Berwick forced to wait for sevens opener

RUGBY: The Berwick sevens squad will have to wait until this weekend before kick-starting their spring campaign after the John Laing Sevens at Kelso was cancelled.

Berwick, who were not invited to Gala Sevens on Saturday, had hoped to use it as preparation for the inaugural Hawick Linden Sevens this weekend and their own Berwick Sevens a week on Sunday.

The inaugural Hawick Linden Sevens takes place at Volunteer Park on Saturday, giving the smaller clubs not participating in the Melrose Sevens at the Greeyards a chance to play competitive sevens.

The event has been arranged at short notice in order to fill in a gap in the sevens calendar at junior level, but Hawick Linden are hoping it will become a permanent fixture.

Eight teams are taking part and will be split into two pools, with the top two in each group going forward to the semi-finals. Berwick are in Pool A alongside Hawick Harlequins, Selkirk and Annan, with Hawick Linden, Kelso, Penicuik and North Berwick in Pool B. The first tie is at 12.30pm.

Teams will be playing for the Life Members Cup and medals, donated by George Storey, Bill Russell and Rob Beattie, whilst Moria Black, wife of club president Rob, has donated the player of the tournament trophy.