Edinburgh 7s announce the perfect partnership

Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s

As Scotland prepare for the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend (the sixth in the eight-leg IRB World Sevens Series), the Series finale, the Emirates Airline Edinburgh 7s, has announced the perfect partnership with Scottish rugby's most famous half-back pairing.

Borders sevens exponents Roy Laidlaw and John Rutherford joined forces in 35 tests for Scotland - which at the time was a world record for any international half-back pairing - and have now teamed up with the international sevens weekend as the build up for the two-day tournament began in earnest.

Laidlaw, who was the Scotland sevens team manager during the 2002 Commonwealth Games, said: "Growing up in the Borders sevens was always in important part of your rugby but when I was involved with the national sevens team I really had my eyes opened to what was happening around the world.

"There's a real party atmosphere so groups of friends and families can come along and have good time while on the pitch there's a real, international-standard competition."

Against a backdrop of carnival carousing, the eight-leg Series comes to a climax at the birth-place of rugby sevens, Scotland, on 29 and 30 May where 16 countries from around the world compete over two-days at Murrayfield Stadium.

Rutherford added: "It's party time and that's the way it should be - it should be a celebration and is fantastic for Scotland to get the last leg in the Series.

"I'm a big fan of sevens and the IRB Series, it's a terrific spectator sport. I think that anyone who comes along will be blown away by the athletisism and physicalty of these sevens players."

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: "Last year the Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens Festival attracted thousands of rugby fans to the city and generated more than £3 million for the Scottish economy. This year, we are expecting the event to be just as successful as rugby fans from across the UK flock to the city to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy this festival of rugby.

"Edinburgh has an unrivalled reputation as a destination for sport and the Edinburgh Sevens Festival is part of an impressive line up of rugby events taking place throughout the coming months. We look forward to welcoming the fans."

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