Melrose Sevens draw announced

A series of mouthwatering Borders versus city clashes will get the 2023 edition of the men's tournament off to a flying start

Action form the 2019 Melrose Sevens. Image: © Craig Watson -
Action form the 2019 Melrose Sevens. Image: © Craig Watson -

THE draw has been made for this year’s Melrose Sevens 1883 Cup (men’s competition) to be held on Saturday 8th April, kicking off at 11am, which will include some mouth-watering clashes between Borders and Edinburgh clubs in the preliminary rounds.

“It’s a really good looking draw for this year’s Melrose Sevens with some exciting clashes from the very first game and we are anticipating a very high standard of rugby this year,” said Tournament Director Phil Morris. “We know our knowledgeable Greenyards fans are going to enjoy a fabulous day of high-quality rugby sevens.”

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  1. The Melrose Sevens, once the Blue Ribband of Sevens Rugby, has lost its shine, and is no longer the jewel in the crown.
    Far too many contrived teams creating a sham or fake event, which the great Bill McLaren would have had little to enthuse about. One or two teams from New Zealand, Australia or South Africa, and a domestic invitation side like the Cooptomists, the BaBas or the Scottish Thistles would suffice, and not a raft of invitation sides bearing mysterious names.

  2. Sadly, think Melrose 7,s over priced and over rated. Not the tournament it was and may well break Melrose. Nothing of interest for border clubs.

  3. Used to love watching the Melrose 7’s as a kid. Looking at that draw now and thinking it’s very likely that come the quarter final stage there will be no Scottish based team left in the tournament. Where’s the interest for supporters? Surely, for example, an all Borders Final would be far more exciting than watching two pro/semi-pro teams that nobody has any affiliation to?

    • It’s not compulsory to attend and I would imagine the absence of certain people would be a massive bonus to those that do attend.

  4. As said on previous threads so many pro / semi pro and ‘improvised sides’ really takes the sheen off. The club sides will be whipping boys for the most part. Shame as this was one of the absolute highlights of the rugby calendar. Can see why the BBC are no longer interested.


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