Scottish Rugby has announced that the world famous HSBC Sevens World Series is coming to Glasgow.
The event, seen in more than 140 countries worldwide and with a following of over 200 million, will be held at Scotstoun Stadium on the weekend of 5 and 6 of May in 2012.
The move of the event from its traditional home in Edinburgh will give the people of Glasgow a chance to savour the unique festival atmosphere that a sevens tournament of this size and scale can deliver.
It puts Glasgow on the international circuit of sevens which also takes in Hong Kong, Dubai and Australia’s Gold Coast.
First Minister Alex Salmond, commenting on the launch while on a visit to Hong Kong with Scottish Rugby representatives, said:
“Scotland is well known as the home of rugby sevens and it will be tremendous to see this global spectacular staged in Glasgow. It is a city that knows how to put on a show and I have no doubt that come May, the people of Glasgow will take great pride in staging another major international event.
“Sevens has come a long way since Ned Haig came up with a way to raise money for Melrose Rugby Club back in 1883; it’s now a global brand, followed by millions around the world. But Scotland is its heritage, its heartbeat and we plan on putting on the best event in the series.
“Sport can be a tremendous power for good in society; keeping young people fit, teaching them about fair play, camaraderie and teamwork. Sport provides role models for the young people in our country to look up to and learn from and it is only right that we support events such as the Glasgow 7s.
“I’m very pleased that we are part of the launch today and we look forward to working with Scottish Rugby and all those involved in making the event a world-wide success.”
Scotstoun Stadium, soon to be home to the Glasgow Warriors rugby team, will see 16 teams from across the world competing and 15 thousand fans descend on the site each day for the penultimate leg of the World Series.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: "The IRB 7s is a truly international event and Scotland will once again prove to be the perfect stage for the action. Rugby 7s was invented in Scotland; and Scotstoun will undoubtedly be a welcome new home for the tournament, particularly as we approach 2014 when the Commonwealth Games come to the city. Visitors to Glasgow will experience both the excitement of world-class rugby 7s and the fantastic party atmosphere at the festival of rugby over the May weekend."
Scottish Rugby also announced two former international stars will act as Ambassadors for the Glasgow event. Scott Hastings won 65 test caps for Scotland from 1985 to 1997 and was twice a member of the British Lions. He is now much in demand in the world of media.
Thom Evans is a former Scotland 7s player himself and played 10 times for his country before injury prompted early retirement from the game. A gifted sprinter, Thom is now eyeing a place on the Scotland team for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
For more information and to read the full release, visit www.glasgow7s.com