The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s will play host to a university showcase match on Sunday 4 May.
Glasgow University and Edinburgh University will go head-to-head in a one-off fixture, on the main pitch at Scotstoun Stadium, in the 1.26pm buffer on the second day of the international sevens tournament and eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The match replaces, last year’s Legacy versus King’s select fixture.
Scottish Rugby’s colleges and universities rugby development manager, Darren Burns, said: “I’m delighted that student rugby has been given the opportunity to showcase itself at the IRB 7s in Glasgow.
“Both teams are full of young, fit and exciting players who train most days and should put on a good show.
The players will be looking forward to playing their city rivals, from the other side of the country, and I hope that the large crowd gets behind the teams to spur them on to produce a fast and free flowing spectacle of sevens rugby.”
The Glasgow team will have a chance to prepare for the showcase match with their own Glasgow University 7s tournament this weekend (5 April) and the St Andrews University 7s on Saturday 19 April.
Glasgow University’s head coach, Peter Jericevich, said: “This is great a opportunity to play in front of a big crowd and a chance for the players to experience the atmosphere of an international sevens event.
There’s a lot of history between Glasgow and Edinburgh too, being some of the oldest universities in Scotland, so we’ll be aiming for the win on the day.”
For Edinburgh University, they’ll prepare with showings in the Hawick, Jed, Earlston and Berwick 7s tournaments on the Kings of the Sevens circuit and also the Boroughmuir 7s, which is part of the Legacy 7s series.
Edinburgh University’s head coach, David Adamson, said: “We’re really excited about this opportunity. As soon as Daren [Burns] phoned to ask us I let all the players know.
We have a good tradition of sevens at the university and we’re fortunate enough that a selected few of our XVs players begin to play sevens after Christmas. This helps them familiarise themselves with the tactics and style of play.”
The University derby is part of a wider Festival of Rugby, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, that has played an integral part of the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s over the past three years and the Scottish Government’s Legacy initiative in the lead up to and beyond this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Further details regarding the 2014 Festival of Rugby, that will run in conjunction with the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, will be announced in due course.
2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s ticket available NOW!
Tickets for the 2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s tournament, the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, are available now on general sale, starting from only £20 per person and £10 for under-18s, students and senior citizens.
Tickets are on sale for designated stands and for designated days, with weekend passes also available from £35. Family tickets (two adults and two under-18s) can be bought for £45. Buy tickets now. The 2014 event is circus-themed, with all supporters encouraged to come in fancy dress and join in the party spirit!
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2014 Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s
Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, for a third year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May 2014.
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: