good and Jason Hill from Heriot’s has always been a quality player on the circuit and Alex Blair who is making a come-back with Edinburgh Accies.
“There are four more tournaments to be played before the showcase match at the Glasgow 7s and I think we will leave announcing our team as late as possible because there are going to be some tough decisions.
“This weekend we have the Hawick (Saturday 20 April, from 2pm) and Berwick 7s (Sunday 21 April, from 1pm) and we’ll be keeping a close eye on them.”
The Legacy 7s Series also gets underway this weekend, with the Stirling County 7s at Bridgehaugh, from 12noon.
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Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the circuit, for a second year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013.
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series. The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau: