Melrose Sevens

Melrose Sevens is an annual rugby sevens event held by Melrose Rugby Club, in Melrose, Scotland. It is the oldest rugby sevens competition in the world,[citation needed] dating back to 1883 when the tournament was suggested by former Melrose player Ned Haig.[citation needed] English side London Scottish are the current champions after beating Edinburgh Accies 29-12 in the 2019 final to win the event since for the first time since 1965.[1][2]

Melrose Sevens
SportRugby sevens
Number of teams24
CountryScotland Scotland
HoldersEngland London Scottish (2019)
Most titlesScotland Hawick (28 titles)
Broadcast partnerBBC Scotland
Related competitionKings of the Sevens


Held every April, the tournament is part of the Kings of the Sevens competition, and has attracted teams from as far afield as Japan, Hong Kong, Uruguay and South Africa.

From 2018 the playing time in the final was cut from twenty minutes to fourteen minutes which is in line with the standard match time.[citation needed]

The 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.[3]

Media coverageEdit

Domestically, the tournament is broadcast live on BBC Scotland and BBC Online,[4] and locally, from the first tie right through to the final, on Radio Borders.[citation needed]

Past winnersEdit

Number of winsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ralph Mellon (14 April 2019). "London Scots show quality at the Greenyards". The Southern Reporter. JPI Media. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  2. ^ "London Scottish remain a rugby enigma despite Melrose Sevens win". The Scotsman. JPI Media. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus: Melrose Sevens postponed". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Melrose Sevens: BBC Scotland to broadcast action from Greenyards". BBC Sport. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2020.

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