Melrose 7s confirm dates early to avoid another Super Series clash

Last year's tournament was played on the same day as Southern Knights faced Watsonians

Monica Impi’s won the 1883 Centenary Cup at The Greenyards in April. Image: © Craig Watson -
Monica Impi’s won the 1883 Centenary Cup at The Greenyards in April. Image: © Craig Watson -

MELROSE RUGBY have announced the dates for the 2024 7s festival early with the stated aim of trying to avoid another inexplicable clash with Super Series match scheduling. 

The 2023 tournament ended up being played on the same weekend as the Super Series Sprint kicked-off in mid-April, with the Southern Knights – which is run by Melrose Rugby – playing champions Watsonians on the same day as the tournament. It was an extra complication and distraction which the club could really have done without as it battled to get the world famous tournament back up and running following two years of Covid-enforced cancellations.

The fact that Scottish Rugby scheduled the start of the Super Series Championship weekend on the second weekend in April is hard to fathom given that date has long been sacrosanct in the calendar. In keeping with that tradition, the 2024 Melrose Sevens tournaments will take place between Thursday the 11th and Saturday 13th April, and there is now 10 months for the Super Series organisers to build around that if they choose to support one of their own franchises by doing so.

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Despite the scheduling clash, the 2023 tournament was a success.  “This year thousands of supporters gathered at the Greenyards, the spiritual home and birthplace of Rugby 7s, to cheer on teams from near and far and experience a fantastic rugby spectacle while basking in the Easter Scottish sunshine,” said a statement issued by the club this [Thursday] morning.

‘This year’s champions, Monaco Impi’s, will return in 2024 to defend their title and will compete against an array of high calibre teams.

“The organisers will also be looking to build on the hugely popular women’s tournament, that saw The Lionesses lift the inaugural Mike Bleasdale Cup this year.

“Both ‘Early Bird’ tickets and ‘Eary Bird’ hospitality packages will go on sale soon.

Tournament Director, Phil Morris, added: “After the success of the 2023 Melrose 7s event and format, we are excited to be able to announce the 2024 dates nice and early.

“For those rugby supporters who can’t wait another 10 months for their next Melrose 7s fix, there’s a fantastic new fly-on-the-wall documentary available on YouTube called ‘Melrose: A Rugby Legacy’ that follows the 2023 event. It’s a fun and informative documentary and really captures the positive atmosphere in and around the event.

“We are already receiving a lot of enquiries from teams who would like to compete at next year’s Melrose 7s. It’s going to be another special occasion that rugby fans won’t want to miss.

“It was Ned Haig who recognised the need to be innovative all those years ago. Without his imagination and tenacity, and the support of everyone around him, the game of Rugby 7s wouldn’t exist today. We look forward to building on his pioneering spirit and reflecting on the successes of this year’s tournament as we continue to move the event forward in these changing times for rugby.”

“It is the hope of Melrose Rugby that the early confirmation of the 2024 7s dates will allow us and Scottish Rugby to avoid a clash with the Super Series event. The Melrose 7s is a fantastic opportunity for these semi-pros to show off their talents in front of a ‘home’ crowd. Many of them tell us they would love to be part of the tournament, and we’d all love it if they are able to participate in 2024.”

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  1. This is the same weekend every year, so I fail to see what the statement is meant to be!

    • Really? Didn’t you read the very first line of the article? I don’t think the purpose could be any clearer!

  2. Melrose RFC need to decide if they are a community rugby club or a SRU franchise. If the latter then Super 6 will always take priority.

  3. Reliably informed that Melrose and Southern Knights were given the option to avoid the clash with super6 and even play a curtain raiser on the Friday night- but they didn’t take it! Proverbial in a brewery that lot.

  4. If Melrose are serious about avoiding a clash and getting their 7s tournament and club side back where it belongs then they’d make the clear and obvious decision to wind down the money guzzling Southern Knights which is achieving nothing for the club nor borders rugby and instead invest the money more productively.

  5. It’s always a shame when personal abuse is offered to this platform. It diminishes its relativity.
    BBC pulled out of Melrose 7s pre covid for broadcast reasons in terms of costs, lenght of the event and a change in their policies.
    As for marginalising teams that’s a joke.
    The reality is that Borders teams are not supporting each others tournaments as they once did and the Kings of Sevens is struggling .
    Hopefully less league games next season will allow clubs to focus more on sevens and remove their current reasoning for not sending the best players to the tournament.
    I wasn’t in favour of a number of the changes this year but was pleasantly surprised to see a pretty good crowd and some very good sevens.
    The winners Monaco Imps were typical of the type of team being critised for being invited. They played very good sevens rugby, they were overjoyed by their succes which was then publicly recognized by the Monaco royal family.
    Such international positivity outweighs the more inward negativity .
    If you look at the World sevens series, it’s hugely diminished after covid. It’s too expensive to run on the same scale, tv is dropping it as it’s no longer a format that’s tv friendly.
    Good luck to Melrose on their efforts to keep a part of history alive, be ambitious be optimistic and be innovative

  6. Frankly I doubt those responsible for S6 give a toss about club rugby so don’t hold your breath that there won’t be a clash of dates.


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