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Melrose: The home of Rugby Sevens

Rugby Sevens is a tournament that originated in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Teams from all over the world travel to Melrose to play at the "home of rugby" every year.

Rugby sevens is a variant of Rugby Union, but there are seven players in each team instead of 15, and the games are shorter.

Then ten most prestigious of the Borders tournaments make up a league competition which is called the Kings of the Sevens. Teams gain points dependent on their progression in individual tournaments.

The winner has ten points, the runner-up takes seven, semi-finalists gain five points and those who are eliminated keep three points.


The history behind Melrose Sevens

Rugby Sevens was founded in Melrose back in 1883 and is now played internationally

The idea of the sevens tournament.was thought up by Melrose-based butcher, Ned Haig, as a means to generate more cash for the rugby club.

Melrose Sevens was first played at The Greenyards, Melrose Rugby Club's home ground, where it is still played today. This year is the 124th tournament.

Melrose benefits from Sevens

Around 12,000 people are expected to visit Melrose tomorrow for the world famous Sevens tournament.

Melrose High Street is already busy with visitors Credit: ITV News Border

This year the event has attracted rugby teams from America and Trinidad and Tobego.

WIndow displays in the town have a Rugby theme Credit: ITV News Border

Its thought the event brings in £2million to the local economy.

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