South of Scotland Barbarians team to compete at Melrose Sevens

Invitational side coached by former Melrose, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland 7s playmaker Scott Wight will feature a number of players with local Borders connections

Scott Wight. Image: Craig Watson
Scott Wight. Image: Craig Watson

THE 2024 Melrose Sevens will break new ground with the first ever South of Scotland Barbarians team set to compete at the world famous tournament.

The invitational side will be coached by former Melrose, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland 7s playmaker Scott Wight, and will feature a number of players with local Borders connections.

“I am delighted to be leading the South of Scotland Barbarians team and we intend to make the team as competitive as possible and give players with Borders connections, who are currently not playing for local teams, an opportunity to showcase their talents,” explained Wight.

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“It is my personal passion to enable homebred Borders players who are currently on the fringes of the professional rugby set up a chance to play at the home tournament of rugby sevens,” he added. “I really hope the Borders community gets behind this initiative and really supports the team.”

Tournament Director Phil Morris commented: “Melrose Sevens is really excited to support the request of the South of Scotland Barbarians team to participate in this year’s event and we look forward to seeing which exciting local players will be joining Scott’s squad.”

This announcement means that the full line-up for both the 1883 Centenary Cup [Men’s tournament] and the Mike Blesadale Cup [Women’s tournament] have been confirmed.

1883 Centenary Cup Tournament:

  • Hawick
  • Gala
  • Peebles
  • Jed Forest
  • Kelso
  • Selkirk
  • Melrose
  • Currie Chieftains
  • Watsonians
  • Boroughmuir
  • Heriot’s
  • Edinburgh Accies
  • Stirling County
  • Glasgow Accies
  • South of Scotland Barbarians
  • Shogun Rugby
  • British Army
  • Monaco Impi’s
  • Assassins 7s
  • Durham Uni
  • Hearts + Balls
  • Eric Liddell 100 (celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Scotsman’s record-breaking win in the 400 metres at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games)
  • Lion Rugby 7s
  • OG 7s

Mike Blesadale Cup – Women’s Tournament:

  • Shogun Rugby
  • DeltaDrone Tuks
  • Hammerhead 7s
  • The Lionesses
  • Hearts + Balls
  • Eric Lidell 100


  • For more information on the 2024 Melrose Sevens, click HERE.

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  1. What about
    Rhys Tait, Corey Tait and Callum Young
    Fergus Johnston, Luke Townsend, Finlay Douglas, and Mason Cullen

  2. Far too predictable , all Borders clubs teams out by the QF’s unless the customary seeding and fixed draw that Melrose give themselves and which was the only reason they got to this stage last year. After that the draw completely loses interest , teams of unknown rugby 7’s mercenaries left …
    Will be interesting to see what tenuous links are used by the South Barbarians side. What players with “Borders connections “ are they going to bring in ?
    Whoever they bring in it is unlikely they will be good enough to challenge these journeyman 7’s invitational sides who have made 7’s their speciality by playing the format regularly all over the world.
    I hope the weather is good because there is unlikely to be much rugby interest around the ground beyond the second round to encourage rugby spectators to attend ..

  3. I’m slightly confused by the Thumbs down, I thought there would be support for a Borders team, I wouldn’t mind a bit of a clue, please.

    • Clue: It used to be a CLUB 7s Tournament…
      The Borders Clubs were all invited with a chance of winning;
      and not as cannon-fodder for a bunch of made-up guest sides.

  4. It’s great to see this addition; well done to the Melrose Sevens Tournament Committee.


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