Melrose and Hong Kong Sevens announce trophy exchange

Men's and Women's Melrose Shields will be awarded to winners of triangular tournaments showcasing the best of Asian rugby

Monica Impi’s hope to retain the 1883 Centenary Cup at this year's Melrose 7s. Image: © Craig Watson -
Monica Impi’s hope to retain the 1883 Centenary Cup at this year's Melrose 7s. Image: © Craig Watson -

MELROSE RFC and the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens have entered an agreement which will see the two organisations recognise each other’s significant contribution to sevens rugby through an exchange of trophies to be awarded at their respective tournaments.

In 2024, the Hong Kong 7s tournament will return to its origins of showcasing the best of Asian sevens by hosting men’s and women’s triangular tournaments, entitled the Melrose Shield competitions. China, Japan and Hong Kong will compete for the men’s Melrose Shield, while China, Hong Kong, and Thailand will feature in the Women’s Melrose Shield.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Shield will be presented to the shield winner of the U18s Sevens competition at the Melrose Sevens, with the Jim Telfer Cup already awarded to the tournament champions.

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“On behalf of Melrose RFC and the Melrose Sevens, I am delighted, that as the home of rugby sevens we are able to donate ‘The Melrose Shields’ to the two new competitions in Hong Kong, as a mark of our support and gratitude to Hong Kong China Rugby, which has done so much to promote and grow our wonderful game of rugby sevens in Asia and beyond,” said Phil Morris, Tournament Director of Melrose Rugby Limited.

The Melrose Sevens will be hosted at The Greenyards between Thursday the 11th and Saturday 13th April. To find out more about the event schedule and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

The Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will take place a week earlier between 5th and 8th April.

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