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Sevens tickets selling fast

Every year the Melrose Sevens tournament attracts thousands of people into the sleepy Border's town.

Ticket sales can often vary, depending on the weather. However, this year has already seen a huge demand for tickets to the games and the after-party.

"This year we've already seen an excellent response to ticket sales.

"Our stands are sold out, however ground tickets will be available at the gate if somebody just rocks up and appears, we're more than happy to sell them a ticket at the gate."

– Douglas Hardie, Melrose Rugby Club

Melrose Sevens week underway

Preparations are well underway at The Greenyards Credit: ITV News Border

The official countdown has began for the 2015 Melrose Sevens tournament.

This year will see the 125th playing of the sevens, with guest teams coming from South Africa and Germany.

It's the oldest sevens tournament in the world, and attracts crowds of up to 15,000 every year.

The tournament was the brainchild of Melrose butcher Ned Haig, who held the first ever sevens in 1883. The seven-a-side game is now considered the fastest growing team sport in the world and will be included in the 2016 Rio Olympics.


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