Melrose Sevens to be broadcast via BBC iPlayer

First time state broadcaster has covered the Greenyards tournament since prior to Covid

The later rounds of this year's Melrose 7s will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer. Image: © Craig Watson -
The later rounds of this year's Melrose 7s will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer. Image: © Craig Watson -

THIS year’s Melrose Sevens will be shown live from the quarter-finals stage through to both the 1882 Centenary Cup [men’s] and Mike Bleasdale Cup [women’s] finals live on BBC iPlayer, which will be the first time the state broadcaster has covered the tournament since before the Covid pandemic. 

“We are delighted to once again be supported by BBC Scotland, it is a real honour for us to have them back at the Greenyards,” said Melrose Sevens Tournament Director Phil Morris. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Scottish Rugby for their help in securing this deal with BBC Scotland.”

BBC SPORT Scotland Executive Editor for SPORT, Tom Connor added:  “We are both delighted and excited to be back covering the iconic Melrose Sevens.

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“This has long been a great event for us to broadcast to fans of rugby across Scotland at the home of the game and we look forward to  showcasing the tournament on BBC iPlayer for the first time and across BBC SPORT website and app.”

The rugby action at the Greenyards kicks off just after 11am on Saturday 13th April, and will be shown throughout the day on the Melrose Sevens YouTube channel @TheMelrose7s, with the later stages and the finals of the 1883 Centenary Cup and Mike Bleasdale Cup airing from 4pm until 7:30pm on BBC iPlayer. Both channels are free to watch through your Smart TV or on your phone, tablet or device.

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  1. Does anyone know why this article is appended to the one about Hawick’s coaches but there is no opportunity to comment on the Hawick article ?

  2. Yeh , let’s watch the quarter finals which are almost certainly likely to be missing any Scottish club representation by that point , other than Melrose thanks to the fixed draw they gave themselves… All we need now is the nations most annoying rugby commentator ( the girl that did the 20’s games ) and you have a recipe for the Nations worst TV content and coverage !!! Sorry but watching journeyman 7’s outfits that have no heritage or history is not my idea of an afternoon well spent.

  3. Is Hawick v Currie on the same day?
    If so I know where I’ll be .
    Real rugby not made up teams with nonentities to most rugby supporters

  4. Although I’m happy its back on iPlayer, i do miss the days when the games were on BBC Scotland instead.

    • Yep lot of kids would have started playing the game having spent a full day watching the best that Scottish club rugby had going up against like of Campese. Shame it’s gone down such a vacuous route.

      • Unfortunately, the knowledgeable ones just can’t seem to put kids seeing live sport and them taking an interestin it together… unless you can afford paywalls of course 😢 rocket science it is not !

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