Guest Teams announced for Melrose Sevens

Top international sides will take part in the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens on 9th April, including teams from ITALY, FRANCE, BELGIUM and EDINBURGH RUGBY. Melrose RFC is also delighted to announce the continued sponsorship from Aberdeen Asset Management as main sponsor for the 2016 event.


 Trevor Jackson, President of Melrose RFC said “I am delighted to announce that Melrose Sevens 2016 is to be sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and I am extremely grateful to them for their continued support. Since the first sevens at Melrose in 1883, the game has grown into a global phenomenon, and remains one of the fastest growing team sports in the world at this time. With the World Rugby series increasing in popularity each year, and the excitement of inclusion for the first time this year in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we are delighted to welcome back Aberdeen Asset Management as sponsors of the tournament where it all began. The event will be a 24 team tournament and I am delighted that development sides from France and Italy, the Belgian national side and Edinburgh Rugby will be our guest teams for 2016.

 Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens Convener, Ian Cooper, says he is delighted with the calibre of the sides the event has attracted this year.  “The 2016 tournament looks to be an exciting programme of sevens rugby. With Europe being a topical subject just now we felt European sides would be appropriate. Edinburgh will make their debut, and looking to challenge, will be guest development sides from Italy and France as well as the Scottish teams. In addition, a national team from Belgium will see the club's policy of widening our sevens participation experience even further. With Rugby Sevens being included for the first time as an Olympic event this year in Brazil, the profile of the game has never been higher. We are also extremely grateful to Aberdeen Asset Management for their continued sponsorship. This is the fifth year they have been involved and we appreciate their support. Let's hope the sun shines on The Greenyards on the 9th of April".

 Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management commented:

“We are delighted to be supporting the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens for the fifth year running and in what promises to be a momentous year for the sport.

With both the game of rugby sevens and our company being founded in Scotland, we are very proud to be associated with this historic event and look forward to seeing the game being played in Rio come August.

We expect the 126th edition of the Melrose Sevens to be as exciting as ever with a high calibre of local and international talent on show for the 12,000 plus spectators in attendance along with those watching live on BBC Scotland. Rugby sevens is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and this year Melrose Rugby Club will play host to its 33rd annual Junior Sports Clinic. With access to professional coaching and mentoring these young players have an opportunity to become the stars of the future, which is great to see.

We hope you enjoy the tournament.”

 Scottish Rugby President Ed Crozier said: “What a year for seven-a-side rugby! The game invented in Melrose will be seen in Rio later this year, as rugby returns to the Olympic movement. “Melrose are rightly proud of their role as custodians of the abbreviated game and it’s terrific that they continue to use their tournament as a catalyst for the development of the game, evident from the invitations to teams from Belgium and Italy, for example. “It’s also grand reward for Marr, for the progress they’ve made up the leagues and the style of rugby they espouse, to be invited to Melrose 7s.  “And after the success of Glasgow Warriors over the last two seasons, Edinburgh Rugby now has the opportunity to display their prowess. Good luck to all competing teams.”

Cllr David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council and local member for Melrose said: “This year’s Melrose Sevens will benefit massively from the arrival of the Borders Railway and for the first time rugby enthusiasts from all over Scotland and beyond have an opportunity to come to our region by train and experience all that Melrose has to offer.  Melrose RFC work tirelessly to put together a fantastic sevens programme and their event is a great day for all the family and enjoyed by a great many Borderers and by those from out with our region. Scottish Borders Council is pleased to play a small part in the Melrose 7s and I have no doubt that the event will be a tremendous success" 

 The Davidson Chalmers VETS Tournament

“Davidson Chalmers is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Melrose Sevens VETS tournament for the seventh consecutive year.  Since its launch in 2008, the VETS tournament has opened the Melrose Sevens weekend, one of the UK’s biggest annual celebrations of rugby. Veterans’ events are now established as an integral part of social rugby and enjoyed nowhere more enthusiastically than in Melrose, the international home of rugby sevens.“Our long and proud track record in supporting local rugby along with a range of other events and activities in the Borders has culminated in the opening of a new office in Galashiels which further underlines Davidson Chalmers’ commitment to the area.”

Andy Drane, Partner

 Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Melrose 7s is always a headline attraction on Scotland’s rugby calendar and we are delighted to support the event again in 2016 through our Beacon Programme. Melrose 7s has additional international significance this year as rugby makes its return to the Olympic Games and we are delighted that the event is set to welcome the Belgian national team and development sides from France and Italy. We are sure they’ll be treated to the finest Scottish hospitality during their visit.”

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