ARTHUR ‘HOVIS’ BROWN – the mercurial Gala, South of Scotland and Scotland full-back of the 1970s – is the latest legend to be announced as an inductee into the Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame.
A true maestro of the game, Brown made an indelible mark on rugby with his exceptional skills and dedication to both the fifteen and seven-a-side branches of the sport.
Among his many sevens triumphs, the 1969 Gala Sevens final at Netherdale stands out prominently when Brown helped his team to a resounding victory against Loughborough College with a commanding score of 38-5. He was a key member of the famous Gala Sevens side which reach 27 out of 32 Border circuit finals between September 1968 and the spring of 1972, and won 21 of them including three consecutive Melrose tournaments between 1970 and 1972.
At 15s he earned five caps for Scotland with his debut a 16-15 win at Twickenham in 1971 and his, where Scotland emerged victorious, marked the beginning of a memorable international career and his final game, which was another win (23-9) against the same opposition at Murrayfield the following year.
Brown is the second of three inductees into the Hall of Fame for 2024, with hometown boy Carl Hogg having been announced last month.
The formal induction ceremony will take place at the Jackson Distillers Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday, 11th April 2024.
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