Walkerburn Sevens

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Walkerburn Sevens
SportRugby sevens
Instituted1911
Number of teams16
CountryScotland Scotland
HoldersScotland Melrose Storm (2019)
Most titlesScotland Walkerburn (11 titles)
Related competitionKings of the Sevens

Walkerburn Sevens is an annual rugby sevens event held by Walkerburn RFC, in Walkerburn, Scotland. The Walkerburn Sevens was the sixth of the Border Sevens tournaments to be instated, in 1911, after the bigger events of the Border Sevens spring circuit.[1]

The Walkerburn Sevens is traditionally the last tournament of the Sevens season.[2] Although other Sevens events were to join the Borders Sevens Circuit later, the Walkerburn Sevens has kept its view as a finale from the other tournaments.[3]

The other Borders Sevens tournaments combine in a Kings of the Sevens league; the Walkerburn tournament is called the Prince of the Sevens.[4]

2019's Walkerburn Sevens will be played on 25 May.[5]

Sports Day[edit]

Walkerburn RFC introduced a Sports Day in 1911 featuring rugby sevens.[6]

Ballantyne Centenary Trophy[edit]

The winner of the Walkerburn Sevens receives the Jeremy Ballantyne Centenary Trophy.[7]

The player of the tournament receives the Davie Campbell Cup. Davie Campbell was a former Walkerburn RFC convener and club stalwart.[8]

Invited Sides[edit]

Various sides have been invited to play in the Walkerburn Sevens tournament throughout the years. A touring team from Carlisle RFC was invited in 2010, along with the invitational charity side Pigbarians RFC [3] The Army rugby union side was invited in 2005 and won the tournament.[9]

Sponsorship[edit]

The Sevens tournament is usually sponsored by Glendinning Groundworks as a main sponsor.[10] The club however receives many sponsors; it boasted of a club record of 200 sponsors in 2015.[2]

Past winners[edit]

'A' sides are shown where a club had entered two sides in the tournament

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC - A Sporting Nation - The first Melrose Sevens match 1883". www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ a b "YM end 16 year drought at Walkerburn". Border Telegraph.
  3. ^ a b "Walkerburn Sevens - Online Borders". onlineborders.org.uk.
  4. ^ "Player of the Tournament Jack Forrester". 5 May 2012 – via Flickr.
  5. ^ "Walkerburn RFC". www.facebook.com.
  6. ^ http://onlineborders.org.uk/community/wrfc/club-history
  7. ^ "Walkerburn Rugby Football Club". web.archive.org. 18 December 2005.
  8. ^ "Students top of the class at Walkerburn Sevens". Border Telegraph.
  9. ^ "Walkerburn Sevens Winners - Online Borders". onlineborders.org.uk.
  10. ^ "Walkerburn Rugby Football Club". web.archive.org. 29 October 2005.
  11. ^ https://www.peeblesshirenews.com/sport/17666594.storm-retain-walkerburn-sevens-title/