NEW ZEALAND guest side Bay of Plenty have pulled out of the Melrose Sevens, but English Premiership champions Saracens have been drafted in as replacements.
The late withdrawal of Bay of Plenty’s sponsor forced them to cancel their plans to compete at The Greenyards on Saturday, April 14. However, Saracens have accepted an invitation to replace them at short notice for their first appearance in the famous tournament. They will be managed by former Melrose favourite and Scotland back-row forward Kelly Brown.
Melrose president John Reed said “We are disappointed that Bay of Plenty will not be present, but delighted that Saracens have agreed to take part. It illustrates well the standing of Melrose Sevens that a club of Saracens’ standard are so keen to participate. Within an hour of discussing the matter at our sevens meeting on Thursday evening we had agreement in principal from Saracens and we are very grateful to Kelly Brown for his involvement. This will not affect the draw as Saracens will slot into the spot vacated by Bay of Plenty”.
Brown said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Saracens players to be involved in one of the most prestigious sevens tournaments in the world. We’re really looking forward to making the trip to Melrose and entering what I am sure will be a very fiercely contested event. Sevens rugby is a fantastic and fast flowing game and I know the guys who will be taking part can’t wait.”
REVISED MELROSE SEVENS DRAW (Sunday April 14, 2012)
Currie v Stirling County
Glasgow Hawks v Boroughmuir
Watsonians v Hamilton
Dundee HSFP v Whitecraigs
Stewart’s Melville v Peebles
Aberdeen Grammar v Hawick
Kelso v Gala
Langholm v Heriot’s
Currie or Stirling County v Jed-Forest
Glasgow Hawks or Boroughmuir v Hong Kong Scottish
Watsonians or Hamilton v Selkirk
Dundee HSFP or Whitecraigs v Melrose
Stewart’s Melville or Peebles v London Scottish
Aberdeen Grammar or Hawick v Singapore
Kelso or Gala v Edinburgh Accies
Langholm or Heriot’s v Saracens