HOWE of Fife Rugby Club is taking a major role in raising the profile of sevens rugby across Scotland.
The club has thrown its weight behind the new Legacy Sevens Series which is part of Glasgow’s legacy programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Legacy Sevens Series brings together already established rugby sevens competitions, including this year’s Howe Sevens which will be held at Duffus Park on Saturday, May 7.
The overall winner of the Legacy Sevens will be the side that accumulates the most points across all four events, with double points being awarded at the Glasgow City Sevens which is the final event in the series.
Rugby sevens is a core sport at the Commonwealth Games and has been identified as a key sport for development ahead of the 2014 event.
Bill Robertson, vice-president of Howe of Fife RFC, praised the development of the new series.
He said this year’s event at Duffus Park will see the Howe welcome 11 Premier League clubs including Stirling County, Aberdeen Grammar and Dundee HS plus the return of last year’s winners, Howe Exiles, to defend the title.
The balance will be provided by the ever present local sides and the charity side Pigbarians.
The tournament will start earlier this year with the under-18s competition for the Drummond Cup starting at noon and the main tournament for the JR Gray Trophy kicking off at the normal time of 1pm with the Ferrier Cup kicking off slightly later at 3pm.
Mr Robertson said the club was extremely grateful to sponsors Saltire Stables for their continued financial support, and to Highland Spring who are the tournament’s official water sponsors.
“It’s critical to the running of this event to have companies who are willing to donate both time and resources to enable us to continue to run what is seen as the premier sevens tournament in Tayside and Fife.”
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