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The Kings of the Sevens tournaments take place at the host clubs' rugby grounds.

The Kings of the Sevens tournaments take place at the host clubs' rugby grounds from April onwards with 3 ‘double-header’ weekends.

For more about the 10 tournaments, select a 7s tournament below.

Gala Sevens
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Melrose Sevens
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Hawick Sevens
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Berwick Sevens
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Langholm Sevens
7s Tournament Details

Peebles Sevens
7s Tournament Details

Kelso Sevens
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Earlston Sevens
7s Tournament Details

Selkirk Sevens
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Jed-Forest Sevens
7s Tournament Details

Tournaments are much enjoyed by visitors and native Borderers alike. Come along to a tournament and enjoy rugby in some of Scotland's friendliest towns and most charming villages in the Scottish Borders.

About Sevens

The Scottish Borders is truly home to Rugby Sevens

The game of rugby sevens was conceived in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose in 1883. Sevens, also known as seven-a-side and VIIs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. The game is popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Notable international competitions include the IRB Sevens World Series and the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Rugby sevens is also played at some multi-sport events such as the Commonwealth Games.

Rugby sevens is now recognised as an Olympic sport and will make its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Home to Rugby Sevens

The Scottish Borders is truly home to Rugby Sevens - the game being invented by Ned Haig (IRB Hall of Fame) in 1883. Ned (born Jedburgh, 1858) was working as a butcher in Melrose, while playing for Melrose Rugby Club when he came up with the idea of hosting a one day rugby tournament to raise funds for the club.

"Want of money made us rack our brains as to what was to be done to keep the club from going to the wall, and the idea struck me that a football tournament might prove attractive."

The games were shortened from the usual 80 minutes to 15 (seven minutes for each half with one minute half-time), and the teams were reduced from 15 to seven players.

The first ever Rugby Sevens games was played at The Greenyards, the home ground of Melrose, on 28 April 1883 - as the main attraction of a sports day that also included running races and ball kicking events.

With the games being played at a frantic pace, the tournament was an instant success - and the other Borders club all set up their own tournaments. These tournaments are collectively known as 'The Borders Sevens Circuit', and unsurprisingly, it's the oldest Sevens circuit.

The ten most prestigious of these events are grouped into a league competition known as the 'Kings of the Sevens'.

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